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Blair’s Golden Road Blog - Plenty Shakin’ on Shakedown Street

By Blair Jackson

The vending scene outside Dead shows started so innocuously.

Blair’s Golden Road Blog - Two Field Trips, 10 Years Apart

By Blair Jackson

Blair’s Golden Road Blog: “Inch Your Way Through Dead Dreams…”

By Blair Jackson

Summer flies and August dies / The world grows dark and mean…
—Robert Hunter, “Days Between”

Don’t get me wrong—I love 1970s Grateful Dead. It’s the decade they made their greatest albums, introduced most of their coolest songs (both originals and covers) and played hundreds of their finest shows.

Blair’s Golden Road Blog—In the Shadow of the Moon: Terrapin Station at 35

I had a wonderful experience last weekend, when Regan and I took a whirlwind trip up to Portland, Ore.

Recently, I’ve been on a kick of listening to big chunks of certain Grateful Dead tours in chronological order. It started after I lauded the summer 1991 tour in this space a few weeks ago.

I must admit, when the lineup for this year’s Gathering of the Vibes in Connecticut July 19-22 was first announced, it got me seriously salivating.

After years of painstaking work and many months of preparation, the much-touted Grateful Dead Archive at UC Santa Cruz is set to open to the public with a celebration on Friday, June 29, between 1 p.m.

On June 19, 1987—25 years ago this week—MTV showed the video of the Dead’s just-released single, “Touch of Grey,” for the first time.

Last time, we talked mostly about the post-Brent era as it related to Vince and to Jerry’s sad decline.

Blair’s Golden Road Blog - After Brent

By Blair Jackson

Blair’s Golden Road Blog — Cornell ’77 Enshrined for the Ages

By Blair Jackson

Blair’s Golden Road Blog - "Dark Star crashes..."

By Blair Jackson

Spurred by a comment I read somewhere online, I decided to download the Dead’s January 10, 1979, concert at Nassau Coliseum.

My 18-year-old daughter just had a week no one should have to experience.

I have a slightly bizarre ritual when it comes to listening to shows I'm not familiar with.

Blair's Golden Road Blog - The Persistence of Memory

By Blair Jackson

I’ve been asked many times through the years about “the best” Grateful Dead show I ever attended. With 365 concerts spanning 1970 to 1995 to choose from, that’s an extremely difficult choice. “Best” in what way? Some supposedly objective evaluation of the music? Good luck with that. “Favorite”? Even that is completely loaded.

Last week we talked about the sometimes onerous and unpleasant task of trying to turn friends on to the Grateful Dead.

No, not that way. That’s a topic for another time, for sure. But this week I want to talk about the challenges, perils and triumphs of trying to turn friends on to the Grateful Dead.

Blair’s Golden Road Blog - Finding the Spirit of ’67

By Blair Jackson

I’m writing this the morning after RatDog’s (1/25/12) reunion show at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios complex in San Rafael, Marin County.

Blair’s Golden Road Blog - Santa Cruz GD Archive Opening in Spring

By Blair Jackson

This could verge on the sacrilegious, but I’ve been thinking for some time that Jeff Chimenti may be the best all-around keyboardist to have played with the Grateful Dead or the post-GD bands.

What a wonderful year it was for the various Dead-connected bands crisscrossing the continent.

What does it mean that I can clearly remember every New Year’s Eve I spent with the Grateful Dead or post-Dead bands, but can recall almost none of my other December 31sts?

Even though I was a rabid Dead Head when I moved from New York to the Bay Area back in the fall of 1973, I didn’t make it to a Dead New Year’s Eve show until 1981-82.

Continuing what has become a cherished early-December tradition for the Grateful Dead Family, the Rex Foundation put on another Wang Dang Doodle of a fundraiser at the Fillmore in San Francisco Dec. 3.

Finding a consensus on almost anything in the Grateful Dead world is a daunting proposition. There are as many opinions about the “best” shows or tours as there are Dead Heads.

Blair's Golden Road Blog