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robcork's picture
Joined: Jun 15 2007
Hey everyone!

I grew up in Palo Alto, started going to shows in the 70's. My early hometown experiences were Reconstruction and Brents first show at Spatan in San Jose. The fellas got me into playing my own stuff and I am still as interested in listening to Grateful Dead music as when I first heard "Garcia" in the mid 70's.

Come hear my stuff at


Joined: Jun 15 2007

Hi. i`m originally from scotland but now ive been living in switzerland for the last few years (surrounded by alps) and very peacefull too :)
im 39 (40 in october 30th),i share a birthday with grace slick which has always given me a little kick :)
i play in a band here,sort of rocky/bluesyy/experimental type of stuff,im sure anyone used to the dead have a clear idea of what i mean :) also making an album in finland with a long time friend/musician/confidant which we hope to release next summer..not sure if i can give myself a bit of a quickie plug? (
always looking to meet new friends in the dead scene and help anyone out looking to start a collection of live stuff..
would love to get to know more thats me on a saturday afternoon with a terrible hangover....i have toothache and overdid it with the whisky treatment...(i did say i was scottish) :)

Joined: Jun 15 2007

Thanks for the site. I want to thank all my sisters and my brothers for keeping the faith, may it leads us through the darkness.

I joined the family in '71 and still love the music. Over the next 24 years I caught over 100 GD mostly CA shows plus many GD spin off bands. Living by SF now and still like live shows, rock and and other good music.

Long live music, long live the Dead

By the way will the band known as the "Dead" ever play again? I'd pay to see them!

Joined: Jun 15 2007


I'm amanda. I never got to experience The Dead live, simply becuase I was born to late but that doesn't stop me from enjoying as much of their albums, videos, etc. I can get my hands on (Ratdog occasionally)! There's not much to say other than...PEACE!!

marshajmellow's picture
Joined: Jun 15 2007
Sometimes we live no particular way but our own....

Hello to you all!

Here I am in St. Augustine, FL, flipping through all the SPAM and well here right before my eyes the newly revised DEAD.NET!!!! Hurrah... Ran out of time for the other one, but I sure did love the printed paper that came ever so often. I still have them all...

Through the years starting about 71- I was hooked on the studio albums. 1972- Dawnwood Cove-Memphis-dancin like there was no tommorow to TRUCKIN with my best friend/lover/soul mate. Song became ingrained in my soul... truly ... the words mean even more now, "What a Long Strange Trip It's Been"

Early 80's we had huge parties and always tried to play "Wake of the Flood" but the horrible truth was at the very end it skipped so we never heard it all! But we never put it away.. we just dealt with it. Imagine the fun when I finally got the tape and could listen to the whole thing. Funny I always think of those days even now when I play the CD!

Fast forward a few years and I had the great pleasure of seeing the boys at the OMNI in Atlanta, oh about 1980 something... For the first time, I really understood (or as close as anyone can) the connection these guys made you feel with them. Life itself kept me from selling everything I owned to follow them like a vagabond. Although I wanted to physically, I chose to bury myself in the bootleg tapes that were whizzing around.

Saw them again in Tampa a couple of years before Jerry died. It was a great show, the greatest I had ever seen or been to. Being a Jerry girl, I was heartbroken, still am........I know he was off and on.. but his genius never ended and never will...

Today he sits above my desk with his guitar in hand framed in tribute and truly at times feels like a good friend of mine. One that will live on in my life because I literally grew up with him!

I always have a stealie or a bear somewhere and when by chance someone else holds a similar badge, I know they are a kindred spirit and I have to smile and sometimes even give a little twirl (if Im not driving)!

The new formations are great. I love them all and listen to everything possible when I can. I also love Bruce Hornsby, did before he even played with the boys! Maybe I will make it to Bonnaroo some day! It is very close to my hometown!

For now when I'm feeling the slightest bit down.. I put Jerry on and let him sing my blues away! My whole world changes and it's like I know a secret that I wish everyone else could know so they could be happy too!

Ok... I am long winded.Nice to get all of this out of my system though!

"Strangers stopping strangers just to shake their hand, Everybody's playing in the heart of gold band, heart of gold band."

Yeah! marshajmellow

P.S. I can play Eyes of the World on my guitar at least 15 different ways!

carlaz's picture
Joined: Jun 15 2007
Yet another intro :)

Hi all,

Just got back from holiday and found the mail about the new -- signed up right away, of course! (While travelling, I dropped through Cairo and caught the pyramids. Sitting watching the sound and light show thing, all I could think of was "Gee, it must have been cool to see the Dead here!" :)

Anyway, I'm a relatively late-bloomed Deadhead, freely confessing to have gotten into the band via seeing the "Touch of Grey" video when I was 16 or so, as well as various "Summer of Love" documentaries running in 1987 that mentioned the band and had some old clips of interviews and stuff. I bought In the Dark ('cause it was new, and had the song I'd seen on TV) and Live/Dead ('cause it was from back in the day, and you gotta hear a band's live stuff anyway to really know what they can do), and I must have listened to that "Dark Star" about 9 times in a row trying to get my head around that, trying to hear all of what was going on, picking up the threads in that conversation .... Well, I was hooked! :)

Never saw that many shows, but my first was the 29 March 1990 with Branford Marsalis playing. What a way to start! I saw a Giants Stadium show in June 1991 (don't remember which one, though I think the 16th) and I think three of the 1991 Boston Garden run (only remember the 25th, for sure!), and Franklin County Field was the last in 1995. I think I might have seen another Nassau Coliseum show sometime in 1992 maybe ... But I was never really keeping count! :)

Since 1995, I've mostly lived in the UK, and caught Ratdog here once a few years back, but otherwise I've just followed the various Grateful Dead Family doings as best I can from afar. I expect to move to South America (Colombia) later this year, so I guess I'll be increasingly relying on the internet for buying music downloads as well as communications and news on the scene in the future! Luckily, that all seems to be coming along, these days.

