Posts Tagged ‘Grateful Dead’

Dead to the World 4/8/15

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Greatest Story Ever Told
Mr. Charlie
Black Throated Wind
China Cat Sunflower->
I Know You Rider
Mexicali Blues
Tennessee Jed
The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion)
Me and Bobby McGee
Big Boss Man
Jack Straw
Big Railroad Blues
Looks Like Rain
Casey Jones
Grateful Dead March 22, 1972 Academy of Music, New York NY

Walking in the Middle of ItBob Bralove’s Psychedelic Circus, Davis CA 2014

Banana Boat Song (Day-O)Tip of the Freberg: The Stan Freberg Collection 1951-1998

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1383

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Week of March 23, 2015

Part 1 14:56
Grateful Dead, Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings (5/23/72)

Part 2 39:26
Grateful Dead 6/14/87 County Fairgrounds, Ventura CA

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York.? Blending folk, jazz, rock, and hip-hop, Citizen Cope will perform solo acoustic at The Cap on April 4. Designed with both the music fan and musician in mind, The Capitol Theatre boasts world-class sound and lighting systems. Events, information, and ticketing at

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

Peter Albin interview by Joanna Manqueros

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Joanna Manqueros hosted Dead to the World on July 30, 2014, and interviewed Peter Albin (Big Brother and the Holding Company). Listener Damien Palermo was kind enough to transcbie the talk. Enjoy!

Joanna Manqueros (host): Jerry Garcia was born in 1942. What was he doing in 1962? You brought some stuff in that’s really cool with The Wildwood Boys, so talk a little bit about his early days.

Peter Albin: Well I’ll tell ya how we met Jerry. My brother and a friend of his along with myself had a little club called The Boar’s Head in San Carlos. It was above a bookstore called The Carlos Bookstall and uh we just had it during the summer of 1961 and ‘62. First it was in this bookstall and later it moved to the Jewish Community Center in San Carlos, but we looked around for people who would be willing to play for free and who needed a place to play. We heard about this guy who was really a good guitar player down in Palo Alto or Menlo Park, I guess, playing at a place, it was a bookstore, Kepler’s Bookstore, a very famous bookstore that was used by a lot of Stanford students.

So we went down there and we asked, do you have a stage, do you have a, what do you have here? It’s a bookstore. I said, well isn’t there a guy playing music some place? He says, yeah go in the back. So we went way in the back and there’s this little area that had free coffee and a couple of tables and chairs and there’s Jerry Garcia playing finger style guitar.

So we asked him, would you like to come up to San Carlos and play? We can’t pay you anything, but you certainly are good enough and a lot of people would probably like to listen to you. He said, “Uh sure and maybe I’ll bring some of my friends, too.” We said, fine bring whoever you want. The more the merrier.

The Boar’s Head had a capacity of about 25 people. It was very small, almost as small as the area at Kepler’s, but we had a lot of people who came to play and some of Jerry Garcia’s friends came along with some of the electric people who came, mostly folk guys. There was a guy named David McQueen who sang blues and this young kid Ron McKernan also came with Jerry and Jerry would back both of these guys singing blues, but he also had some other friends. Marshall Leicester who played banjo and then he became friends with David Nelson who was a friend of mine. Actually, I went to high school with David and so they started working together, later on.

My brother and I had a group called The Liberty Hill Aristocrats, we first started in about ’61 or ‘62 with a gal named Ellen Cavanaugh and we’ll hear that a little bit later on, but we do want to play some of the early collaborations of Jerry Garcia with his friend, Bob Hunter.

JM: Those are the early days and you, Peter Albin of Big Brother and the Holding Company, you knew him when he was very young and just starting out, which is a tremendous thing. You know, he’s ranked 13th in Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time. You’re talking about American history there.

PA: Yeah, he’s an amazing guitar player and after we heard him play guitar, he started learning how to play banjo around that time. He was incredible. A very influential guy was Roger Sprung and of course, Scruggs, and all the bluegrass players. Jerry also learned how to play mandolin and all sorts of instruments. He was a very talented guy, obviously, and very unique. He was very intense, in a good way, but very forceful.

One time I walked in and we were at The Top of the Tangent and he said, “I just learned how to play Nola on the banjo”, which is a very difficult song to play, even on piano or whatever and he played it very well and very fast. He said, “dig this”, you know kinda like shove it in your face kinda thing, but it was like “I can do this now, I’m learning how to do this.”

So, we were kind of let into the process that Jerry was into at that time, learning all these different songs and different styles. It was incredible.

Music: “Hoochie Koochie Man” with Pigpen on vocals and Peter Albin on guitar, Top of the Tangent 1963

JM: We listened to an unusual track and Jerry was not singing on that track. Peter Albin, who was that?

