Welcome to My (Blog) World!
Why a weekly blog? Well, for a while now I’ve wanted to have a place where I can talk about music, issues, events and people related to the Grateful Dead and the post-GD world on a regular basis — and also hear what you have to say about this unique and fascinating universe we’re all wrapped up in to varying degrees. Basically, for the past few decades, much of my mind and spirit have been dominated by my interest in the Dead and the many tangents that have led from that incredible source of light and life. Of course, I’ve held jobs that have nothing to do with the Dead, raised two great kids, led what for all intents and purposes is a “normal” life, and listened to thousands upon thousands of hours of non-Dead music. But the Dead have always been at least in the background, and often in the foreground, of my life ever since Live Dead came out in November of 1969 and I subsequently saw my first show at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York, March 20, 1970. As Bob Weir sang (of a woman, I presume) in “Lazy Lightning,” “it’s an obsession, but it’s pleasing.”
I suspect most of you have seen my byline around this site on stories or product promos, have read liner notes I might have penned for various Road Trips and other releases, and some may go back to my days as editor/publisher of The Golden Road Dead fanzine, or even further to my years at BAM, the free Bay Area music magazine I worked for between 1976 and 1983. If you went to Pelham (New York) High with me in the very early ’70s, you might’ve read my first-ever Dead review—of the Vintage Dead album.
Regan and Blair on duty
at Red Rocks, 1987
After Jerry died, I spent a couple of years working on the book Garcia: An American Life (published by Viking in 1999), co-produced the So Many Roads box set with my buddies David Gans and Steve Silberman, and also got involved with helping put out posthumous Garcia releases, including the All Good Things box. When Rhino took over the management of the Grateful Dead’s archival release program a few years ago, I signed on to work occasionally for the re-vamped Dead.net website and joined with Vaultmaster Supreme David Lemieux to play a small role in shepherding the Road Trips series.
So, that’s who I am. In coming weeks, I’ll be bringing up various issues connected to the Dead world that we can bat around and (hopefully) have some fun with, I’ll talk about some recent books and films (good and bad) that have connections to the scene, no doubt take a trip or two down memory lane, and we’ll see where it all leads. If there are issues or questions you’d like to see addressed, let me know. Don’t be shy! We’re all friends here…
Blair I have read and enjoyed all of your books and I was a subscriber for the whole run of "The Golden Road". I was very sorry to see it go. I see some net stirring that you have one or possibly? two books in the corral ready to be let out in the near future? Are you able to shed some light on the particulars? Also one of my personal non-Dead music interests is Miles Davis in all his incarnations-have you had similar interest in him or other jazz artists. I know there are several Dead connections to Coltrane, Miles, Tatum, Ornette, etc. PS: I am VERY HAPPY to learn that the Garcia vault is or has been digitized-to me this means something good may be about to happen!
Looking forward to more to come. But I'm thinking that you need to post a more recent picture of yourself than one from 1987....
Nice news to hear about both Paul Simon and Robbie Roberston, have been looking forward to both albums and, frankly, hoping that I wouldn't be disappointed. If I only see one "old geezer" band this year, I want it to be Buffalo Springfield, but Simon is a close second.
I love this idea, I always wanted to tune in to The Golden Road on the Grateful Dead channel and it's nice to have a similar idea here.
At 17 years old and Deadicated I am so grateful to have found the Dead and all these WONDERFUL people.
Thanks to all!!!
Thanks Blair. I am looking forward to this!
Talking of Blogs are you following this one
The posts are fascinating, but are often very long and require an age to read and digest. Do you know who is responsible for them?
A shorter and snappier blog here would be a great counterpoint to deadessays (unless of course you feel like writing 10,000 words at a time!)
I guess it was a just a two disc set..
but a pretty good one from Rhino in Oct 2008;
The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed
Ok. Someone has to do it so it might as well be me.
Why was this box limited to begin with and when it was discovered that there was huge demand, why wasn't it made available to everyone past the 7200? I got a personalized box and I dont really give a %$^% if there are more made past the 7200. I want everyone who wants one to get one and mostly, I don't want others to capitalize on this.
Also, has this whole scenario changed the way large scale releases will be handled in the future?
I am so excited that this weekly blog is happening. I am an old reader of the Golden Road and was dissapointed at its demiose. Understand the reasons but still,, I loved it
Always loved your writing. This sounds like fun. Please get those old Golden Roads reprinted! Or better yet save some trees and put them online.
I think us south Westchester Pelham whitebread types thought Stepinac was trouble, iGrateful! White Plains, right?
Hey Blair... nice job... looking forward to it...
Pelham HS huh? Stepinac here... unfortunately I was only 6 for the Port Chester shows :-)
Can you give us some "Stories from the Vault" in your blog?... Your first encounters interviewing band members, roadies, extended Dead family in the background for your books?
I think that could be interesting