We begin our 50th anniversary celebration of 1971’s live album Skull & Roses with co-producer Bob Matthews, lighting director Candace Brightman, tour manager Sam Cutler, David Crosby, & David Freiberg, plus lost sessions, a 6-night false start, dream telepathy, song origins & more.
Skull & Roses 50: Side A supplementary notes
by Jesse Jarnow
The Grateful Dead’s 1971 live album Skull and Roses, featuring recordings made in the spring of that year, has a surprisingly tangled backstory. In this season’s Deadcast, we are delighted to use some of the audio behind the book, Garcia: A Signpost to New Space, a pair of interviews with Jerry Garcia conducted by Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner and Yale Law professor Charles Reich, available wherever books are sold from Hachette/Da Capo Press.
In 2002, Guernsey’s auctioned a draft of lyrics to “Playing in the Band” and reproduced very small images in their catalogue. Alex Allan has made a valiant attempt to transcribe them.
With encouragement and suggestions from Jerry Garcia, Dr. Stanley Krippner designed and executed a 6-night pilot study in dream telepathy at the Grateful Dead’s Capitol Theater shows in February 1971. To do a proper study, Krippner would have needed at least 8 nights, though the Grateful Dead rarely played 8 nights in the same venue, even at their most popular.
Interesting to hear his insights from meeting George Harrison. Also hearing an excerpt from George’s album All Things Must Pass.