Monday, December 19, 2005

Jerry's Tiger Guitar in the Sports Page

Jerry's famous 'Tiger" guitar is owned by Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts football team. He also owns the manuscript of "On the Road." This weekend, The New York Times did a little story about him, which mentions his "classic rock" influences.

"I consider myself a really serious businessman, but I think big business can have big heart. My influence from people like John Lennon and others growing up, my feeling is that you can be a lot of different things. People like John Lennon, Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan had a huge influence, their beliefs, the way Lennon was a guy who took it to far lengths in terms of the peace movement."

The Tiger was part of a legal dispute after Jerry died. Jerry bequeathed his guitar collection to guitar maker Doug Irwin in his will, but members of the Dead considered them to be part of the band's property. As part of a January 2002 settlement, Irwin received Wolf and Tiger.
Irwin, left destitute by a 1998 traffic accident, decided to sell the guitars to re-establish a guitar workshop, Ettinger said.

Irsay bought the guitar through an auction.

Last year, Irsay had a cash flow problem due to the NFL's salary caps. "I had to sell off some personal assets," said Irsay. "I was looking closely at Jerry Garcia's 'Tiger' guitar, but I couldn't part with it."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

well-looks like your no longer undefeated-right Jer-HaHa!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today I was sorry to hear James Dungy Son of Coach Tony Dungy died suddenly.Although I kidded in the above post I'm serious when I ask whomever reads this to pray for Tony Dungy and his Family. Jerry- if you're listening- show the kid around.

Thursday, December 22, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its a shame that such a great guitar now resides with such a rotten family. Jim Ersay was handed the football team by his drunken father Bob to run. Jim Ersay grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth and possibly up his rear end as well. I love the Dead and I hope that one day the guitar will work its way out of that terrible family. GO RAVENS!

Monday, March 22, 2010  

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