History Music / TheGratefulDead

8th Feb '18 10:32:49 AM thelivingtoad
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The band formally dissolved in the wake of Jerry Garcia’s demise, though members will occasionally reunite for special occasions, and they have performed under other names as TheBandMinusTheFace (e.g., The Other Ones, The Dead, Furthur, Dead & Company, etc.). Dead & Company - which features Weir, Hart, Kruetzmann and Music/JohnMayer (Lesh having declined a spot) - is the current touring iteration of the group, and has surprisingly defied early fan skepticism (largely due to the presence of Mayer) by becoming one of the most popular touring acts of the past few years and easily the most successful of the post-Dead reunion groups.

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The band formally dissolved in the wake of Jerry Garcia’s demise, though members will occasionally reunite for special occasions, and they have performed under other names as TheBandMinusTheFace (e.g., The Other Ones, The Dead, Furthur, Dead & Company, etc.). Dead & Company - which features Weir, Hart, Kruetzmann Kreutzmann and Music/JohnMayer (Lesh having declined a spot) - is the current touring iteration of the group, and has surprisingly defied early fan skepticism (largely due to the presence of Mayer) by becoming one of the most popular touring acts of the past few years and easily the most successful of the post-Dead reunion groups.
8th Feb '18 10:32:18 AM thelivingtoad
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The band formally dissolved in the wake of Jerry Garcia’s demise, though members will occasionally reunite for special occasions, and they have performed under other names as TheBandMinusTheFace (e.g., The Other Ones, The Dead, Furthur, [[Music/JohnMayer Dead & Company]], etc.). Culturally, outside of their music, the band’s most famous impact is arguably the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor “Cherry Garcia,” the company’s best-selling flavor, which was briefly made with black cherries after his passing. Selected songs from their studio albums are also available for download in the video game ''VideoGame/RockBand'' (incidentally, several programmers have expressed that Grateful Dead songs in particular are a serious pain to chart).

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The band formally dissolved in the wake of Jerry Garcia’s demise, though members will occasionally reunite for special occasions, and they have performed under other names as TheBandMinusTheFace (e.g., The Other Ones, The Dead, Furthur, [[Music/JohnMayer Dead & Company]], Company, etc.). Dead & Company - which features Weir, Hart, Kruetzmann and Music/JohnMayer (Lesh having declined a spot) - is the current touring iteration of the group, and has surprisingly defied early fan skepticism (largely due to the presence of Mayer) by becoming one of the most popular touring acts of the past few years and easily the most successful of the post-Dead reunion groups.

Culturally, outside of their music, the band’s most famous impact is arguably the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor “Cherry Garcia,” the company’s best-selling flavor, which was briefly made with black cherries after his passing. Selected songs from their studio albums are also available for download in the video game ''VideoGame/RockBand'' (incidentally, several programmers have expressed that Grateful Dead songs in particular are a serious pain to chart).
23rd Jan '18 7:17:44 AM Cryoclaste
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The Grateful Dead were a six-piece group formed in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco in the [[TheSixties mid-1960s]], best known for their improvisatory style of rock music, taking elements of PsychedelicRock, CountryMusic, FolkMusic, {{Blues}} and whatever else they thought would fit. Essentially, they were the godfathers of the Jam Band genre. They appeared at the now famous Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and the even more famous original {{Woodstock}} festival in 1969 (however, band members admit they weren’t at top form at either one), and have a reputation for long tours and musically exploratory shows where one song often blends into another.

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The Grateful Dead were a six-piece group formed in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco in the [[TheSixties mid-1960s]], best known for their improvisatory style of rock music, taking elements of PsychedelicRock, CountryMusic, FolkMusic, {{Blues}} and whatever else they thought would fit. Essentially, they were the godfathers of the Jam Band genre. They appeared at the now famous Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and the even more famous original {{Woodstock}} UsefulNotes/{{Woodstock}} festival in 1969 (however, band members admit they weren’t at top form at either one), and have a reputation for long tours and musically exploratory shows where one song often blends into another.
13th Jan '18 8:34:35 PM WilliamRadarStorm
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The "Touch of Grey" video. In real life, the hair follicles are rooted in the skin, meaning that skeletons wouldn't have them. [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality If the filmmakers followed that rule, however, Jerry Garcia would be borderline unrecognizable.]]