PA: That was Ron “Pigpen” McKernan and he was about 15 years old. I was backing him on guitar.

JM: What was Pigpen like as a person?

PA: He was a very quiet guy. He really knew the blues. His father had been a DJ in Oakland and played a lot of blues on his show and he had a fantastic record collection. Pigpen was versed in not only playing harmonica, which he really did quite well, but also played guitar and piano.

Now, I gotta tell you about KPFA and how important it was to both myself and Ron because we came up here a couple of times for Gert Chiarito’s Midnight Special show, which was fantastic. It was a round-robin show, one microphone and about 20 people and chairs around, circling the microphone and each person got a chance to sing a song and then passed to the next person. So Ron and I came up along with a bunch of other people. The Chambers Brothers were there, Janet Smith was there and next to me was Janis Joplin. I had never met her before. She was sitting there with her white man’s shirt on and no bra and it was like, for a young kid I was goin, “woo”. What is she gonna do and she started singing. It was incredibly loud number one and just incredible tone in her voice and she really knew the blues quite well. She and Ron kind of hit it off a little bit there and later on down the line they were kind of a thing for a while.

JM: It was the early days, wasn’t it, that you connected with Jerry. I’ve asked you to bring out some music that was kind of what was in Jerry’s ear. I’m always interested in sort of what brings someone to the music that they create and what inspired Jerry. One of the things you pulled out was Doc Watson, who is considered one of the best flat pickers in the United States and I wonder if you want to talk about that and other artists who were people who inspired Jerry Garcia.

PA: Jerry was a great flat picker, but he also was a good finger picker too. So there was besides Doc Watson and some of those great flat pickers in those days, there were the finger pickers like Merle Travis and even Chet Atkins for that matter, but going way back he was very influenced by some of the , I wanna say, the country artists of the 20’s including Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers, Charlie Poole, of course early bluegrass guys including Bill Monroe and of course, Earl Scruggs. But, he listened to everything, ya know.

JM: His dad was a musician and the family had emigrated from Spain in 1919 and his dad was from Spain, which I don’t know why, but it’s like never mentioned.

PA: Well I never met the family. I met his brother, Tiff, but that was about it. I never met his mother or father. You know, he never spoke Spanish and he didn’t really give off any kind of like Latino thing and he didn’t play that type of music. Very seldom did I ever hear him play any Spanish type of music, or Latin. It was always early American music and it was a delight to hear him replicate a lot of this stuff and then, of course, it was a delight to hear him get into a more creative line and make his own music and write his own songs. He was a pretty wonderful guy. You know and again, I think he had come up to Berkeley, to KPFA, to the Gert Chiarito Midnight Special show and participated in that and he really appreciated KPFA as well as all of his friends and the musicians who were around at the time. If it wasn’t for KPFA, I probably wouldn’t have met Janis Joplin, to tell ya the truth.

JM: What was Janis Joplin like? I’ve heard that when she got up onstage at Woodstock that people were just blown away to see a white person singing the blues.

PA: Well, she had a very strong voice, number one, and a very strong personality that backed up that voice so it was all from her heart and from her soul and she had kinda grown up, well she did grow up in the South.

JM: In Texas, in an abusive school environment, plenty of bullying is what I heard.

PA: Yes, unfortunately and she wanted to be a beatnik, you know, and come out west, which she eventually did, and she wanted to sing the blues., which she did all the time and she also sang a lot of folk music, too. When I saw her here at KPFA, at the Midnight Special, I think she did one blues song and one old folk song. So she was definitely into Americana and the roots music of the time and she was a wonderful person most of the time. You know, she was a human being, she had her moods, she had her ups and downs. She was a very well read person and you could have an intellectual conversation with her, you could have a conversation about anything, you know, give her a little bit of tequila or something like that and it might spark her onto different sorts of directions of conversation, but it was always fun and she was a very funny person. She had a very high laugh that was infectious, but most of the time it was a fun relationship that we had.

Music: “The Yodeling Song by Jimmie Rodgers

JM: Peter Albin has been choosing some beautiful stuff, and one of the things you’ve been doing has been grounding us in what Jerry Garcia was listening to when he was young. I know his father passed away in a fly fishing accident and his grandmother played bluegrass and listened to The Grande Old Opry, and it seemed like he was fascinated by bluegrass and country music. Why did you choose that cut?

