History Music / TheGratefulDead

23rd Apr '16 10:51:06 AM Goldfritha
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* OurGhostsAreDifferent: The story that they found their name by one of them opening a dictionary are true. It was a folklore dictionary. "The grateful dead" or "the grateful dead man" occurs in fairy tales where the hero arranges for a stranger's funeral, usually with the last of his money, and is joined by a companion who saves the day and often marries him off to a princess before revealing that he is the ghost of the man who was buried.
8th Mar '16 4:39:19 AM bt8257
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The line-up was Jerry Garcia (lead guitar), Bob Weir (rhythm guitar), Phil Lesh (bass), Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann (drums - yes, two drummers, folks!) and a succession of keyboardists starting with Ron "Pig Pen" [=McKernan=]. Garcia and Weir were the primary vocalists in the group and were as different as night and day; while Garcia had a wispy, almost fragile sounding voice, Weir was best known for some of the group's most raucous rock and roll "shouters" and his fondness for "cowboy songs." Most of the band's songs were collaborations between Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter, though Weir contributed many as well, particularly with the help of lyricist John Perry Barlow. They also had an enormous library of covers, especially traditional Americana and blues, plus more modern country and rock pieces.

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The line-up was Jerry Garcia (lead guitar), Bob Weir (rhythm guitar), Phil Lesh (bass), Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann (drums - yes, two drummers, folks!) and a succession of keyboardists starting with Ron "Pig Pen" "Pigpen" [=McKernan=]. Garcia and Weir were the primary vocalists in the group and were as different as night and day; while Garcia had a wispy, almost fragile sounding voice, Weir was best known for some of the group's most raucous rock and roll "shouters" and his fondness for "cowboy songs." Most of the band's songs were collaborations between Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter, though Weir contributed many as well, particularly with the help of lyricist John Perry Barlow. They also had an enormous library of covers, especially traditional Americana and blues, plus more modern country and rock pieces.
6th Jul '15 7:11:10 PM TheHappySpaceman
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* AerithAndBob: Jerry, Bob, Phil, Bill... and Pigpen.
30th May '15 8:50:53 PM Mdumas43073
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The Grateful Dead were a six-piece group formed in San Francisco in the [[TheSixties mid-1960s]], best known for their improvisatory style of rock music, taking elements of [[PsychedelicRock psychedelia]], country, folk, 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 festival), and have a reputation for long tours and musically exploratory shows where one song often blends into another.

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The '''The Grateful Dead Dead''' were a six-piece group formed in San Francisco in the [[TheSixties mid-1960s]], best known for their improvisatory style of rock music, taking elements of [[PsychedelicRock psychedelia]], country, folk, 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 festival), and have a reputation for long tours and musically exploratory shows where one song often blends into another.
30th May '15 8:50:37 PM Mdumas43073
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* RockstarSong: "Truckin'"
29th Apr '15 9:18:17 PM bt8257
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* ''[[OldShame Steal Your Face]]'' (1976)

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* ''[[OldShame Steal ''Steal Your Face]]'' Face'' (1976)
15th Feb '15 12:54:58 AM Patachou
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* SoloSideProject: Guitarist Jerry Garcia released several solo albums, and also had several side projects, including Saunders and Garcia (rock and funk), Old and In the Way (bluegrass), and Wales and Garcia (free jazz). All this while still remaining a member of The Grateful Dead.
6th Feb '15 3:41:49 PM Patachou
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The Grateful Dead were a six-piece group formed in San Francisco in the [[TheSixties mid-1960s]], best known for their improvisatory style of rock music, taking elements of psychedelia, country, folk, 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 festival), 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 San Francisco in the [[TheSixties mid-1960s]], best known for their improvisatory style of rock music, taking elements of psychedelia, [[PsychedelicRock psychedelia]], country, folk, 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 festival), and have a reputation for long tours and musically exploratory shows where one song often blends into another.



The Dead are probably as famous for their fanbase as they are for their music. The [[FanCommunityNickNames Deadheads]], as they're known, were so dedicated that many of them would follow the band on tour for extended stretches of time, and [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes trade tapes of past concerts]]. This latter practice was encouraged by the group. Since the Dead never worked from a show-to-show set list, trading tapes became to the Deadheads the ideal way to experience the music short of attending a concert live. Compounding this is that many consider the recordings of their songs from the original albums often pale to live versions of the same song, though some albums, notably ''American Beauty'' and ''Workingman's Dead'', are still considered classics. The Dead toured every year of their existence except 1975, drawing millions of fans, both hardcore touring "heads" and casual listeners across the country. In spite of this cult popularity, the Grateful Dead were never quite as famous or mainstream as many of their peers of the period. In 1987, the band scored the sole US Top 40 hit in their long career, "[[BlackSheepHit Touch of Grey]]", a catchy pop tune that had the odd side effect of turning their erstwhile cult into a stadium-filling circus for the rest of their career. This later period was a time of ups and downs, as the band were playing bigger shows than ever, but the influx of new fans led to some unfortunate incidents at shows. Keyboardist Brent Mydland died of a drug overdose, and Garcia's own health and addictions fluctuated wildly.

