Documenting The Dead: David Gans Collection

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Rock music journalism has a long and colorful history, but all too rare are those journalists whose work interrogates a subject for decades. Even more rare are journalists whose work on a band or musician also encompasses an active performing history as a musician, steeped in the songs and approach of their subject. This week’s essay focuses on the David Gans Papers, a vital supporting collection in the larger Grateful Dead Archive, and one of the most interesting.

David Gans and Phil Lesh, KFOG Studio, 5/12/86

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One of my better fly-on-the-wall moments. This was the era of the Grateful Dead Hour on local station KFOG. David Gans had persuaded Phil to come to the studio and spend an hour talking about his favorite music, and even better, PLAYING his favorite music. I got to tag along, and being no fool brought my camera.