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No band embodied the psychedelic rock era's mind-expanding, counterculture vibe better than the Grateful Dead.
During marathon concerts marked by the communal, peaceful atmospheres, the San Francisco troupe combined traditional genres such as folk, bluegrass and roots with experimental, freewheeling musical excursions. Even today, the Grateful Dead boasts a rabid fanbase of loyalists known as Deadheads - all of whom keep the band's legacy and music alive, well and vibrant. More on rockhall.com...
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Grateful Dead Materials in the Catalog
Grateful Dead via Rock's Backpages
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Grateful Dead: Dead Grateful
Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 27 May 1972
Grateful Dead: Fillmore East, New York NY
Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, 29 April 1971
Grateful Dead - Blues for Allah
Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 27 September 1975
Tom Hibbert, Q, January 1991
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In addition to the collections listed in more detail below, there are individual items of interest on the Grateful Dead in the following:
ARC-0036 Bomp! Records Collection
Contains over 40 bootleg audiocassette recordings from 1967-1987 of live Grateful Dead performances, jams with other groups, rehearsals, album outtakes, and demos.
ARC-0167 Collection on Janis Joplin
Includes handbills for Grateful Dead performances at the Avalon, Winterland, and the Great Highway, 1966, 1969, and undated.
ARC-0037 Jeff Gold Collection
Contains artist files, books, handbills, postcards, posters related to the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia from 1966-1991.
ARC-0051 John Platt Collection
Contains over 100 bootleg audiocassette recordings from 1967-1985 of live Grateful Dead performances, as well as album outtakes, demos, rare tracks, studio rehearsals, and radio shows; nine bootleg VHS recordings from 1969-1996 contain performance footage, homemade montages, television specials, documentaries, award shows, and film outtakes.
ARC-0156 Manny and Skippy Gerard Collection
Contains undated handbills, postcards, and venue calendars related to the promotion of Grateful Dead performances at San Francisco Bay Area venues.
ARC-0093 Sue Cassidy Clark Collection
Contains an audiocassette interview with the group and ephemera from concerts promoted by Bill Graham in San Francisco, circa 1967-1972.