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The "Touch of Grey" video. In real life, the hair follicles are rooted in the skin, meaning that skeletons wouldn't have them. [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality If the filmmakers followed that rule, however, Jerry Garcia most of the band members would be borderline unrecognizable.]]]]
* AvantGardeMusic: Mostly on ''Music/AnthemOfTheSun'' and ''Aoxomoxoa'', the two albums Constanten appeared on. Constanten, a Terry Riley alumni, was a fan of prepared piano (think Music/JohnCage's piano sonatas) and tape looping, something most rock bands ''today'' don't do, so this was almost unheard of back then.
9th Dec '17 12:25:54 AM CassandraLeo
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* ''Wake Up to Find Out'' (2014)
2nd Dec '17 4:04:58 PM CassandraLeo
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* RevolvingDoorBand: Downplayed; the band was infamous for its rotating keyboard spot, but apart from the occasional spots in the band’s early and late career where they had ''two'' keyboardists simultaneously, most of the changes to the position happened years apart. The core of the band - Garcia, Lesh, Kreutzmann, Hart, Weir, and Hunter - remained together from 1967 up through Garcia’s death in 1995, apart from a few years in the 1970s when Hart took a sabbatical.

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* RevolvingDoorBand: Downplayed; the band was infamous for its rotating keyboard spot, but apart from the occasional spots in the band’s early and late career where they had ''two'' keyboardists simultaneously, most of the changes to the position happened years apart. The core of the band - Garcia, Lesh, Kreutzmann, Hart, Weir, and Hunter - remained together from 1967 up through Garcia’s death in 1995, apart from a few years in the 1970s when Hart took a sabbatical. (Regardless, the Dead’s keyboard slot was probably the real-life inspiration for Film/SpinalTap’s rotating drummer slot, which - of course - took this trope UpToEleven.)
2nd Dec '17 3:59:01 PM CassandraLeo
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* MisogynySong: The reason “Money Money” was only performed live a few times was that the band themselves quickly began to perceive it as one of these. In general, their work mostly averts this trope.
30th Nov '17 12:32:20 AM CassandraLeo
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** Music/TheBeachBoys on a few songs on April 27, 1971.



** Saxophonist Branford Marsalis on several occasions, most famously March 29, 1990, an occasion for which they played “Dark Star” for the first time in around six months. This show is available as ''Wake Up to Find Out'' and as part of the ''Spring 1990 (The Other One)'' box set. Marsalis also performed with the band on New Year’s Eve 1990; December 10, 1993; and December 14, 1994.

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** Saxophonist Branford Marsalis on several occasions, most famously March 29, 1990, an occasion for which they played “Dark Star” for the first time in around six months. This show is available as ''Wake Up to Find Out'' and as part of the ''Spring 1990 (The Other One)'' box set. Marsalis also performed with the band on at least New Year’s Eve 1990; 1990 and December 10, 1993; and December 14, 1994.1993.


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** A long list of guest spots can be found [[https://archive.org/details/AllGratefulDeadGuestSit-ins66To95 here]].
30th Nov '17 12:28:57 AM CassandraLeo
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** Saxophonist Branford Marsalis on several occasions, most famously March 29, 1990, an occasion for which they played “Dark Star” for the first time in around six months. This show is available as ''Wake Up to Find Out'' and as part of the ''Spring 1990 (The Other One)'' box set. Marsalis also performed with the band on New Year’s Eve 1990; December 10, 1993; and December 14, 1994.
29th Nov '17 11:54:11 PM CassandraLeo
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* GreenAesop: Many of their later songs, including “We Can Run” and “Throwing Stones”, have ecological themes.
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