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.


January 28 - February 3, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have a double dose of 1978, and a very good complete set from 1989.

On 4/22/78, the Grateful Dead were wrapping up their first leg of their Spring Tour of 1978 in Nashville, followed by a 4/24 show in Normal, IL.

January 21 - January 27, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll hear music from 1977, 1978 and 1989.

January 14 - January 20, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1978, 1980 and 1989, a good batch of music from some prime eras.

January 7 - January 13, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll be rolling into our first full week of the new year with music from 1977, 1978 and 1989.

December 31, 2012 - January 06, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, and a huge Happy New Year to everyone. We hope you have/had a great New Year's Eve.

December 24 - December 30, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, and we hope you're having a great holiday season. This week we're going to check out some music from 1973, 1976 and 1988.

This first bit of music is from 12/19/73 in Tampa, Florida, a show very famously known as Dick's Picks Volume 1.

December 17 - December 23, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover a 17 year span of Grateful Dead music, 1972 to 1989, with music recorded in Northern California, Southern California and Rochester, NY.

December 10 - December 16, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from a short, but very sweet, period in Grateful Dead history, 1978-1981.

As you may have noticed the past couple of weeks, we've played some music from 4/21/78 in Lexington, KY, and this week we're pleased to continue with more from that same fine show, with the start of the second set, featuring

December 3 - December 9, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we're going to check out quite a slim period in Grateful Dead music, covering 1975 to 1978.

In 1975, as most of us know, the Grateful Dead only performed four shows: two benefit gigs, one free concert in Golden Gate Park, and a private gig to announce the release of their studio album Blues For Allah.

November 26 - December 2, 2012

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be hearing some music from an eight year span in Grateful Dead history, from 1973 to 1981.

We'll begin our week toward the end of the spectacular two month run of shows that ran between October 19 and December 19, 1973, with music from Duke University in Durham, NC on 12/8/73.

November 19 - November 25, 2012

Week of November 19 - November 25, 2012

Welcome back.

November 12 - November 18, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have a double dose of Fall 1979, and some 1984 Grateful Dead.

November 5 - November 11, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1973, and a double dose of 1979.

Our first stop is on 10/30/73 in St. Louis, the second night of a two night run.

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.