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.
Graphic designer Masaki Koike pulls out all the stops to make beautiful boxed sets. He's even got a Grammy to prove it! Get to know the award-winning artist who's seamlessly blended the Grateful Dead's classic iconography with contemporary finishings to bring you what is truly a work of, well, art.
Let’s start by taking a look at your history as an artist...when you got started, how you got started, and your influences.
You are probably already familiar with Grateful Dead scribe Steve Silberman. He's written countless essays and liner notes and even co-authored a book on the Dead, not to mention his co-producer credit on the must-have boxed set So Many Roads (1965-1995). But what do you really know about the man who so eloquently delivers the spirit of Spring '77 to this release?
Chances are, if you’ve been a Dead Head since the 1990s, you likely encountered artist Timothy Truman’s work at some point. He is probably best-known in our insular little universe for his many bold, colorful and creative comic book-style interpretations of Grateful Dead songs that were printed in Kitchen Sink Press’ Grateful Dead Comix in the early ’90s, and thereafter in the beloved Grateful Dead Almanac (where they appear to this day).
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