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.


October 29 - November 4, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some mighty fine Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1973 and 1979.

October 22 - October 28, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check in on 13 years of Grateful Dead history, from 1972 to 1985.

October 15 - October 21, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1982 and 1984.

October 08- October 14, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section. This week we have music from 1971, 1974 and 1985.

October 1 - October 7, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1974 and 1984.

September 24 - September 30, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover a span of 10 years of Grateful Dead history, 1969-1979.

Our first stop this week is in Boston on New Year's Eve 1969-1970, the only Grateful Dead New Year's show to take place outside of California.

September 17 - September 23, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1973 and 1989.

September 10 - September 16, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some Grateful Dead music from 1968, 1973 and 1987.

September 3 - September 9, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music spanning 15 years of Grateful Dead history, 1972, 1979 and 1987.

Our first stop this week is on 10/17/72 in St. Louis, the first show of a terrific three night run at the Fox Theater.

August 27 - September 2, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have a big old batch of Brent-era Dead, from 1980, 1985 and 1988.

August 20 - August 26, 2012

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover nine years of Grateful Dead music featuring tunes from 1976, 1982 and 1985.

August 13 - August 19, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, as we roll through the dog days of summer with some fine Grateful Dead music spanning six years, 1978-1984.

Our first stop this week is the second set from 9/2/78, the last show before Egypt. This was the first New York City area show by the Grateful Dead since just about exactly a year before, on 9/3/77 at Enlishtown.

August 6 - August 12, 2012

Week of August 6 - August 12, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover an 11 year span in Grateful Dead history, 1977-1988.

July 30 - August 5, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1976, 1979 and 1984.

Our first stop this week is on the excellent Fall Tour of 1976, at the 3rd-to-last show on 10/1/76 in Indianapolis.

July 16 - July 22, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll cover about nine years of Grateful Dead history, with music from 1976, 1978 and 1985.

July 9 - July 15, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1982 and 1988.

Our first stop is the excellent 9/10/72 show in Hollywood, CA, from one of the greatest months in Grateful Dead music history.

July 2 - July 8, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where we have music this week from 1972, 1979 and 1985.

June 25 - July 1, 2012

This week we have music from 1972, 1984, and 1985.

June 18 - June 24, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have some fine tunes from 1970, 1974 and 1993.

Our first selection this week is the big jam from 2/11/70 at the Fillmore East in New York City, during one of the finest runs of the shows the Grateful Dead ever performed.

June 11 - June 17, 2012

Greetings, and a big welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have a nice mix of three distinct eras of Grateful Dead music: 1969, 1978 and 1989.

June 4- June 10, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll have music from 1969, 1970 and 1984.

May 28 - June 3, 2012

Week of May 28-June 3, 2012

Welcome back to the tapers' Section, where this week we have a batch of music that is largely a continuation of music from last week, spanning 1969, 1971 and 1986.

May 21 - May 27, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1969, 1971 and 1986.

May 14 - May 20, 2012

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1974, 1977 and 1981.

May 7 - May 13, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have tunes covering seven years of Grateful Dead history, 1977-1984.

April 30 - May 6, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have some fine Grateful Dead from 1981, 1984 and 1989.

April 23 - April 29, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have some fine summer Grateful Dead from the 1980s.

April 16 - April 22, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music spanning 15 years of Grateful Dead history, 1974-1989.

April 9 - April 15, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1969, 1979 and 1980.