Grateful Dead

Deadbase 50: Celebrating 50 Years Of The Grateful Dead Book

Continuing the tradition of providing the most complete collection of data regarding Grateful Dead concerts and recordings, both from a statistical perspective and more personal experiential recollections, DeadBase 50 is a mixed bag of a reference book (992 pages worth!). In response to the countless requests to reprint the last complete edition, this 50th anniversary edition contains a reprint of DeadBase XI plus updates to the master list (DeadBase) of Grateful Dead shows, updates to GarciaBase and WeirBase, and new sections for NedBase, Phil Lesh and Friends, The Dead, and Furthur. Along with new reviews, analysis and a brand new discography, this book also includes a number of new photos from Jay Blakesberg, Herb Greene, Bob Minkin, Rosie McGee, Susana Millman and others. Forewords were kindly provided by Dennis McNally, David Lemieux, Nicholas Meriwether, David Dodd, Blair Jackson, David Gans and Rob Koritz.

Excerpt by David Lemieux:
Every job has its manuals, whether it’s medical books for doctors or car part listings for mechanics. For my job, it’s DeadBase. A stunning piece of work: not just a listing of every Grateful Dead show ever played, but the setlists to most every show! And little notations of “first time played” (and “first time played since…”!!), all of the minutia of our hobby that Dead Heads are so proud to be able to dictate. All in one handy reference book. I can say with certainty that DeadBase was used in the studio by Jeffrey Norman and myself during the production of each and every Dick’s Pick, DVD and vault release. Truly, an invaluable tool, in fact, I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t refer to DeadBase. Several times, usually.

We’ve been fortunate to watch DeadBase evolve to the stage where it has not only all of the basics (most every Grateful Dead setlist, every time played listings, etc) but more specific and detailed things as well (GarciaBase, WeirBase, show reviews and stories, etc). And now, we’re lucky to have yet another publication of the first, and still most important, resource for our passion.

David Lemieux
Grateful Dead Vault Archivist
Victoria, BC

Excerpt by Nicholas Meriwether:
In the early days of the Haight-Ashbury, the Dead used to say that “every place we play is church.” If Dead shows were religious services, then DeadBase was our bible. And if every show courted devotion, then the songs were incantations, and set lists were spells—recipes and formulas that showed how the Dead’s restless experimentations could combine and recombine musical elements to invoke mystery, conjure magic, and create alchemy.

DeadBase recorded it all. While the project’s lasting achievement is a detailed performing history of the band, DeadBase is much more than just that record: part dictionary, part encyclopedia, and part statistical analysis, DeadBase is the Deadhead’s Swiss Army knife of reference works, providing a dazzling array of tools for approaching and appreciating the Dead’s achievement.

DeadBase is the ultimate dictionary of the Dead, for its set lists present the foundational vocabulary of the Grateful Dead experience: the songs in context, how they emerged and evolved in performance, their place and their meaning in the history of the band, and in the lives of those who listened, then and now.

Nicholas Meriwether
Grateful Dead Archivist
UC Santa Cruz

Product Details

By: John W. Scott, Stu Nixon, Mike Dolgushkin
992 pages
Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.6 x 2.3 inches

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Joined: Nov 3 2016
DeadBase 50 available again now

PLease try to order again. New copies should be in stock now!

Thanks to everyone for their patience.

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will this be available again?

Joined: Nov 9 2010
Any way to get this as a PDF?

I have all the originals in hard copy form but really need to go electronic. What do you think?

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Joined: Jan 29 2017
Deadbase 50

been trying to get this for ages but has been sold out

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We THINK this is working now

If you encounter a different reality please speak up. Thank you!

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Thanks for the heads up

I'll let the tech folks know.

Joined: Jan 13 2009
Same Here - Can't Order "Dead Base 50"

Agree w/ rangzen, keep clicking on "Add to Cart" but cart won't populate with my order.

Technical difficulties?

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Can't Order

Live in UK never had any problems before. This time when I click on basket it keeps on saying "No Orders"! Anyone else having problems?

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Joined: Jan 14 2008
Yes and Yes and Yes!

Chris - this has every set list by date. You can also look up a song and see every time it was played. All 30 years of the Dead plus later spin offs, Jerry shows, etc.

It's almost 1,000 pages. I'm sure you will find what you are looking for.

Be Kind!

Joined: Aug 30 2015
Is this also most shows and there set lists?

I was going to buy this anyway, but I just wanted to know whether this is set list of all the shows? Just like the archives
On this website. I lost the ability to look up shows and set list using my computer and the archives by year . I just wanted to know that that was in this dead base 50. I know there's plenty of other good stuff there, I just wanted to be sure that I could look up the data that l could look up on this sight ? Anyone and everyone thank you for your help ! Take it light , your friend to the end , Chris

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Joined: Jan 14 2008
A Must Have

This is the definitive collection of DeadBase. The Oracle for all of us that want/need to dig deeper into the shows. It's not just a set list, but every show, every song, every venue, every thing is sliced and diced neatly and well organized. Plus a lot of fun facts are included as well! There isn't a day that goes by that I don't refer to this book in some way or another. Great pictures, articles, thoughts and much more. Stu Nixon and company have outdone themselves. This is where all the pages are my days and all my lights grow old.

Be Kind

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