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“Forty Years So Far”

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Here is the poem that Laura Slusher gave to me last night. I read it on the air.

Forty Years So Far
(dedicated to David Gans)
by Laura Slusher
December 7, 2011

This personal story of love and true fun
Goes back to 1971.
That’s when my long, strange trip was begun.
Didn’t dream it would be a forty-year run.

I hadn’t yet heard, even late in November,
Of the “family” of which I’d soon be a member.
My life was to change on the seventh of December:
With love, light, and songs I clearly remember!

Before school it was dark out, and I’d hated to get out of bed.
But hate changed to love in the afternoon, when my friend approached me and said,
“Guess who’s playing tonight at Felt Forum: New Riders and then Grateful Dead.
Life is too short to do homework, let’s go to the city instead.”

There was little to lose so we hopped on a train,
We got off at Penn Station, into cold wind and rain.
The show had sold out, staying there seemed insane.
But by rushing back home we had nothing to gain.

Each time I yelled, “I need a ticket,” inside I would grumble and cuss.
Hours later, a man in a trench coat made the following offer to us,
“Gimme ten for each five-fifty ticket, and tonight you’ll see what’s all the fuss.”
I sat in the 12th row for the 6-hour show, and claimed a permanent seat on the bus.

Went to surprise shows like Gaelic Park, and to shows of great renown
Like the huge and legendary Watkins Glen and exhausting Englishtown,
Then came west for Winterland’s last, and settled in Oakland, the jewel in the crown.
Where the music never stopped, until tragically, I heard the bus broke down.

In the morning on the ninth day of August in 1995.
A friend called my office to tell me Garcia was no longer alive.
I thought no more Dead, no more joy, didn’t think any of us would survive.
But the music was in us, and much was done toward helping the Dead culture thrive.

I’m grateful for all the hearts and souls, the work of many hands,
The faith and Deadication of musicians, technicians, and fans.
For keeping the bus wheels turning, the credit is not just one man’s,
But I dedicate my poem to just one, and his name is David Gans.

For my 40th GD anniversary, I decided that a very good way
To acknowledge the special event in a valuable, meaningful way
Was to donate forty dollars to listener-sponsored KPFA.
And please note, it’s in David’s honor that I make this pledge today.

KPFA marathon PLAYLIST 2/4/12

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Shakedown Street – Grateful Dead 10/25/79 Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven CT

Jack Straw
– Grateful Dead 3/13/85 Berkeley Community Theater

Let Me Sing Your Blues Away – Grateful Dead, Wake of the Flood work tape (1973)

Mama Tried->
Mexicali Blues
Friend of the Devil
– Grateful Dead 3/13/85 Berkeley Community Theater
*with Matthew Kelly, harmonica

Turn On Your Love Light – Grateful Dead 3/28/69 Modesto Jr College
Broken Arrow – Grateful Dead rehearsal 2/9/93
Pigeon Park – The Congress of Wonders, Revolting!
Interview with Caroline Casey, host of The Visionary Activist on KPFA.
Promised Land – Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks vol 1 (5/25/77)

Jerry Garcia interview with Bonnie Simmons 1/23/76, including:
Barbed Wire Whipping Party – Grateful Dead studio madness 1969
I’ll Take a Melody – Jerry Garcia, Reflections

Interview with Grateful Dead archivist/producer David Lemieux
China Cat Sunflower->
I Know You Rider
– Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks vol 2 (7/31/74)

Phone interview with Gary Lambert
Across the Great DivideGrandpa Banana’s Band, from Live from Berkeley vol 2
Playing in the Band – Grateful Dead rehearsal 5/29/76
Bird Song7 Walkers w/ Steve Kimock, Jam Cruise January 2012
West LA Fadeaway – Grateful Dead 11/4/85 Centrum, Worcester MA

Don’t Ease Me In
The Frozen Logger
Friend of the Devil
– Grateful Dead 6/6/70 Fillmore West, San Francisco

Pickle and TacoJoe Rut and the Super Burrito, from Live from Berkeley vol 2
Loser – Jerry Garcia, Garcia

If Love Is the Answer
Le Claire
Cross My Heart
A Little Colder
Wendy Ann
Cry Baby Cry
Dear Mr Fantasy
Friend of the Devil
The Fall Risk live in the KPFA performance studio

The Music Never Stopped
Franklin’s Tower
Estimated Prophet->
Ollin Arageed**->
Man Smart, Woman Smarter->
Black Peter->
Good Lovin’
Brokedown Palace
– Grateful Dead 3/13/85 Berkeley Community Theater
** with Hamza El-Din

Here Comes Sunshine – Grateful Dead, Wake of the Flood work tape (1973)


Rocky Road Blues
Casey Jones
Down the Middle
Friend of the Devil->
Cut and Run->
Any Naked Eye
David Nelson Band live from Hawaii!

