Are you still in London?
My great-grandfather came from County Cork to help build the Union Pacific Railroad back in the day.
Could I be the first Irish person in here? That would be a new experience! Anyway, briefly...
Moved to London after I finished school in 1970 and remember buying American Beauty and Astral Weeks (Van Morrison) on the same day that autumn (Fall!). I don't think I'll ever do better than that again. Got to see the Dead at the Lyceum in 1972 and then somehow fell away from all that until the 80s when I was in the States and someone (thanks Bob Hapgood if you ever hit this Forum) turned me on to the great taping tradition. Got lots of stuff from very generous US traders (I didn't have much to trade at the time). One of my favourites is the Warfield concert. I later found it on the Reckoning CD. STill I have Dead besotted periods and have only truely come to appreciate Gerry as a guitar player in later years.
Good luck to all here and many thanks to the people who have totally revitalised the old web site.
Finally a thumbs up to Bob Hunter. I am a semi regular reader of your diary Bob, thanks.
I´m from the woods of Karlstad quite close to Norway. But I worked a summer in Uppsala actually, very nice place! Have some friends there as well.
I know Uppsala were one of the most interesting places in Sweden in the early 70s, with all their musicforums and stuff. A lot of great experimental bands came out of that place, like Samla Mamma Manna, and others.
Linköping is almost a blank spot on the map for me though..
Oh, those nice ladys on the countryside.. I think they are angels in disguise, they have saved me in similar ways as your story.
Nice to see a story from Sweden, Thanks.
This was posted on Eurotraders
some of you might be interested
Paris celebrates the Summer of Love June through October with a series of
exhibitions in Montreuil. It gets live on Saturday 8 September with a
Deadicace gig and, though not announced on the site, Barry Melton will be
there too. All you need to know and other links at
Really hope some of you can get there.
Barry fans may already know he's also performing amidst an eclectic line up
in France at the Rochefort festival sometime around 24 August, with French
backing band and Deadicace members Jamasutra. Details of Rochefort are at:
"Try on your wings and find out where it's at
Hey, hey ....."
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When I was a student doing the summer-in-Europe thing, I took my student railpass and took the overnight train from Copenhagen to Uppsala, because I really wanted to see Uppsala. Long story. But anyway, I have the loveliest memories of the place.
Except there's this Bergman movie in which there's a scene of a particular corner with yellow stone buildings and cobblestone streets, and it gave me intense physical flashbacks to dragging my no-sleep self and excess luggage past that very corner looking for someplace to sleep. Wound up at what seemed to be a private hostel out in the country. It was full, but the lady took pity on me and let me stay in the attic. The view was incredible...
And the sound of the train conductor calling the stops. Linköping is the one I remember.
Of course, this was in 1971. But in my mind, it's still lovely.
Pretty sure this is my first post on this site.
It´s so nice to read all your anecdotes and thoughts concering the Dead. Big thanks to you all. Your keeping these nights, when i really should be sleeping, interesting.
Me myself lives in Sweden, with our long winters, and my name is Joakim.
I´m in to ecological lifestyle, and doing my best to live as eco-friendly as possible, with plans of beeing self-sufficient as soon as possible.
Wonder if there any fellow swedes here?
But Im not that hung up on nationality or geography, we are universal people us ´heads it seems to me. The Love connects us.
I havent seen any GD-show, I was only eleven years old when Jerry left the earth to join the places where only his music had been before.
So I have not that much to contribute with when it comes to that. But I´ll do my best.
This might be of some use for you to contact like minded folk.
There are lots of Deadheads in the London Area.
You could see the Cosmic Charlies who regularly play London, The next show is in August for Jers Birthday
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Greetings from a London deadhead...got switched onto the Dead by an old girlfriend while living in the US in the early 90's but, alas, never got to see them live...my only live experience is the post-Jerry Dead at Jones Beach, PAF at the same venue and RatDog when they played the Astoria a few years back...still, have managed to d/l numerous live shows via archive.org (before they stopped sbd recordings) and bt.etree.org with my favourite years being 1974 and 1977...it's great to have this forum because being a deadhead in the UK is a somewhat strange existence...you have this huge connection to this amazing world of GD music that somehow creates little resonance with most of your compatriots...I do my best to proselytise among my group of friends...put on some GD when they're round for dinner or something and wait for them to say, "this is good, what's this..." (a frequent reaction)...anyway, good to see there are some likeminded folk here in Europe!
I moved from the US to Grenoble, France in 1999, and unfortunately the only deadheads I meet here are the ones the old friends that come to visit me here. I'm about to move to Copenhagen for about a year and then return to Grenoble. Anyone out there in either of these cities...I'd love to get together and share some music and show memories over a cold beer or bottle of wine. Most of my european friends just don't seem to get the music. I'm sure there are some of you out there. I'd love to hear from you.
Saw the Dead twice in London in 1990. Had a fabulous time. Managed to get to the Wakarusa festival in 2005 and 2006. Best birthday present ever was listening to the Schwag playing Terrapin Station whilst dancing with my daughter on a sunday morning in Kansas.
The Dead have been a constant source of joy in this world we live in. I have passed my love of their music to my daughter, who knew all the words to Friend of the Devil at the age of 5, and even now as a typical 13 year old would rather listen to the 76 new year show than the Fratellis in the car. We sing their songs and dance. Though her friends thought her strange when she went to school with her steal your face lunch box. She is known as the hippy chick.
The Grateful Dead a band for all occasions and all ages. I thank you for the times we have had.
Be kind is my philosophy.