From the Civil Rights and Counterculture movements to the Mets' dugout, Bob Marley's Jamaica, Martha's Vineyard timeless beauty, and beyond, photographer Peter Simon has witnessed countless once-in-a-lifetime moments (sounds like an oxymoron, we know) and captured some extraordinary events and human beings. But none enlivened him, on a personal and professional level, quite like being around the Grateful Dead and its entourage.
There's a fair chance you might not have heard of American cartoonist Paul Pope, but like the superheroes he brings to life, he's been steadily rising up from anonymity for well over 20 years now. From Manga-inspired graphic novels to world-renowned names (ahem Batman!), he’s now bringing his talent to the Grateful Dead. Learn more about the Eisner Award-winning artist and his work on JULY 1978: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS below.
We're extremely pleased to introduce Justin Helton as our Dave's Picks 2016 artist-in-residence. The Knoxville, Tennessee-based designer has been tinkering around in the arts since his high school days, parlaying his skills into a printmaking business that has created works for a veritable who's who in the extended Grateful Dead family.
On occasion we come across a Grateful Dead family member who's been behind-the-scenes yet with us all along. Neal Casal is just that. From first checking out the band live in the 80's to jamming with Phil Lesh And Friends and scoring the Bob Weir documentary, it seems Casal was a natural choice to step into the spotlight as part of the special musical task force (Circles Around The Sun) formed to contribute to the 50th anniversary celebrations.
You may have heard us mention music scribe Jesse Jarnow's name a few times over this past year. He's contributed liner notes to the Dave's Picks series, mapped out Grateful Dead "monuments" for Chicago concert-goers, and put together an astoundingly complete list of the band's entire repertoire for our 30 Trips Around The Sun release.
Justin Kreutzmann was born into the highly creative if unconventional world of the Grateful Dead. So it comes as no surprise that when his dad gave him a Super-8 film camera back in 1977, his path was set for life. Find out more about Justin's work as a documentarian, what bands he'd love to work with, and of course, what life was like growing up Dead in this edition of All In The Family.
We're proud to add acclaimed visual artist Kyle Field to the list of gifted folks who work so hard to carry on the spirit of the Grateful Dead's iconic imagery - not to mention their musical legacy. Get to know the all around multi-talented fellow who designed the original artwork for Hampton '79 in an exclusive video and interview.
To call it a labor of love would be an understatement. Sunshine Daydream producer Sam Field, constricted by budget limitations and a skeleton crew (not to mention that sweltering heat), managed to not only capture what might be the Grateful Dead's opus but also the essence of their whole scene. And then he had to wait patiently (as did you) for 40 years until the elements aligned to bring you this very special release.
Grammy Award-winning artist Steve Vance is a veteran when it comes to designing memorable packages. He's also been on Team Dead for quite some time, lending visual direction to classic collections like Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings and Spring 1990: So Glad You Made It. Learn more about some of his favorite projects and sources of inspiration here.
From one-of-a-kind t-shirts to custom-ordered backdrops for the Grateful Dead at the Greek, Courtenay Pollock's unique tie-dyes literally and figuratively made the scene in the 70s and 80s. So entranced were we by his "origami on cloth," we enlisted him to bring symmetry to our Sunshine Daydream box. Get to know the extraordinary artist in this exclusive video and view some of his greatest and latest creations in the gallery below.