Grateful Dead

Taper's Section

In this space, every Monday, you will find information on the recorded history of the Grateful Dead’s music as it pertains to that week, specifically focusing on the shows for that week, through the band’s 30 year performing history, that reside in the Grateful Dead's storied tape vault. Although not everything is in there, with more than 1,600 of the band's 2,400-odd shows represented, there is plenty about which to talk. Check back weekly for new entries and insight into the vault, as well as exclusive audio clips relating to that week in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history.


December 30, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Welcome back, and goodbye to 2013, and hello to 2014. To ring in the New Year, we have music from the east coast, the west coast, and Europe.

December 23 - December 29, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, and Happy Holidays! This week we've got some decidedly non-Holiday music, but good stuff nonetheless.

December 16 - December 22, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from a 10 year span in Grateful Dead history, 1973-1983, with a stop in 1979 along the way.

December 9 - December 15, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from a seven year period in Grateful Dead history, 1976-1983.

December 2 - December 8, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from a 10 year span in Grateful Dead history, from 1973, 1982 and 1983.

November 25 - December 1, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from the final 15 years of Grateful Dead history, 1980, 1982 and 1991.

November 18 - November 24, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

November 11 - November 17, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll hear some music from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

November 4 - November 10, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we cover almost 20 years of Dead history, with music from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

October 28 - November 3, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from a short period in Grateful Dead history, early in Brent’s tenure with the band, with selections this week from 1979, 1981 and 1982.

October 21 - October 27, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers’s Section, where this week we have tunes from 1969, 1979 and 1982.

October 14 - October 20, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’re going to check out music from 1981, 1982, and 1989, a plethora of Brent-era Dead.

October 07 - October 13, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week check in on some fine Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1982 and 1989, all from iconic Grateful Dead performance venues.

September 30 - October 6, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1981 and 1989.

September 23 - September 29, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music exclusively from the second half of the Grateful Dead’s performing history.

September 16 - September 22, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll check out tunes from 1973, 1981 and 1989.

September 9 - September 15, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we've got music covering 23 years of Grateful Dead music, including some of the oldest material we have in the vault.

September 2 - September 8, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll hear Grateful Dead music spanning 15 years, 1974 to 1989, with a stop in 1981 along the way.

August 26 - September 1, 2013

Thanks for joining us here at the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll listen to some music covering a 15 year span in the Grateful Dead's career, 1974 to 1989, with a stop in 1981.

August 19 - August 25, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover 17 years of Grateful Dead history with music from 1972, 1981 and 1989.

August 12 - August 18, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have tunes spanning 17 years of Grateful Dead history, some excellent Summer Dead tunes.

August 5 - August 11, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll check out some Grateful Dead music from 1969, 1984 and 1988.

July 29 - August 4, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we check out some Grateful Dead music from 1969, 1972 and 1984 as we roll into August, passing Jerry's birthday as we go.

July 22 - July 28, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section! This week we have tunes covering 15 years of Grateful Dead history, 1969-1984.

July 15 - July 21, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, as we head past the middle of July. This week we have some Grateful Dead music from 1978, 1980 and 1982.

July 8 - July 14, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from three fine years in Grateful Dead history, 1973, 1979 and 1984.

July 1 - July 7, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from the first five years of Brent's tenure with the band, 1979 to 1984.

June 24 - June 30, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from three Spring Tours, in 1977, 1979 and 1984.

June 17 - June 23, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, as we head into Summer. To launch our first Summer entry here, we have music from 1978, 1979 and 1984.

Our first stop this week is on 5/17/78 in Chicago, the final show of the Spring Tour of 1978 (which was divided into two legs: 4/6 through 4/24, and 5/5 through 5/17).

June 10 - June 16, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover 14 years in Grateful Dead history, 1979, 1984 and 1993.

From Brent Mydland's third-ever show with the Grateful Dead, and the Dead's first-ever appearance at the Hampton Coliseum, on 5/4/79, we have