Historic Pieces

The Dead and It's Guests: Top 5 Shows Featuring Guests

The Dead and It's Guests: Top 5 Shows Featuring Guests

The Grateful Dead, over their thirty-year career, has spanned thousands of shows, blended swathes of musical styles, and changed forever the culture of jam band music. Blessing upon several of these shows were guests. These were always a treat to see at a show. A new voice, a new sound, a new take on the music that we are all so familiar with. Guests ranged from the infamous Dylan and the Dead shows to David Crosby, and world sounds such as Hamza Al-Din. Here, I will give you my...


Influences, and Influenced By: Miles Davis

Influences, and Influenced By: Miles Davis

Miles Davis; the behemoth that is fusion and experimental jazz. The man that stands in high regards in the world of jazz, he pushed the envelope of jazz into experimentation, making unique sounds, rhythms, and riffs that have never been played before in the realm of improvisational music. He truly bent the meaning of jazz with his album Bitches Brew and forever changed the landscape of what jazz is, and what it could be. He was a remarkable innovator. So it’s no coincidence that on a quiet night in...


The Heady History of Mexico

The Heady History of Mexico

“The Grateful Dead have the ability to transform. We’re playing music, but that’s not all we’re doing. We’re doing something besides entertaining. People come to be changed, and we change them” – Mickey Hart
 
As our psychedelic cowboys gear up to head down to Mexico for “Playing in the Sand”, hundreds of Deadheads will also strap on their shoes and head down to the...


The Other Ones: Lituania and the Grateful Dead in the 1992 Olympic Games

The Other Ones: Lituania and the Grateful Dead in the 1992 Olympic Games

Every decade is fazed by the smog of various happenings that describe the never-ending script of history. Social unrest in the sixties, rock n’ roll making its way into the seventies along with the Vietnam war, Reagan, and drugs in the eighties, and in the nineties, the giant that was the Soviet Union fell and crumbled. Before collapsing, several countries rose up and tried to declare their independence from their authoritarian masters. Poland, Ukraine, Estonia, Moldova; all satellite countries of the Soviets began to slowly break away from the...