Hi, guys - i'm completely new to this site. I normally animate cartoons, although that kind of work has been extremely difficult to come by for years now. I'm a psychedelic cartoonist born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area and am currently living in Hollywood, California. I'm 46.
Here's why I'm here; I love all different kinds of music, especially from the 60s, and I have every single genre of music thaf's out there. As far as music from the 60s is concerned, I have gobs of it. I'm into just about everything from the commercial to the obscure to the unpopular/avante garde. specially when it has to do with my San Franciscan roots. I own tons of movies from the decade, TV shows, clothes, you name it...
...and yet, somehow, I'm only *now* getting around to hearing the Dead?
Don't ask me how this happened. All I know is that I only started hearing about the band's name from books and people mentioning it around 1981 or so, but never got to hear any of their music on the radio or any place like that. And it was not until 1989 when I first started hearing about the Deadhead culture and how the band was followed everywhere. I was both delighted and enchanted, but because I only had so much money and always seems to be checking out several other acts or oither at once, I kept on telling myself again and again, "i'll check out the Dead as soon as I get a chance."
I mean, being from the San Francisco area and especially being as into psychedelic music and art as I am, checking out the Grateful Dead simply seemed like a moral imperative. I simply had to do it, plain and simple. It didn't seem right not to at all.
Then one day in 1985 I learned along with the rest of the world about Jerry Garcia's passing.
I felt terribly sad about it, and felt that I had really missed out on something by waiting too long. While growing up I had never been able to go to concerts because my family was poor and I never had any money, and I have only recently started being able to attend concerts for the first time in my life around 2007. Up until that point, my sole concert I had ever been able to afford was Pink Floyd back in the 90s. At that same time period, I bought my first of (so far) two Dead shirts, both Bear themed.
In the late 90s I had also stumbled across a large picture book about the Dead and loved it. I also enjoyed the documentary movie Tye-Dyed. I've enjoyed looking at their posters in Hot Topic stores and even bought three stuffed Bears in 2000. I love the stuffed Bears and hope to get more.
It was in 2007 when I finally heard my very first Grateful Dead albums. They were Terrapin Station, Europe '72 and Shakedown Street. I enjoyed them, they're actually much, much lighter sounding than I had expected - the Europe album in particular surprised me to the hilt by having an extremely strong country flavour.
I am only just now checking out all their other albums out for the very first time. I'm currently enjoying AoxomoxoA. And I want to learn and experience more.
So I just now discovered this page/forum and figure it's an excellent place to grow in all that's the Dead. ;)
I hope maybe to check out a good cover band if I can find one, as I really regret missing out on that whole scene. I sometimes wonder what my life would have been like if years back I had ever started following the Grateful Dead myself.
But better late than never, I say. So here I am. And I look forward to learning and experiencing even more. Thanks for having me. ;)
Really great this year!
I've got a bunch of homemade CDs and iTunes files...I'm actually having some trouble stopping...the other GD site I go to seems busier, but nastier too...Humans...go figure...still having a good time though...
Welcome to our little corner of the Dead world! Make yourself at home...
I'm new to this site and new to the streaming audio concept (not very tech savvy to put it mildly) but not at all new to the GD...I've already learned a few things...for example,the one lasting memory I have from the Dead/Allmans show at RFK(year?) is Jerry Bob and Phil (maybe not in that order) huddled together playing a somewhat disjointed riff...I thought it was in EYES OF THE WORLD which was a big reason why I bought WAKE OF THE FLOOD...but as we all know, what happens on the stage is rarely the same thing as what happened in the studio...Sadly, it has taken me nearly 40 years to find out I was right in the first place...sheesh...
Howdy: as a kid who had a sister living in the Haight-Ashbury; I was introduced, as a teen, to the ''San Francisco-sound'' bands at their communal houses back in the mid-60's. My favorite group WAS NOT the Dead, but rather the Jefferson Airplane (as it was for many young males in my East Bay suburb..... Grace Was HOT; Jerry was not: also, the music wasn't condusive...for me... until 'Workingman's'! After that....No Contest!....go figure - JA morphed into the Starship, then fizzled out into Hot Tuna....& other 'splinter' groups.....while the band stayed truckin' for 20-25 more yrs.- w/me there for100's of shows for 19 yrs straight(?) - w/some SWEET Jerry shows thrown in up until '95 - and, speaking of 19 years after the fact: this website is truly, really, plus seriously Miraculous - just recently found it - I AM HAPPY TO HAVE ''bumped into'' you guys - makes an old 'Head' feel great, (grate?) and young, again: Keep on keepin' on! 'We need a miracle; Every day'
great to see you!