I have not done an exhaustive search but it was clear that Jerry and the boys supported any number of causes that were both political and non-political. At a certain point in the early 80s they consolidated to the Rex Foundation and did shows every year to support that. Rex gives out grants and has an application process which you can check out on their website.
I think there is a bit of reaction to the boys in the post-Jerry era supporting political candidates, which Jerry never did. To be fair, the only thing I've ever heard Weir say is "Get out and vote. We don't care who you vote for as long as you vote." Many people are uncomfortable with even voting.
I think it's not hard at all to make the argument that the Grateful Dead, with Jerry and without, have a left-wing perspective. The post-Jerry boys are supporting the political process by encouraging people to vote, and even to vote for one political candidate -- that is where there is a powerful reaction. But you just can't invoke Jerry and say "they were never political" which is what a few heads are saying on this site. Supporting causes is political whether or not you are involved in electoral matters.
This reminds me of Amnesty International people telling me they are not political. The mere fact of inserting yourself in a situation where human rights are being withheld is a bold political statement, like it or not.
In any case, why would you feel that your favorite musicians have that much influence on your viewpoint??
would be a nice purchase have checked my bank account and can probably bid on his plectrum.
Anyone know who the seller is.
counting stars by candlelight.
"Apparently, your band mates and fans have forgotten your stance on politics."
While the Grateful Dead didn't do fundraisers for political candidates, Jerry Garcia did shows to benefit the anti-nuclear movement in the 1970's. I recall going to one in Boston for example, December of '77, that raised money for the Clamshell Alliance. I don't think that what Phil, Billy, Bob and Mickey having been doing the past 10 years is at all out of line with that.
"When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest!" - Bullwinkle Moose
Good grief, where is my checkbook? Can I write it off if I donate it to the archives where the
Banana Slugs roam free?
anyone got $325k or more?
What follows is a piece I wrote on 8/9/2001 please read and pass on if you have the inspiration
FARE THEE WELL, JERRY
AUGUST 9, 1995
A Dark Star fell upon the Eyes of the World
As this Friend of the Devil slipped into the Promised Land
only to become the Estimated Prophet in the Greatest Story Ever Told.
All the Brown Eyed Women went a Truckin’
Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad.
Loose Lucy and Ramblin’ Rose caught the Black Throated Wind
to El Paso singin’ the Mexicali Blues.
Cosmic Charlie and Tennessee Jed Beat It On Down The Line
lookin’ for The Big Boss Man.
But it was Sugar Mags and Stella Blue
who saw the Smokestack Lightnin’
when Loose Lucy was Throwing Stones
at the reflection of a man Standing On The Moon
in the Black Muddy River.
But the Drums circle Franklin’s Tower One More Saturday Night
because The Music Never Stopped.
In the distance you can here Casey Jones
pulling out of Terrapin Station
As Sugaree is singing
“You Know Our Love Will Not Fade Away”
"thats all folks"
Miss you more than words can tell
You were fun :))