Next Time You See Me – Grateful Dead 4/8/71 Boston Garden
New Speedway BoogieSycamore Slough String Band (unreleased)

I Second That Emotion
Simple Twist of Fate
The Harder They Come
Mission in the Rain
Midnight Moonlight
– Jerry Garcia Band 2/19/78 Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad->
I Bid You Good Night
Mickey Hart Band 1/7/12 Tupelo Music Hall, White River Jct VT

The Way You Do the Things You Do
– Jerry Garcia Band 2/19/78 Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

Terrapin SuiteFurthur 12/31/11 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco

Russian Lullaby
Mystery Train
Don’t Let Go
– Jerry Garcia Band 2/19/78 Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

That’s It for The Other One – Grateful Dead, Anthem of the Sun work tape, early 1968

Good Lovin’
Looks Like Rain
Tennessee Jed
Jack Straw
– Grateful Dead 4/22/78 Municipal Auditorium, Nashville TN

Ship of FoolsSycamore Slough String Band (unreleased)
Mason’s Children – Grateful Dead 2/2/70 Fox Theater, St Louis MO
The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion) – Grateful Dead, Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings (5/11/72)


Friday, February 3rd, 2012

We’ll have a chat room up throughout the KPFA GD marathon.

Join us at

Captain Clearlight will be your moderator. Enjoy!!

KPFA marathon, new band, new music, upcoming gigs

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Good day, friends!

I have two urgent items for your immediate attention, and some news about my musical plans for the year.

First, tomorrow (Saturday, February 4) is the annual KPFA Grateful Dead marathon! I’ll be on the air from 9 am until 1 am Pacific time, and the program will be webcast via KPFA,, and – please spread the word! And I hope you’ll make a donation some time during the day. You can do that online at or call 510-848-5732 or 1-800-439-5732.

Plenty more info (and a photo of the wonderful t-shirt that Papa Lindsey made for us, plus a list of the fine thank-you gifts we’re offering) here.

We’ll have a live performance from The Fall Risk at around 2pm, and the David Nelson Band will join us from The Big Island at around 6:30pm. The rest of the day will be filled with rare musical treats by the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia; I’ve been working on this for quite a while and I have some wonderful gems to share.

Saturday, February 4, 9 am to 1 am: the annual KPFA Grateful Dead fund-raising marathon. Webcast all over! More info here


The second action item has to do with a swell new band, the Sycamore Slough String Band. This is an acoustic quartet doing Grateful Dead-ish music, with Bay Area bluegrass luminary David Thom on mandolin, “Fiddle Dave” Muhlethaler, and Roger Sideman on bass. We had our first two rehearsals in a recording studio, and we came away with enough presentable material for two CDs (more on that later). We emerged form that session with a video clip of my new arrangement of “New Speedway Boogie,” and we’ve entered it in the Dead Covers Project. Please take a look at the clip on YouTube and hit the “like” button if you’re so inclined – it’ll help us get noticed. You can also find us on Facebook and you’ll see our first two gigs in the listing below.
Oh, one more thing! I have TWO new releases on Festivalink and Livedownloads – a solo show recorded 3/26/11 at Rollinsville CO and a studio recording with my pal Eric Rawlins titled Desert Wind, Rollin’ River. You’ll find information and links to both downloads sites at . Both recordings as available on CD from either vendor, and they’re also on iTunes.
I will have a couple of new festival appearances to announce very soon.


Friday, February 10: House concert in Placitas NM. Email me for info.
Saturday, February 11: Top Dead Center and DG at Low Spirits, 2823 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque NM. 505-344-9555.
Sunday, February 12: House concert in Flagstaff, Arizona. Potluck dinner at 4, music at 6. Email me for details/reservations.
Monday, February 13: Normal Bean, DG, and Top Dead Center at the Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress St., Tucson AZ. Tickets: $10 for Rialto and KXCI members, $12 general public (and at the door)

Thursday, February 23, 8pm:: Sycamore Slough String Band at Murphy’s Pub, 464 First St. East, Sonoma CA. 707.935.0660

Wednesday, April 18, 8pm: Sycamore Slough String Band at Iron Springs Pub and Brewery, 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax CA. No cover!

July 4-7: Grateful Fest at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, Nelson/Garrettsville OH

July 19-22, 2012: Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport CT.

August 17-18: A Bear’s Picnic, Laurelton PA


My performance schedule is posted at – new gigs are being added all the time.

As always, I’m in the market for house concert opportunities. If you see an open spot on my schedule in your general vicinity, let’s try to make something happen! And remember: word of mouth is a gigantic part of musicians’ promotion and publicity these days, so if you like my music, please spread the word about my gigs and recordings.

