Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty, a novel written by Tim Sandlin is something everyone thats ever been on the bus MUST read. It is a hysterical and often bittersweet tale of the Mission Pascadero nursing home twenty years from now in the bay area, housing every representative of the Haight era. Its funny. Let me put it this way, they start a revolution based on mistreatment and take on THE MAN by taking full control of the facility. The Govenor of California is none other than....Dixie (Drew) Barrymore! Enjoy the ride!
Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty, Tim Sandlin
I hate to call them lot people, but I think for them to survive the way they did, they must of had an inner strength. I personally always have to have a HOME. I could never live the life of a gypsy, although it would be fun at times. As for life after the DEAD, I will always listen and read what goes on in the world of the Grateful Dead. My son who is now all of 2 months old is already listening to the music. Hopefully he will grow and carry on my torch. Peace everyone and Merry Christmas!!!!
I never had the privilege of seeing a Live show....But as a musician , I can say this music has Style, reality , it spoke and continues too speak to my soul each time I listen to it.... it is as much a part of my "Life" as almost anything I ever played or heard musically.....I am blessed for hearing it as well as for having a wife that loves it too..
get a Life ? I got one....It must suck for people who live with such negativity, that they tell others too get a Life..
I've always wondered that myslef. Watching Gypsy Souls' video, I saw a totally spaced out dude in the lot and thought, man I hope he's doing okay.
Wellbeams to all the lot folk
I always thought this question of moving on related more to ticketless parking lot heads. I was watching "Tie Dyed" and "End of the Road" recently and wondered what became of these folk. The ones who lived in vans and buses, rarely if ever went to shows, and lived off of selling their wares and scoring the odd miracle.
There were some cool folk (especially if they were older heads from the 60's), and some that were downright creepy (usually the younger ones around my age that showed up post Touch of Grey). The vendors who had a code of ethics seemed cool with the exception of the nitrous jerks. Where are these people now? The poor guy from Boston who lost his dog, the weird chick who talked about her friend seeing an angel; the friends of "Pokey"; Billy, his son Timothy Wind, and that freaky kid who went on about Jerry's fingers; the chick with the dreads who said f*k love, there's too many cuties..etc.
I wonder if they moved on, or grew wiser, or morphed into right wing freaks, or stuck with what they were doing but simply adjusted.
For us 9 to 5ers, its easy to have the music. But what about for those whose lives revolved around the dead lifestyle? Like Chad Smith of the Chili Peppers said the day after Jerry's death, what are all these people gonna do now? Not the fans that go to shows but the traveling gypsys. Anyone got any ideas? Rainbow Gathering? 21st Century communes?
I can't believe that it's been so long, but I have to say that I don't think that the Dead or Jerry will ever truly die. Nothing that good dies.
I must say that I was fortunate to see the band 20 or so times. Iam 35 and really discovered them in 88. Over the years I have made it a point to discover more and more about the band and the philosophy of their music. I listen to the GD or JGB everday, and I always get something out of it. Just as I did when I saw them live. I always made it a point to get and have tickets. Especially on Rex Foundation days, I felt that it was important. I did not like the parking lot scene. Although I can't say that I never had fun, but it was all about the music for me. I grew up and still live near Sacramento so Cal Expo was where I saw my first show. I feel fortunate for that. I saw them out of state and made an adventure out of it, and loved it. So as far as getting a life, Iam just living it. It just so happens that listening to the GD is very therapeutic in that sense. They were more than just a band, and the legacy helps me sort out a lot. I lost my Dad to cancer four years ago and I have struggled with addiction since. Iam winning that battle today. Through all of my struggles the music is there for me like an old friend. I think what is so special is that the true story in the music is what the listener gets out of it. Perception is different for all of us, and thats particularly what I enjoy the most. The variety of ideals and perception meeting in the middle to form classic story lines of life. Anyway, thats all I can think of, Iam gonna go live my life. Thanks, KR
AND VERY WELL SAID. THANK YOU TOM!
Interesting topic..I'm 44 and a sales professional and it still amazing to me that people think that "dead heads" are some sort of virus. I think that unless you have "experienced" the dead in your own way...and we all have our own stories....One should really not comment on the validity of our sub culture. The guy who has seen 12 shows and has "got on" with his life is just kidding himself since he still listens to his 1000+ hours of tapes.
Most people moved on to Phish or some other live band. Is that really moving on or just trying to find an outlet for the loss of the "original dead"? Better yet are they trying to find the next Grateful Dead. Even the spin offs have been fine to me because they are not trying to copy the original, they just want to bring us the music that has brought us together as a community. The scene (before that gate crashers) was a huge part of the Dead. The music was just one of the vehicles that brought us together.
History is history and we learn about it in school in some fashion or another. The Dead is part of American history, and for some of us it was more personal. So I would argue that anyone that has followed the Dead has really moved on. We still think about the old times and we incorporate those ideals and memories into our new ventures and musical appetites.
It's funny that most people say they have moved on, and I would bet that the vast majority of them are clinging on to their old cassettes. I have moved on to other interests, but the Dead will always be a part of me and my life and It would be imposable to shut them out. Gee the guy who has moved on is posting on a Dead site....go figure --Tom Hohbach
it's so cosmic that i stumbled upon that vid and ms adams was just at the umass thing. man it just blows my mind. glad to hear your in better digs now badger!!
nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile