Dead.net Polling Station: Time Travelin'
Last month we asked "Hey man! Where'd you get your tickets to the show?":
The local record store - 247
Grateful Dead Ticket Sales - 811
I needed a Miracle, and I got one! - 77
I was with the band - 38
Step right up to the Dead.net Polling Station for this month's poll.
Response to last Month's Poll which I missed:
The local record store, more specifically Pacific Stereo in the Bay Area then later Grateful Dead Ticket Sales
The 60's actually took up two years of the early seventies. It was a truly electric time to be alive with the whole scene. The Grateful Dead were by far the greatest Live Band at this time. The concerts at The Fillmore East were unbelievable. The setting was very special. Very small and intimate. The Dead Heads were just starting to come together, nothing like what it would become. The Light shows, the acid, lighting magnesium strips on fire, the gong and somewhere around 5 AM you were in heaven with the skies opening up and the MUSIC streaming thru your brain and every other part of your body. I have never been able to replicate that 6 years again. But I was so fortunate to have experienced it and lived it. It remains one of my strongest memories and get to try and relive it with all of my records especially Dicks Picks. Workingman's' Dead and American Beauty were the capping to this amazing time. Those two records symbolized the shift The Dead were about to take. I got off the bus starting in 1972 but continued seeing them until my last show at The Beacon Theatre around 1979 or 1980. Really miss those times but they can never be again. It only lasted a short time. 10 years. But oh my God what a time we had!!
I mean, if you travel back to the 60's, you get to carry on from there, so easy answer!
I'll be 65 next month, so I was there for the 60s. Great time as anyone who was around then can attest. (Sorta)
Only downside was my Selective Service Board issued me #42 (out of 365 or 366). Got hassled every semester of school until I granulated in January of 1971. Then they made me 1A but left me alone until the draft expired later that year, go figure.
At least the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY reopened this year. Saw Further recently and will see Phil in March, (hopefully a few times). BTW, they named the huge bar "Garcia's" in honor of some guy who played some gigs there with his buds 40+ years ago. Better venue now than in the 60s!
Cut & paste "http://www.thecapitoltheatre.com/garciasatthecap/"
I am 63 and was there as well. Amazing times,music and people. The greatest era of diverse music ever created. We were soooo spoiled. I really miss those times but hey nothing can last forever. In my own post I said that I got off the bus in 1972 but actually I never really got off. And I'm still there today. Just didn't like the way the whole scene changed after PIG died. I felt the spontaneity that was SO vital to the music became much more structured and the sheer bliss that I had experienced at all the earlier shows started to fade. Once it was gone it was gone. And no amount of Deadheads could bring it back although they were just a victim of when they were born. They loved their Grateful Dead but it was no longer my Grateful Dead.
Am 63, as well...as I stated earlier, my first show was at the National Guard Armory in St. Louis, MO "with a basement full of dynamite and light artillery"...that show permanently changed my life...I granulated from high school in 1969 and left St. Louis for good and moved to Menlo Park, CA to see them in their home environment every chance I got...oh yeah, according to my parents, I went there to go to college...almost forgot that part...those early years, the late 60s and early 70s in the Bay Area, were my sweet spot...as you say, the band, the guys in the band, the people at those shows, the party favors and the times will never be again...that whole GESTALT produced by the band and the KARRASS of the people behind the band at the time can never be duplicated...never got off the bus to this day...still sing and dance at every show till I am hoarse the next day at work...have continued to see all permutations of the band since Jerry died...with work, still make mini-tours to see consecutive shows even tho I live in the South now...well,"that's it for the other one"...later, dude
I WAS BORN IN 58' SO I LIVED IN THE 60'S BUT DIDN'T REALLY BECOME AWARE TILL THE 70'S..SO I HAD LOTS OF FUN BACK THEN...I THINK I WOULD LIKE TO CHECK OUT THE 20'S