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All musicians steal from other musicians, as the saying goes. Members of the Dead have citied influences from Bill Monroe to Charles Ives. Share knowledge and questions here!

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My friend Matt named his dog Django

All you have to do is listen to any Django Rhinehart (sp?) music and you hear Garcia's licks. That's one of the reasons my friend Matt named one of his dogs, Django. He named the other Gibson. Back in the day Bo Diddley opened for the Dead. At the old Academy of Music on 14th St. in Manhattan in spring of 1972. Bo Diddley opened for Jerry/Merle band on a boat trip leaving from Battery Park called Pirates Ball. It was a great show and Hell's Angel's ran the security and also handed out nitrous balloons with the High Times logo on them.

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Hey Deadicated

Howdy-Deadicated-haven't been reading the EKAT again, but maybe I should. When I get a chance I'll look up this book. Thanks. I was too young (or so thought my parental units) to go to the Cow Palace (cried with my neighbor friend) But, got to go hear the Beatles @ Candlestick Park (still have the ticket!) xoxoxo Gypsy Cowgirl

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Dead - Beatles

GC Have you been reading The Electric Koolaid Acid Test again? If you love "The Merry Pranksters Welcome the Beatles" story, I know it's a stretch, but you might love the third installment of Anne Rice's Vampire Lestat series, The Queen of the Damned, where Lestat is the headliner at a concert that has the same imagery created by Wolfe when he leads you from the bus to the Cow Palace and the aftermath. It has all the pandemonium and chaos that Wolfe's conveys so palpably. You might want to read the first two, too - three really cool books.

"Where does the time go?"

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Beatles/Dylan

seems I remember the Grateful Dead were all into the Beatles in the early '60's. A bus load went to see them @ the Cow Palace & I'm sure I've heard Dylan influenced them-who didn't he influence? (well, there might be a few) love yall, Gypsy Cowgirl

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Grisman headlining inaugural Chicago Bluegrass&Blues Fest 11/22

What's up guys, I just wanted to give everyone a heads up about the inaugural Chicago Bluegrass & Blues festival, this 11/22 at the historic Congress Theater, all benefiting the Saving Tiny Hearts Societies fight against the country's most common birth defect.

www.cbgbfestival.com

The first 10 folks that hit me up at michael.raspatello@gmail.com will get a pair of tickets mailed to them. We're excited for you to help us spread the word about this righteous endeavor

Michael Raspatello

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Influence on Mr. Lesh

He comes up in a great new book by Alex Ross, "The Rest is Noise." This is a history of modern (i.e., post-Romantic) classical music. Richard Strauss, Mahler, Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School, atonality, Shostakovich, Barber, Berio, etc. Evidently Phil listened to Mahler's 6th Symphony at high volume while tripping out. Had a near-religious experience. I wonder which recording. If this was in the 60s, there weren't many Mahler recordings around. Bernstein/New York Philharmonic, perhaps?

If you have any interest in classical music and history in general, this is a fascinating book.

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Jesse Fuller

If you have not heard of him (or heard him) you should go buy the album "The Lone Cat Sings and Plays Jazz, Folk Songs, Spirituals and Blues" today.

Jesse was a major influence on, not only The Dead, but also Dylan (and I'm sure many more). He is the guy that wrote "Beat It On Down The Line" and "Monkey and the Engineer".

The liner notes of "The Lone Cat" tell a good story about how he grew up (he made all his own instruments) and his travels (he never made any money).

In my opinion, music would not be what it is today without Jesse Fuller... he was an amazing musician and songwriter that does not get the credit he deserves.

Check out this YouTube Video of him playing "San Francisco Bay Blues"... a song you may have heard Dylan cover:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=rmVVxhYlp2Y

Check out all his homemade instruments... they are amazing!

Stop a stranger and shake their hand!

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Doc Watson

Doc Watson

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Sanibel!

I was lucky enough to go there years ago and I've never forgotten it. What a beautiful place.

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Mountain Jam

Deadicated - I teach high school journalism in Cape Coral. We live across the river near downtown Ft Myers. Spend a lot of time on the beach - have some friends (the guy who did my CD cover and his wife) who just moved there. No wilderness near the pier anymore, but a nice county park at the tip of that end of the island. My buddy and I just went over to Sanibel on his boat the other day - so many dolphins jumping around we stopped counting.
When my brother was living with my parents and I was just out of college, we would make plans to meet according to the Mountain Jam on Eat A Peach: "Put on Mountain Jam - I'll be at your place by the time it's over."
Somewhere in the vast confusion that is my tape collection, I have Hornsby scat singing "First There Is a Mountain" and turning it into quite a jam.
I could go on and on about the Allmans as well. I love their versions of "Soul Shine" (with Warren singing, I believe) and their acoustic versions of "Goin Down the Road" and "Come In My Kitchen."

"Folk rock for groovin families!"
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