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The Dead are probably as famous for their fanbase as they are for their music. The [[FanCommunityNickNames Deadheads]], as they're known, were so dedicated that many of them would follow the band on tour for extended stretches of time, and [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes trade tapes of past concerts]]. This latter practice was encouraged by the group. Since the Dead never worked from a show-to-show set list, trading tapes became to the Deadheads the ideal way to experience the music short of attending a concert live. Compounding this is that many consider the recordings of their songs from the original albums often pale to live versions of the same song, though some albums, notably ''American Beauty'' ''Music/AmericanBeauty'' and ''Workingman's Dead'', are still considered classics. The Dead toured every year of their existence except 1975, drawing millions of fans, both hardcore touring "heads" and casual listeners across the country. In spite of this cult popularity, the Grateful Dead were never quite as famous or mainstream as many of their peers of the period. In 1987, the band scored the sole US Top 40 hit in their long career, "[[BlackSheepHit Touch of Grey]]", a catchy pop tune that had the odd side effect of turning their erstwhile cult into a stadium-filling circus for the rest of their career. This later period was a time of ups and downs, as the band were playing bigger shows than ever, but the influx of new fans led to some unfortunate incidents at shows. Keyboardist Brent Mydland died of a drug overdose, and Garcia's own health and addictions fluctuated wildly.



After Garcia's death and the Dead's disbandment, a band from Vermont called {{Phish}}, which had existed for about ten years and had already started to become popular with college crowds, became [[SpiritualSuccessor the de facto jam band for people to follow]]. However, Phish and The Dead have very different sounds as fans of either band will point out - while both psychedelic bands, the Dead was more country and folk influenced, while Phish found their influences in jazz and alternative rock.

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After Garcia's death and the Dead's disbandment, a band from Vermont called {{Phish}}, Music/{{Phish}}, which had existed for about ten years and had already started to become popular with college crowds, became [[SpiritualSuccessor the de facto jam band for people to follow]]. However, Phish and The Dead have very different sounds as fans of either band will point out - while both psychedelic bands, the Dead was more country and folk influenced, while Phish found their influences in jazz and alternative rock.



* ''Anthem of the Sun'' (1968)

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* ''Anthem of the Sun'' ''Music/AnthemOfTheSun'' (1968)



* ''American Beauty'' (1970)

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* ''American Beauty'' ''Music/AmericanBeauty'' (1970)



* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of the Grateful Dead]]'' (1974)

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* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum Skeletons ''Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of the Grateful Dead]]'' (1974)Dead'' (1974) (a GreatestHitsAlbum)



* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum What a Long Strange Trip It's Been]]'' (1977)

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* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum What ''What a Long Strange Trip It's Been]]'' (1977)Been'' (1977) (another GreatestHitsAlbum)



* ''[[BobDylan Dylan]] & The Dead'' (1989)

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* ''[[BobDylan ''[[Music/BobDylan Dylan]] & The Dead'' (1989)



* DisproportionateRetribution: see OldShame for details. Steal Your Face was two disks totalling about 84 minutes of material. The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack was five disks, adding 300 more minutes of material from that era.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: see OldShame for details. Steal ''Steal Your Face Face'' was two disks totalling about 84 minutes of material. The ''The Grateful Dead Movie Movie'' Soundtrack was five disks, adding 300 more minutes of material from that era.



* EpicRocking

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* EpicRockingEpicRocking: Most of their songs are epic jams of several minutes of length.



* PsychedelicRock: One of the most famous groups in this genre.



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The band was scheduled to play at Altamont, but bailed after hearing that Marty Balin of Music/JeffersonAirplane was knocked out trying to break up a fight between the Hell's Angels Music/TheRollingStones had hired to do security and the audience, as seen in the ''Gimme Shelter'' documentary.

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The band was scheduled to play at Altamont, but bailed after hearing that Marty Balin of Music/JeffersonAirplane was knocked out trying to break up a fight between the Hell's Angels Music/TheRollingStones had hired to do security and the audience, as seen in the ''Gimme Shelter'' ''Film/GimmeShelter'' documentary.
5th Feb '15 5:18:10 PM Schroeder1174
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* {{Improv}}: The band is known for their long epic james, which is also why they were better appreciated during live concerts.

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* {{Improv}}: The band is known for their long epic james, jams, which is also why they were better appreciated during live concerts.
1st Jan '15 6:41:59 PM Patachou
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* MainstreamObscurity and PopCulturalOsmosis: If you have to name a cult rock band they are perhaps the best example, due to their fanbase even having a special nickname ("Deadheads") and many of them religiously attending their concerts. They are also most people's idea of ''hippie music''. Yet, when all of that is said and done: how many songs or albums can you name by this group? That's right, the Grateful Dead are actually more famous as an iconic hippie band,''stoner'' band and/or concert experience than for their songs or albums.
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