Grateful Dead

David Gans and Phil Lesh, KFOG Studio, 5/12/86

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05/12/1986

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One of my better fly-on-the-wall moments. This was the era of the Grateful Dead Hour on local station KFOG. David Gans had persuaded Phil to come to the studio and spend an hour talking about his favorite music, and even better, PLAYING his favorite music. I got to tag along, and being no fool brought my camera.

 

It was a memorable and delightful evening, with Phil playing lots of cool stuff and having all manner of interesting things to say. Things were just fabulous until he decided to play a lengthy and somewhat esoteric piece by Charles Ives, which was a perfect fit for the show itself but, we soon found out, not what the local rock 'n' roll station had in mind. At some juncture during the Ives piece, the station manager happened to tune in and hear something that definitely did not Fit The Format and got very excited. Not in a good way. Phones rang. Shouting ensued. Not on the air though.

 

This was long before the Grateful Dead Hour in its current form, and I don't know if any archive of it exists. But if it does, I'd sure love to hear it again. Ah, the memories.

 

--marye 

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who posted?

marye, was this from you?

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
William Blake

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yup, from me.

this is my first time using this feature so I think I have to go back in and post the fact. Thanks!

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Time Flies

Doesn't sound like that long ago, but *sheesh* 23 years.

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23 years

I know. Hard to believe!

I have found the reel w/this show on it, but it needs some restoration work. I'll get it online soon.

Gans/GD Hour blog
GD Hour station list

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oh COOL!!!!

I cannot wait!!!

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It's true, scarlet

it sorta feels like the day before yesterday, and yet...

it was even pre-Dark!

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The Competition ...

... I think it was KMEL, and they played The Talking Heads Hour opposite the GD Hour if memory serves...

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"Shouting Ensued..."

I've never heard this show (although I look forward to the restored version) but I give it five stars! You people are my heroes...

"You know what the trouble about real life is? There's no danger music."

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David Gans and Phil Lesh, KFOG Studio, 5/12/86