My recordings are available at

If you want to be removed from this list, please send email to and I’ll take care of it ASAP.

KPFA auctions – thanks to all who participated!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The memorabilia auction has ended, and we scored $3768 (assuming everyone pays up).

Huge thanks to all who submitted bids! The winners are: Josh Menditch, Jon Marcus (twice!), Fred Schonwald, Mark, Jimmy Hix, Long Island John, Robin Russell (twice), Julia Postel, Luke Ruggieri, Eric Eichorn, Stephen Cornell, Craig Smith, Mark Mathers, and Luther John Deutsch

And big thanks to these kind people who donated items for auction:
Rosie McGee
Robbi Cohn
Ed Perlstein
Herb Greene
John Rottet
Jon Sievert
Nick Meriwether/Grateful Dead Archive
Paul Grushkin/Dead Letters
Una Toibin
Jon Reichbach, James Anderson/Sonic Studio (Amarra)

KPFA GD auction update 2/1 – AUCTIONS ARE CLOSED!

Monday, January 30th, 2012

The auctions are closed. No more bids will be accepted. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!

More info on the February 4 marathon here.

The Attics of Our Lives: Posters and Art of the Grateful Dead Archive – $420.00
Dead Letters: The Very Best Grateful Dead Fan Mail – signed by the author, GDTS workers, and other luminaries. Steve Marcus is adding other goodies to the package, too – $420.00

“Psychedelic Bus” Poster by Una Toibin – $100.00

Audiophile playback software (for Mac):
Amarra MINI – $150.00

Bob Minkin (Jerry Garcia 10/16/89) – $100.00
Herb Greene (GD 1966) – $350.00
Ed Perlstein (Jerry Garcia 9/12/81) – $350.00
Robbi Cohn (Bob and Jerry 1987) – $275.00
John Rottet (Bob Weir 3/31/94) – $35.00
John Rottet (Bob Weir 9/29/93) – $40.00
John Rottet (Jerry Garcia 4/30/81) – $33.00
John Rottet (Jerry Garcia 3/30/89) – $150.00
Rosie McGee (Mickey Hart 1985) – $100.00
Rosie McGee (Bill Kreutzmann 1985) – $20.00
Jon Sievert (David Grisman and Jerry Garcia 1991) – $200.00

“Dead Letters” auction item update

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Steve Marcus has sweetened the deal again! Take a look at the Dead Letters auction item, please, and PLACE YOUR BIDS!

Una Toibin poster for KPFA auction

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Poster by Una Toibin

A Ride on the Psychedelic Bus
Montage created from eight original paintings by Una Toibin.
This work was originally created as an advertisement for the multi-media CD-ROM game, “The Psychedelic Bus of Dead Knowledge.” Shortly thereafter, the piece was featured on the cover of Relix Magazine (Dec 1999) and subsequently produced as a signed and numbered poster. This poster is not available for retail sale.
Like many other musical and visual artists, Una Toibin found inspiration for her artistic efforts in the bubbling creative caldron that is live Grateful Dead music. Una echoes visually what she hears, and she tries to honor the music in her work.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Una got “on the bus” in the early 1980s during the band’s Mid-Atlantic stops. She currently runs CCE Graphics in Virginia Beach, and more of her work can be seen at seen at and

Through the years, Una has remained very interested in the efforts of all the members of the Grateful Dead’s extended family and is thrilled with the revival that is underway with Mickey’s band, 7 Walkers, and Furthur. She would like to thank them all for constantly opening her eyes to the world and she looks forward to what will come next on our Golden Road. Jerry and the great Robert Hunter advised us long ago “Who can stop what must arrive now? Something new is waiting, to be born.” Let us celebrate these new births together in music and art by supporting the KPFA auction!

Auction begins now and ends at noon PST on Wednesday, February 1. Bidding begins at $100. Bid by posting in the comments section below, and please keep coming back to top competing bids!

Proceeds go to KPFA

Bob Minkin photo for KPFA auction

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Jerry Garcia 10/16/89 Brendan Byrne Arena – photo by Bob Minkin
8.5×11 giclée print, signed by the photographer.

Auction begins now and ends at noon PST on Wednesday, February 1. Bidding begins at $100. Bid by posting in the comments section below, and please keep coming back to top competing bids!

Proceeds go to KPFA

2012 marathon t-shirt art

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Just got a photo of the 2012 KPFA marathon t-shirt from Papa Lindsey:

“Attics of Our Lives” book for KPFA auction

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

The Attics of Our Lives: Posters and Art of the Grateful Dead Archive

This 225-page book documents the special one-night-only preview exhibit of the Grateful Dead Archive held Nov. 5, 2011, at McHenry Library, UC Santa Cruz. Written by Grateful Dead Archivist Nicholas Meriwether, the book documents the rich history of Grateful Dead poster art and how that illustrates the band’s archive at UCSC. With feature interviews with Stanley Mouse and hundreds of color illustrations, the book is a fine introduction to how the band’s legacy is being preserved and presented in Santa Cruz.

