Archive for the ‘“Grateful Dead”’ Category

Photos of Alembic, then and now

Friday, November 14th, 2014

This week I visited Alembic Inc. for the first time in more than 30 years. This is a link to a set of photos from this visit, plus a few shots I took in September 1978 when I was there to write a story for BAM Magazine.

Alembic – photos by David Gans (1978 and 2014)


November 12, 2014 plus a few images from September 1978

Guest blogger on “Dead for a Day”

Monday, October 6th, 2014

I was invited to post on Dead for a Year about a favorite piece of Grateful Dead music, and I chose to write about the big second-set jam of 5/19/74. Visit Dead for a Year and check it out!

Keep a good thought for Bob Weir

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
Bob Weir in his studio, early '80s

Bob Weir in his studio, early ’80s

“Circumstances have necessitated that all scheduled tour dates for Bob Weir & RatDog are being cancelled. This applies to all dates on the summer tour starting on Thursday, August 14 in Boston through September 14 in Nashville and also includes the Jamaica event in January of 2015….”

New GD photos on flickr

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

I added a few photos to my Grateful Dead set on flickr. Here’s one…

Bob and Brent

Thought for the day

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

I’m going through hundreds of interviews, searching for stories to put into this book I’m working on with Blair Jackson. There’s a lot of great stuff that doesn’t really fit into an oral history but really ought to be shared. This is from a December 2013 interview with producer/director Allan Arkush, a longtime friend of Jerry Garcia:

For most of my adult life, I’ve worked almost every Friday night. That’s the nature of television: you start 7:00 Monday morning, but you do your night stuff at the end of the week. And especially when you’re doing shows like Crossing Jordan, where you always find bodies at night. That’s the genre.

Whatever the show is or wherever you are, you’re working on Friday night ’til about three or four in the morning. You wake up Saturday morning – and you never get enough sleep, because the work is still bouncing in my head – I’m not rested, but I’m too tired to do anything else.

I’ve developed this habit of lying in bed, putting on earbuds or headphones, and playing the Dead, and not doing anything for two or three hours. It always has to be the Dead, because you don’t know which way the music is gonna go. I don’t want to hear just song, song, song: I want to be taken somewhere else. It’s a way to restore myself, both mentally and physically. It’s meditative, to me.

KPFA Marathon – link to playlist

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

This link will take you the playlist and relevant links.

Shirts designed and produced by Papa Lindsey

Shirts designed and produced by Papa Lindsey

Posts from Lost Live Dead

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Corry Arnold is sharing historical info from his amazing blog today.

September 1973 tour itinerary

10/17/73 in Dallas

Jerry Garcia’s keyboardists

Jerry Garcia and his banjo in Santa Cruz 1973-75

Bob Weir and Kingfish 1984-1987

According to Corry Arnold, Bob Weir learned “Me and My Uncle” from Curly Jim

Go Ahead – Brent Mydland and Bill Kreutzmann

Grateful Dead in Nashville 1972

Jerry Garcia concert attendance 1961-1990

KPFA Grateful Dead Marathon TODAY 2/8!

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

TODAY’S THE DAY! I’ll be on KPFA from 9 am to 1 am PST playing lots of Grateful Dead-related music. And only the best, mind you!

Also airing on KPFK and its related frequencies in southern California, and webcasting via,,,, and

Phone in your pledge at 510-848-5732 or 1-800-439-5732, or pledge online at

Playlist will be updated as we go!


Thursday, February 6th, 2014

NO MORE BIDS. Winning bidders are listed here

Total of the bids is $2235!

KPFA AUCTIONS ARE OVER! Thanks to all who participated!

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Assuming everybody pays up, we netted $2385 for KPFA! Great thanks to the donors and to the bidders!

Here are links to all the open auctions for this year’s KPFA Grateful Dead marathon, which takes place on Saturday, February 8, 9am to 1am PST. Bidding is open now and will end at noon PST on Thursday, February 6. Place your bids in the comments section of each post, and check back to see if you’ve been topped!

Barlovento Chocolates truffle-making: no bids!

Grateful Dead 1977 by Peter Simon: winning bid $150 by John Tully

Jerry Garcia 10/22/78 by Ed Perlstein: winning bid – Winning bid: $100 by Richie Greenbaum

Jerry Garcia, John McEuen, and Steve Martin 1974 by Jon Sievert: winning bids $210 by Andy Harris, AND $225 by Dave Glasser. Thanks to Jon Sievert for donating two prints!

Bob Weir 1969 by Rosie McGee: winning bid $150 by Erin Skypilot

Pigpen 1969 by Rosie McGee: winning bid $150 by Jon Lucke

Jerry Garcia 10/89 by Bob Minkin: winning bid $200 by Brooks Hannock

Grateful Dead 6/16/74 by Kirk West: winning bid $250 by Phil Pratt

Jerry Garcia 12/10/92 by Jay Blakesberg: current bid $175 by Rick Chael

Spring 1990 boxed set: winning bid $350 by Jay Rorty

Laminated backstage pass – Spring 1989 tour: winning bid $175 by Jon Lucke

Laminated backstage pass – Spring 1990 tour: current bid $250 by Jimmy