We time travel to one of the Grateful Dead’s most legendary shows, the 1972 benefit that saved the Springfield Creamery, featuring eyewitness accounts of heads freaking freely in the scorching heat amid some of the most incandescent jams of the band’s career.
Sunshine Daydream: Veneta, 8/27/72, part 2 supplementary text
by Jesse Jarnow
The Grateful Dead’s show at the Old Renaissance Fairgrounds in Veneta, Oregon in August 1972 is so revered and story-filled that it requires two full episodes of the Deadcast to capture. For more stories, links, and details, be sure to check out part 1.
Though Jerry Garcia is known for playing a series of iconic guitars in the early ‘70s, the instrument he plays at Veneta is an otherwise unknown sunburst 1956 Stratocaster known to gear-heads as… the Veneta Strat. Mike Clem put together an outstanding history of Garcia’s instruments.
Michele Lefkowith of the Adytum non-commune went on to an illustrious career as an anti-racist organizer, interviewed by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 1998.
And our guest Lawrence Roberts is the author of Mayday 1971: A White House at War, a Revolt in the Streets, and the Untold History of America's Biggest Mass Arrest.
Miraculously, Sunshine Daydream flame-keeper (and director of Grateful Days) Adrian Marin was able to find a few bits of film featuring Al Strobel, who helped build the crow’s nest camera tower and film some of the show. Al later went on to star on Twin Peaks as Philip Gerard, the one-armed man. Al was in a car accident as a teen, immobilizing his left arm (which he keeps in his pocket here). It certainly doesn’t stop him from rockin’ the McCullough chain saw, though!
Did I hear something about an app where you could remix live tracks?
It's right here in dead.net if you go under /playingintheband
Great work on the podcast guys. You probably mentioned it somewhere along the way but I didn't catch how an ole Head could possibly watch the movie?
You guys really outdid yourself with the two Sunshine Daydream podcasts. The best deadcasts yet. It gave so much new background information. I felt like I was really there. Then I went back and watched the movie and listened to the 3-CD set again.