Archive for the ‘“Grateful Dead”’ Category

This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

This Is All a Dream We Dreamed

Reminder that amazon is taking pre-orders for This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, by Blair Jackson and David Gans. Publication date is November 10, 2015.

“Jerry, Kesey, Bobby, Billy, Bear — this amazing book speaks to me out loud, inside my head, in all the voices of the Grateful Dead! It’s an audio illumination of family, fans, and friends and the long, strange trip. It leaps straight out of the tree-flesh to dance in our dreams.” — Wavy Gravy

Despite its title, what makes this book different from all other books on the Grateful Dead is that it is anything but dreamlike. It is down-to-earth, plain-spoken, without special pleading or arguments for differing levels of awareness. You didn’t have to be there. On many pages, this could be the story of any band – the story as it emerges here carries no pretentions – and elsewhere it is the story of people doing their work. And it is so full of the intensity and repetitions of ordinary life that it throws the work that was done into a new light. – Greil Marcus

The Grateful Dead, when they were making music together, may have sometimes seemed “more than human,” but they were always to first to admit that they were less than perfect. Here they are, in all their cockeyed glory. Gans and Jackson have orchestrated a shrewd, essential account of the band members’ lives and times, a tale as polyphonic as the electronic Dixieland they unperfected through the years, to our (and their) enduring delight and awe. – Nick Paumgarten

Podcast interview: “Cosmic Lion Radio”

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Drawing by Eli Schwab

Interview with Eli Schwab on Cosmic Lion Radio. Listen here. Eli did the drawing, too!

DG on “Morning Coffee”

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

On Monday, April 27, I appeared on RadioVision Network‘s Morning Coffee. My friend Denny Horn arranged it, and wound up on the air with me. Barbara Freire was the host.


A great adventure in local media! Watch it here. – about 28 minutes.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1390

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Week of May 11, 2015

Part 1 43:03
Grateful Dead March 22, 1972 Academy of Music, New York NY

Part 2 11:43
Grateful Dead March 22, 1972 Academy of Music, New York NY
Grateful Dead, Birth of the Dead

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

St. Martin’s Press, presenting the autobiography of Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann. In Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead, the Dead’s founding drummer has written an account of playing in the original jam band for thirty years. Deal is available now in stores and online

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, whose stage Grateful Dead played 18 times from 1970-1971 alone. History will be recreated on May 29 and 30 with popular Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra. Events, information, and ticketing at

Da Capo Press, presenting the new book, So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead, a riveting narrative history of the Dead by the acclaimed author of Fire and Rain and contributing editor to Rolling Stone, David Browne. So Many Roads is available wherever books and ebooks are sold.

Amazing Jim Marshall photos from 1967

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

I am selling this wonderful Jim Marshall print to raise money for a recording project.


Place your bids here!

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1385

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Week of April 6, 2015

Part 1 32:43
Grateful Dead 6/14/87 County Fairgrounds, Ventura CA

Part 2 22:47
Grateful Dead 6/14/87 County Fairgrounds, Ventura CA
Grateful Dead rehearsal 2/10/93 San Rafael CA

I’m including the 6/14/87 encore here, out of sequence, so as not to make mincemeat of the second half of set 2. You’ll get all of that (in two pieces) next week.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Grateful Dead Family Jubilee Auction, featuring artifacts, memorabilia, artwork and other collectibles from a large private collection. Highlights include original lyrics, Grateful Dead office furnishings, and original paintings from Rick Griffin and Stanley ‘Mouse’ Miller as well as historic concert posters. The Grateful Dead Family Jubilee Auction happens online, live and by telephone on April 11 and 12. Catalog, information and bidding at

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jeff Beck comes to The Cap on April 13 and April 18. Tickets for April 13 are still available but going fast. With the aim of bringing guests the best live music experience, The Cap offers state-of-the-art light, sound, and video systems. Events, information, and ticketing at

Westword article on Dead 50

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Adam Perry quotes Gary Lambert and me in a thoughtful piece that takes apart the nasty story that recently ran in the Boulder Weekly.

Is the Grateful Dead Screwing Over Its Fans?


Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Bidding ended at noon Pacific time. Any bids placed after that time will be disregarded.

I have a radio show to do this afternoon. I will get all the auctions sorted out and send emails this evening.

If you won an auction, here’s what you do:

Option 1: Use PayPal to send the appropriate amount (or more, of course! KPFA needs all the help we can give her!) to . Be sure to mark it as a gift/donation so we don’t have to pay a fee for it, and include a reminder of which item you’re paying for and where to send it.

Option 2: make a check or money order payable to KPFA in the amount of your winning bid(s), and mail that check to

Truth and Fun, Inc.
484 Lake Park Ave #102
Oakland CA 946120-2730

Include a reminder of which item you’re paying for and where to send it.

Thank you all! We’ve got well over $3000 for KPFA here!!!

KPFA marathon: links to playlist and auction

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Here’s the playlist for today’s Grateful Dead marathon

And here’s a link to the auctions!

KPFA auction update

Friday, January 30th, 2015

CURRENT BIDS for the KPFA auction
Last update 11:59pm PST Sat 1/31
DO NOT POST BIDS HERE! – post in the comments section of each item.

Photo by Jim Marshall (Jerry Garcia and Eric Clapton): $500
Jerry Garcia Bobblehead: $180
Postcards of the Hanging w/ bonus disc: $90
Photo by Jim Marshall (Phil Lesh on Haight Street): $275
Photo by Stu Levy (Jerry Garcia 12/31/78): $240
Poster by Kelley and Greene: $200
Photo by Bob Minkin (Jerry Garcia 5/2/87): $250
Photo by Jim Marshall (Jerry Garcia “Dead End”): $300
Laminated pass (Summer 1991): $300
Laminated pass (Fall 1994-Winter 1995): $150
Laminated pass (Summer 1995): $150
Photo of Jerry Garcia 1988 by Marc Franklin: $225
Photo by Bruce Polonsky (Phil Lesh 5/12/74): $50

Click through and place your bids in the comments section of each item.

Auction ends Sunday, February 1, 2015, at noon Pacific time.
Proceeds go to KPFA listener-sponsored radio and the home of Dead to the World (Wednesdays 8-10pm Pacific). Thank you!!