PA: Well, that was Jimmie Rodgers and of course he’s one of the founding, I guess one of the early inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He kind of borrowed his style from Emmett Miller which goes way back to the vaudeville days, but he kinda brought it out into country music and to that scene and Garcia listened to a lot of that early stuff, including cowboy songs, but it’s all kind of Americana. All these kinds of music weave in and out and of course, it all seems to come together with rock and roll, and Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. They also listened to a lot of these things and incorporated it into their music as did Jerry and some of the band members of the Grateful Dead. Ron McKernan was extremely interested in the blues and very instrumental in bringing R&B into the GD’s repertoire. We probably should dig out some of those Motown things and some of those Memphis cuts.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1361

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Week of October 20, 2014

Part 1 31:45
Grateful Dead 9/20/82 Madison Square Garden, New York City

Part 2 24:15
Grateful Dead, Spring 1990 (The Other One) (3/18/90)

Jerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol. 5 (12/31/75)

I wrote the liner notes for the new GarciaLive release, 12/31/75 at the Keystone Berkeley. Very interesting show – Nicky Hopkins‘ last with the JGB. Greg Errico was the drummer on this gig, because Ron Tutt was with his other boss: Elvis Presley. Mickey Hart sat in on percussion; Matthew Kelley (Bob Weir’s Kingfish bandmate) played harmonica for most of the night and added a third guitar on one number late in the evening; and Bob Weir was on board for the second set.

Hopkins was a great musician. I highly recommend Julian Dawson‘s excellent biography, And On Piano… Nicky Hopkins. His health and substance problems made it impossible for the JGB to keep him on board – a damn shame in my opinion, because he and Garcia made beautiful music together. The two-CD set Let it Rock, recorded a few weeks earlier at the Keystone Berkeley, is a must-have for anyone who loves Garcia’s music.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, a venue that hosted several 1970s rock bands like Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, and Traffic. Phil Lesh and Friends will perform with both old and new friends for five consecutive weekends starting October 31. With a focus on community and a taste for musical exploration, the venue’s nightclub Garcia’s hosts local and national bands weekly. On October 23, Grateful Dead tribute band Terrapin performs. Events, information, and ticketing at

The Jerry Garcia Family and Round Records, announcing GarciaLive volume 5, the Jerry Garcia Band with the legendary Nicky Hopkins on piano and special guests including Bob Weir and Mickey Hart, recorded live at the Keystone Berkeley on New Year’s Eve 1975. You can pre-order your copy at

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

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

KPFA Grateful Dead auction update

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The current auction update is here.

Auction: Spring 1990 laminated pass

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

From my own collection!

Tom Craig of Dimitroff’s Frame Shop (Tiburon CA) will frame it for you!



PLACE YOUR BID IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS POST. Thanks! Bidding starts at $100, please. Auctions end at noon PST on Thursday, February 6.

Auction: Spring 1989 laminated pass

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

From my own collection!

Tom Craig of Dimitroff’s Frame Shop (Tiburon CA) will frame it for you!


Spring 1989 front

PLACE YOUR BID IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS POST. Thanks! Bidding starts at $100, please. Auctions end at noon PST on Thursday, February 6.

Auction: Grateful Dead 1977 by Peter Simon

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

PLACE YOUR BID IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS POST. Thanks! Bidding starts at $100, please. Auctions end at noon PST on Thursday, February 6.

GD 1977 by Peter Simon

Photo of the Grateful Dead by Peter Simon, May 1977. 8.5×11, unmounted, signed by the photographer.

More by Peter Simon at, including his new DVD boxed set Through the Lens – Celebrating 50 Years of Personalized Photojournalism.

Auction: Photo by Ed Perlstein

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

PLACE YOUR BID IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS POST. Thanks! Bidding starts at $100, please. Auctions end at noon PST on Thursday, February 6.


Photo of Jerry Garcia, taken by Ed Perlstein at Winterland on 10/22/78. It is an 11×14 glossy Giclee photo (not matted or framed). Ed will sign the print and send it to the winner.

More by Ed Perlstein here.

Auction: photo by Jon Sievert

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

PLACE YOUR BID IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS POST. Thanks! Bidding starts at $100, please. Auctions end at noon PST on Thursday, February 6.


Photo of Jerry Garcia, John McEuen,and Steve Martin, taken by Jon Sievert in 1974. 11×14 printed on 16×20 and digitally signed, from an edition of 100. Certificate of Authenticity included.

More by Jon Sievert here.

Auction: Photo of Pigpen by Rosie McGee

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

PLACE YOUR BID IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS POST. Thanks! Bidding starts at $100, please. Auctions end at noon PST on Thursday, February 6.

Photo by Rosie McGee

Photo of Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, taken by Rosie McGee in 1969. 8×10, flush-mounted on 2mm black-edged styrene, signed by the photographer.

More by Rosie McGee here.