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Joined: Aug 19 2007
Deadhead coming out of the (skeleton?) closet

Hi, my name is James. I live in San Luis Obispo County, CA, with my wife, son (15 mo.) 2 dachshunds, 2 rabbits, and a couple of random cats and raccoons (los banditos).

I have never seen the Dead in concert. I grew up in a very conservative part of Kentucky, where some types of country and gospel music were taboo - much less rock and roll. (Conway Twitty's "Slow Hand" song was about as XXX as things got there).

I was trained in classical violin, and went to college to study Viola. There was a great new/used record store, and I used to go there to buy the most random things. The owner was a deadhead. I was captivated by the "Blues for Allah" poster - but she said "that's not the place to start" and pointed me toward "Workingman's Dead" and "American Beauty" instead.

She supplemented my musical education (formal and informal) with home tapes of her favorite shows. She pointed me toward Hendrix, Janis, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, BB King - all kinds of Blues, Bluegrass, Newgrass - and my personal favorite, Frank Zappa.

My own personal "long stange trip" took me out of college, to Texas for 13 years (where I hardly every touched a violin or viola), to an enthusiasm for Celtic music that had me taking up the Violin again - with side trips into Bodybuilding, Yoga, Alchemy, Christianity, Wicca, Christian Wicca, and various other subjects.

Then I met my wonderful wife, moved to California, where a bunch of other stuff happened.

I recently joined a group that is working through Julia Cameron's "Artist's Way" - a course for recovering from creative blocks. Don't know if anyone's familiar with that book - but one of the assignments is to list your "secret selves" - creative parts of yourself that have been ignored or neglected for years. One of those was "Deadhead".

Sooo... I dug out the old tapes. Synchronicity brought me to the library, where I found., right in front of my face, Workingman's Dead, a Jerry Garcia/ David Grisman project, and a Blues Traveler live album.

I'm increasingly understanding what the Dead meant when they said they weren't in the Music Business - they were in the transportation business - to different levels of conciousness.

I have to hop in the shower before the kid wakes up from his nap. But I'm here, feeling somewhat like an estranged member of an extended family that has finally made contact.

Peace Y'all. I look forward to my time here.


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Joined: Jun 13 2007
Vintage Dead

There is another forum called I'm Looking For that you should ask questions like this in, but here is the answer. Good luck finding it. A long shot.

Vintage Dead
Grateful Dead
Initial release : 1970
Sunflower SUN-5001

Semi-legal(?) release of live material from 1966.

Side 1

I Know You Rider (Traditional arr. Grateful Dead)
It Hurts Me Too (James)
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (Dylan)
Dancin' In The Streets (Stevenson/Gaye/Hunter)
Side 2
In The Midnight Hour (Cropper/Pickett)

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Walt Whitman-Song of Myself

Joined: Aug 15 2007
Looking for album(DVD) VintageDead

R.L. GUINN Im looking for the DVD i think called Vintage Dead had Midnite hour on one side of the album fact that song took up all of one side any one remember it Help

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Joined: May 26 2007
Welcome all!!

Welcome welcome, new names and faces!!

Joined: Jul 20 2007
Hey now!

Hi!.... I'm Gigi from South NJ...Wenonah to be exact.
Just wanted to say, and that I really like the new site and have been enjoying talking to new friends and seeing all the shows that everyone has been to.

Joined: Jul 29 2007

Hello dead heads, I am Josh.

I am a Pittsburgh deadhead. I enjoy music, concerts, the dead, reading, and being with people in general.

Joined: Jun 22 2007
Hello everyone

Names Bob, I'm 41 and am new to this fourm.
I spent most of my life living in Maryland,half way between Baltimore, and Philadelphia. So I had an chance to see a good bit of shows up and down the east coast.My very first show was the Dead with Dylan and Tom Petty opening at RFK stadium. Went to both nights, then coma. I thought that was it, but went on to many more shows! Besides Celtic Woman they are still my favorite band, and will always hold a place in my heart. I now live in Minnesota and get to see Bobby on occasion. Other than that not much to tell.

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Joined: Jul 24 2007
Jay Shelton

Art Teacher in the Bay Area. I hav ebeen into the Dead since the late 70s (in high school in Upstate NY). My first show was in college at the Carrier Dome (1982). I have gone to hundreds of Dead related shows (and hundreds of other shows) since. I have been in the Bay Area for 5 years and would like to find more people to go to shows with.

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Joined: Jul 20 2007
What's to Know

Amigo De Diablo
Hey now, nice to meet you. I'm about a million years old and attended my first shows way back in the day in NYC. I've been hanging 'round ever since. I miss the dead but get my RatDog/Phil fix when ever time allows. Just caught the New NRPS at the Stonepony in NJ and that was a bit of all right. they're jammin' a bit-it works well, Michael Falzarano is a nice fit.
anywho-Been dead since about 1970 & plan to stay that way.
Please to meet you.

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Joined: Aug 10 2007
well hello, hugs and kisses to y'all!

Hello my friends of the Dead, my name is Andrew. I just signed on this train, and expect to have myself a long strange trip. Great news also... it is my birthday today, i am still just a young buck at 32 good years. i live outside of chicago and i love the dead. I am a woodworker by trade and the music just clears my head and takes me to that place i need to be in my daily life.
My first Dead show was in the late 80's. I was in the seventh grade and my brother took me with some friends from his work. what a culture find it was for me. Let me say I still dream of the pretty girl that talked and danced with me. she had such cute dirty bare feet and a daisy in her hair. wow, hear i am married and happy as a clam and i still remember those dirty feet.
well, glad to say hi to you all and would love to hear from all you fine people in my computer screen. keep the world green, give a friend a hand and help the ones who need you most... hugs to you all my deadmates!

I am the sun... now please, show me your moon...


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