Wednesday, August 10, 2005

CBS San Francisco remembers Jerry

From CBS5:

Garcia's Legacy Lives On With The Grateful Dead

Jeffrey Schaub Reporting

Web Extra: The Dead On The Web

(CBS 5) It's been ten years since Jerry Garcia played his last gig, and many at the time believed his death would be the end of the Grateful Dead. But today Garcia's legacy and that of his amazing band mates live on in a studio in Marin. Its location is a secret to everyone but a handful of dedicated deadheads. We watched as recording engineer Jeff Norman, who has worked with the band for 30 years, restored a tape from one of the Dead's historic concerts at the Fillmore West in 1969. It will be released as a 10-disc boxed set this fall. We asked Norman if he thought ten years ago -- Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack in August of 1995 -- that he would still be doing this work for the Dead."I'm amazed," he said. "I thought maybe when Jerry died, everything changed."But Dead fans have a seemingly endless appetite for the band's music. And we got a look at the mother lode -- the vault that is home to 13,000 of the Dead's live and studio recordings, including over 8000 videotapes. The room is so secret, so guarded, only one key exists in the world. David Lemieux is the Dead's archivist."What's in the vault is really the band's legacy," said Lemieux. "These tapes that we keep releasing as these beautiful-sounding archival releases Jeffrey records in the next room, the DVDs -- this is what keeps it going and keeps the interest going."The interest has spawned a worldwide empire in recordings, videos, t-shirts, neckties, and more. Bob Minken has been photographing the band since he was in high school. Today, he's in charge of designing and packaging new Dead recordings, including the upcoming 10-CD release."It's part of people's youth and life," said Minken. "It's a big chunk of some people's lives, and it was the background for their lives. Some of the best times they may have had in their lives -- when they met the person they wound up marrying, when they ended up traveling."Today surviving bandmembers Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann have their own bands with their own sounds and their own fans. But for Dead fans the rush to own a piece of musical history is eternal."I'm surprised that ten years later there is still a great interest for a band that doesn't tour. It used to be that was their mainstay -- touring," said Lemieux. "Ten years later we are still here because people want to get some bit of that music."


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