Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead Hour no. 427

Grateful Dead Hour by David Gans

Week of November 25, 1996

Featured: An interview with Robert Greenfield, author of Dark Star: An Oral Biography of Jerry Garcia. Greenfield also wrote a terrific but hard-to-find book titled S.T.P. - A Journey Through America With the Rolling Stones, a document of the Rolling Stones' 1972 tour, and he is the co-author of Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out.

Here's what Greenfield had to say about Bill Graham and Jerry Garcia:

 

Bill and Jerry are very analogous figures. It's not an accident that they connected with one another. I mean, apparently, they're two of the most dissimilar people who ever lived, right? Here's Jerry, who's the embodiment of the feel-good Haight-Ashbury culture - you know, the ultimate hippie icon, even while he's alive, the guru. And here's Bill, who's screaming, and breaking things, and you know, hasn't shaved in six weeks, and is running around the stage at Live Aid with shorts and lumberman's boots on. But in fact, they were both committed to their work. And they only took responsibility for their work. I mean, Jerry cared about playing music, and Bill cared about putting on shows, and their personal lives were very chaotic. But they loved one another, and they connected strongly. They saw that thing in one another, you know. And as somebody says in Dark Star, when Bill died it wasn't good for Jerry. There was one less person around who could cut through the nonsense.

 

This "Dark Star" (well, 24 minutes of it) was originally released in 1972 on a three-disc vinyl set titled Glastonbury Fayre, and later appeared on Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead: England '72. And it is, of course, part of Europe 72: The Complete Recordings. It's a great "Dark Star" - enjoy!

Grateful Dead 4/8/72 Empire Pool, Wembley, England
DARK STAR

Interview: ROBERT GREENFIELD, author of Dark Star: An Oral Biography of Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, Shady Grove
STEALIN'

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A secondary comment on the

A secondary comment on the review....in Phil's book about hls life in the Dead, I can recount just one instance when he sounded intimidated by Jerry.....it was when, as Phil admitted, that Phil had fucked up on something. Doesn't mean that Phil wasn't intimidated by JG.....from what Greenfield says, most everyone was. Think it grandstands the concept a bit, but I can understand: power emits power, and Jerry exuded it. Reminds me of a basketball coach I know. She expected a lot from her players. Known as a bitch, but a loved bitch, by most of them. Had high expectations. Partly because of those high expectations, her players went to the Final 4, two times. Not sayin Jerry was exactly like that, but the commularities are intriguing. Quite the comparisonario's: Jerry and some NCAA womens' basketball coach.

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Great commentary/interview.

Great commentary/interview. Been runnin around lately thinkin I was nuts. Knowing a bit better about how Jerry was as he was gets me to be me a bit more than before and all that (junk). He is watt he was and will ever be. A. Human. Being. May sound trendy, but some days Jerry's voice moves through me like something in the wilderness.

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yup

I've reported this, thanks. A different player seems to be involved.

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I can't play any gdh shows

Archived Grateful Dead Hours have the same 'Listen Now' dead end, so none are accessible. The Taper Section and Jam of The Week selections play. I hope this helps to identify the problem.

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thanks

I've reported this issue.

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I can't play the show

I can't play the show either. The 'Listen Now' button leads to a closed loop dead end.

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I can't play the show

Is there somebody who have problem to play the show too. Is it comin' from me or you guys have the same thing? Anyway , thanks for the music and interview every week david .

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Grateful Dead Hour no. 427