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Grateful Dead Press Conference To Announce Partnership With UC Santa Cruz

The conference is over. We will be putting it up permanently on this page as soon as we get it.


(NOTE: Contrary to rumor, this has nothing to do with any sort of Dead reunion or tour)


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Joined: Jun 14 2007
That's cool

They can put it right next to the Heinlein stuff.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Thank you Eileen....

...Thank you Eileen, for saving that stuff all these years.

I'm not Beethoven

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
well, hold my seat while i

well, hold my seat while i take this toke.

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Joined: Jun 14 2007
Santa Cruz

Now I'm VERY sure that stopping my job at UC Berkeley and starting my job at UC Santa Cruz was a most excellent idea. Looking forward to meditating in the Dead reading room at McHenry Library, a short walk from my office.

Joined: Jul 30 2007

In the good old soundboard tradition, GDP are going to make the complete collection of Dead music available for free listen/download.

Nothing left to do but ...

Joined: Jun 25 2007
Going Academic?

Elves Know No Bounds...I await the truth with abandoned disappointment if it is true...

-League of Redundancy League

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Joined: Apr 24 2008
archives and memorabilia

Press conference is about putting all the Dead "stuff" in a library on display in Santa Cruz....SOUNDS GOOD TO ME!!!

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Joined: Jul 20 2007

"You have an empty cup that only love can fill.". Peace and Happiness to all. Namaste<><>....Very cool. Can not wait...

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Joined: Jul 14 2007
Press Conference stuff

SAN FRANCISCO — It may be the ultimate collection of paraphernalia of a band known for its fondness of paraphernalia, legal and otherwise.

The Grateful Dead, whose songs celebrated personal freedom, American idealism and mind-altering drugs, will donate a cache of their papers, posters and props on Thursday to the University of California, Santa Cruz, which plans to use the musical miscellany as part of a research center to be known as Dead Central.

What exactly is to be donated, of course, is something of a mystery even to band insiders.

“It’s kind of a surprise box to us as well,” said John Perry Barlow, one of the group’s lyricists. “We’ll get to find out what’s in there as well.”

University archivists say the collection was drawn from the band’s various studios and business offices and dates back to the Dead’s founding in 1965. Among the items are rare photographs, press clippings, stage props, vintage posters, backstage passes and set and guest lists for some of the band’s innumerable concerts, which were famed for their lengthy jams and die-hard tape-swapping followers, the Deadheads.

The head of special collections and archives at the university, Christine Bunting, said much of the material to be unveiled Thursday at the Fillmore, the San Francisco rock club, was in fact sent to the band from Deadheads, including band-inspired artwork and personal letters.

“And lots of, you know, poems,” Ms. Bunting added.

Unfortunately for fans, the collection includes no new music from the group, which formally disbanded after the death of the guitarist and singer Jerry Garcia in 1995, though some members have continued to play together occasionally. Ms. Bunting said much of the material, which covers about 2,000 square feet, had been in a warehouse at an undisclosed location in Northern California, but would be open to the public in a renovated room at the university’s library.

While the band inspired no end of drug paraphernalia, Ms. Bunting said none was in the collection.

The university, located in a hippie-friendly city 75 miles south of San Francisco, already teaches a popular undergraduate course about the Grateful Dead’s music, and is known as “a hotbed of current Deadhead culture,” said Bob Weir, the group’s rhythm guitarist.

Mr. Weir said the band had decided to donate the memorabilia in part to keep it from getting lost as years went by.

“It seemed to all of us that the stuff really belongs to the community that supported us for all those years,” he said. “And Santa Cruz seemed the coziest possible home for it.”

Joined: Jun 22 2007

NO REUNION, just political stuff.


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