I dig all kinds of music -- folk, world, Latin, rock, classical, heavy metal, you name it! -- but the special place in my heart for the Dead has always stayed with me.

Cool to be here with y'all! :)



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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Who I Be

Hey everyone,
My name is Sean, a prophet on the burning shore and I got on the bus in 1990. I regretably only saw one Grateful Dead show with Brent Mydland on keys. The following five years were spent seeing shows all over the west coast and trying to squeeze in some work in between. In all, my show count is 50+ Grateful Dead shows and 25+ Jerry Garcia Band shows (lost some ticket stubs along the way so not sure exactly how many). I wish I would have quit working to follow Jerry and the Boys all over this great country of ours but alas I never got to see any east coast shows. Some of my most memorable times were either at shows or on tour. I miss looking forward to my next Dead fix and can't believe it's been so long. Sam Boyd(vegas),Shoreline(Mt.View),Oakland Coliseum,Henry J. Kaiser (Oakland),Autzen Stadium(Eugene),Cal Expo(Sac),LA Sports Arena,Warfield(SF).... are the places I remember fondly. Saw a bird with a tear in his eye walk to n'orleans my oh my..... I miss the music most of all and of course the kind folks I met along the way. Dead Freaks Unite. Life may be sweeter for this I don't know....see how it feels in the end.

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
Cali head

Hey Now, I'm Faith and living in Hollywood. Saw my first show at Shoreline in Oct. of 89, just turned 18 and hit the road with a couple of friends. WOW what a scene, everything that came by we took, ate, smoked, and whatever else. By the middle of the first set I was wasted beyond my belief! Not knowing then what I know now, education is a wonderful thing, rock med and all. I found my way back to the car and some kind people in the lot helped me out tremendously. Thank You kind souls. Even with that semi-bad experience I was hooked. Went to my next show the next year at the Fablous Forum and kept going. I eventually racked up 19 Dead Shows and 5 Jerry shows and was grateful for each and every one. I never went to any East Coast shows, could never afford it and never had the guts to just go, so most of my shows were LA, SF, and Vegas. What magic and pure delight! I miss those days but not forget them.
Most of the time you can find my man Steve and I at Cubensis shows in southern California, cause we cannot let the Dead die. I think I have said enough for now nice to met everyone and hope to talk with you again.

Joined: Jun 14 2007
You can take the Girl out of Philly

but you can't take the Philly out of the Girl

I know we're one big happy family here but I just read a post from my brother! You can disregard the announcement that the new site was up - obviously you all ready knew and didn't tell me.

For a long time I didn't think that I was "qualified" to be a Dead Head because I'd never seen them live (as if that matters) but when I finally did get to see them the first time on 3/27/87 I knew that I had been all along. They opened with "Shakedown Street" that night and it from that night forward that song to me will always be about Philly.

Don't forget Mom's birthday is tomorrow!

Hal R's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
who I am

Hi, my name is Hal. My 1st memory is of a 4H dance with a band when I was 2 years old in 1958. I have been hooked on music and the magic that surrounds it ever since. I grew up in the woodlands, wetlands, prairies and cornfields of the Midwest.

1st heard the Dead in 1972 - Skull and Roses - I was moved, then Europe 72 - I started to fly, then Anthem - the mind was boggled with wonder, then Live Dead and it all became a part of my soul-I had touched a boundless source. 1st show was in Cedar Falls, Iowa Feb. 5 1978 - last Disc of Dick's Picks # 18. Went with my brother and wife - we still go together to shows.

I love nature in all its moods- spend as much time in it as possible - in the wilds of the Northern Rockies where I live and in my domesticated vegetable garden.

Am deeply ingrained in a world of literature - especially poetry and especially the beats; the visual arts-especially Asian and Surrealism and the poster art of the Fillmore West and Avalon; and music of all types - 60's San Francisco Bands, the blues, bluegrass, classical, folk, jazz, early punk and all the great new jam bands. The Allman Brothers are my other favorite band but also listen to lots of Coltrane, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Miles, Dylan, Oregon, Beethoven, Bach, Minutemen, Husker Du, Stevie Ray, King Crimson, Hendrix, Leo Kottke, Hot Tuna, Phish, Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule and Steve Kimock. Remember John Cipollina! Mike Stern is my new favorite.

I have been an activist in the environmental movement since I was 16 and am currently involved in wilderness, forest, and rare and endangered species issues.

I meditate daily and am part of a Zen group of the Diamond Sangha. I work as a Registered Nurse. I have a house in the forest of Northeast Washington 15 miles from Canada.

Keep on Keepin On. I am really glad this site is up and going and look forward to talking with you all.

See you at 10,000 Lakes next month.


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