The book was given to those who attended the benefit event. Nick Meriwether was kind enough to offer us a copy to auction off for KPFA. It’s a hard-cover book, beautifully printed on high-quality paper.

Let’s begin the bidding at $100. Auction ends February 1. Proceeds go to KPFA.

New auction item: Amarra

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Sonic Studio has donated a copy of Amarra MINI, widely recognized as the best computer audio player for the Macintosh (and the 2011 Stereophile Computer Audio Component of the Year), for auction.

This is a consumer audio playback system that uses the same amazing technology used in my digital audio workstation, soundBlade SE. It works independently or with your iTunes playlists. This is the way to get the best sound out of a Mac-based audio system. I’m going to use it for music playback on marathon day – everything from CDs to 96/24 high-res audio files.

Amarra MINI retails for $295 (but it’s on sale for $200 right now).

Let’s begin the bidding at $100, please. Auction closes on February 1, and proceeds go to KPFA. Winning bidder will receive download instructions and an activation code.

Live music on the KPFA marathon 2/4

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Just confirmed that Jeff Pehrson will bring his wonderful band The Fall Risk to the KPFA performance studio for a live set during the KPFA Grateful Dead marathon February 4.

We’ll also have a live set from the David Nelson Band, piped in frmo Hawaii!

Live from Berkeley, volume 2

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

We are pleased to announce a fine musical thank-you gift for KPFA marathon donors. Live from Berkeley, volume 2 will be available in high-res, CD quality, and MP3 from These performances were broadcast live on Dead to the World, and the performers were kind enough to donate a track to our cause. Thanks to all!

Somebody Stole My Santa Claus Suit – Dan Hicks and His Lick Men 12-2-09
The Suitcase Breakdown – Del Rey and Suzy Thompson 9-8-10
Radio City – Maurice Tani Trio 12-14-11
Pickle and Taco – Joe Rut and the Super Burrito 4-21-10
Ghost Bikes – Jim Page 10-20-10
The Colors in You – Garrin Benfield 6-15-11
How I’ve Changed – Galen Kipar 6-8-11
Dry Spell – Caroline Aiken 6-15-11
Across the Great Divide – Grandpa Banana’s Band 1-13-10
Black Cat – The Waybacks 5-14-08
Good Home – Boris Garcia 11-16-11
Leave a Light On – A Mark Karan Experience 2-19-11

Mastered in HDCD™ by Dave Glasser at Airshow Mastering, Boulder CO

Extra special thanks to our engineer, Tony Ferro, who does this work for free. He is assisted at various times by Brendan Krepchin, Joel Sachs, and Phil Hartman.

Details on the offering as soon as we have ’em.

P.S. The first Live from Berkeley is still available (on CD only) for a modest contribution to KPFA. Contact me if you’d like a copy.

“Dead letters” for KPFA auction

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

UPDATE form Steven Marcus 1/30/12: “I will also be including one of my Grateful Dead Productions Business cards, and unused ticket to one of the Europe 1990 shows, an original printing of Robert Hunters Elegy for Jerry that he recited at Jerry’s funeral (there were two printings the first one high quality paper and the second on basic heavy paper.) I might put some other things in the book if the bids go higher…”

UPDATE from Steven Marcus 1/28: “Here are three scanned images of the signed copy of Dead Letters for the KPFA Grateful Dead Marathon and auction…Now that you can actually see it, bid higher!!! – smarcus”

UPDATE: Steven Marcus posted on Facebook: “I just came back from the Seva Benefit in Sebastopol, and the copy of Dead Letters for the KPFA Auction now has signatures from Wavy Gravy, Stanley Mouse and photographer Jay Blakesberg in addition to Eileen Law, Paul Grushkin, Steve Brown, and former Grateful Dead Ticket Sales employee’s Frankie Accardi, Bruce Ede, Pat Accardi, Gail Nickerson, Mary Knudsen, Tom Reed and yours truly! I am still hoping to get a few more…but at this point, this is pretty cool.

Dead Letters: The Very Best Grateful Dead Fan Mail by Paul Grushkin

Donated by Steven Marcus
Autographed by the author, Eileen Law, Steve Brown, and GDTS workers Steven Marcus, Frankie Accardi-Peri, Tom Reed, Wavy Gravy, and others.

Auction begins now and ends at noon PST on Wednesday, February 1. Bidding begins at $50. Bid by posting in the comments section below, and please keep coming back to top competing bids!

Proceeds go to KPFA