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.


March 31 - April 6, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1973, 1980 and 1988.

Our first stop this week is on 11/20/73 at the Denver Coliseum, when the Dead were playing two nights in Denver.

March 24 - March 30, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from Brent’s first three years in the Grateful Dead, 1979, 1980 and 1981.

March 17 - March 23, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, and one of my favorite weeks of the year as we head into Spring. This week, we're going stick to the 1980s exclusively, with music from 1980, 1981 and 1987.

Our first stop this week is in Pembroke Pines, Florida, on 11/26/80, the first show after the long runs at the Warfield and Radio City that featured acoustic and electric Dead.

March 10 - March 16, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1973, 1984 and 1994.

Our first selection is music from El Paso, Texas, on 11/23/73 as part of the terrific Fall Tour of 1973, one of the creative highpoints of the Grateful Dead's performing caree.

March 3 - March 9, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll be playing some music from 1973, and a double dose of early Brent-era Dead from 1981 and 1983.

February 24 - March 2, 2014

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1981 and 1994.

February 17 - February 23, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1983 and 1994.

February 10 - February 16, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1981 and 1994, a nice variety of different Grateful Dead eras.

February 3 - February 9, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover a span of just over 20 years with some Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1981 and 1994.

January 27 - February 2, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where we roll through the depths of winter with music from 1969, 1981 and 1994.

January 20 - January 26, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we check in on some Grateful Dead music from 1976, 1981 and 1987.

January 13- January 19, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some music from 1972, 1982 and 1987.

January 6- January 12, 2014

Welcome back, and we hope 2014 has started well for you. This week we have a batch of music from the 1980s.

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.