Wednesday, February 21, 2007

News Briefs 02/21/07

Well, I was away for a few, and now I got some catchin' up to do!

Kantner On Garcia
Robert Tacker alerted me to an upcoming broadcast of an interview with Paul Kantner that he says has lots of Jerry content. From the Radio Memeworks blog:

"To celebrate this and to kick off our year long celebration of the magic that was that pivotal year in the evolution of music, we offer up SteveSilberman's fantastic 2005 interview with Paul Kantner. It originally aired on KPFA in Berkeley, CA during David Gans's Dead To The World. We are indebted to David for providing these discs.

Airs this Saturday, 2/24/07 at 9PM PST, immediately following the Grateful Dead Hour, hosted by David Gans."

More info here

Other Commitments

Here’s part of Paul Liberatore’s article about the Grammys that I didn’t quote last week:

"'You Better Have a Good Excuse' Libby will be mailed to Bob Weir and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead for not showing up in person or via video to accept their lifetime achievement award. I was a little worried about Phil, who recently had prostate cancer surgery, but his office assures me that he's doing great. He just had "other commitments" that night. Weir was performing up the coast in Ventura with RatDog."


About the Term “Jamband”

And on the topic of the Grammys, Allen Ostroy of wrote a piece about the “J-Word” after the Dead were called the “Mother of all Jambands” It’s an interesting article in which Mr. Ostroy asks “When are we going to start feeling comfortable with calling and being called Jamband?”


Rock Scully Speaks

A strangely short article at ends with the line “Former manager of the Grateful Dead, Rock Scully pointed out that communal farms, organic gardening and recycling all came out of the 60s.”


Young Heads

Kate Adams, 17, of New York City and Rhiya Trivedi, 16, of Toronto talk about their love of great record albums in the Concord Monitor. At one point they discuss up the Dead:

"Kate: People just aren't used to listening to the 12-minute songs.

Rhiya: Song ADD is a big thing. I've been using the term for a while. I'm not sure who came up with it, really, but it's probably the best way to describe it. Grateful Dead jams for, like, 30 minutes, I'm good. You don't stop in the middle of Dead concerts.

Kate: That's, like, sacrilegious.

Rhiya: I don't think any song is worth cutting off, 12 minutes or 2 minutes. You gotta listen to it the way it was meant to be, in its entirety."

And a little bit later:

"Kate: I like the revolutionary spirit (of the '60s and '70s).

Rhiya: People were a lot more optimistic back then. They were a lot more open. Everything was new every day.

Phil Lesh, the bassist for the Grateful Dead, wrote a book called Searching for the Sound about the Grateful Dead and their journey. The first 100 pages were about San Francisco in the '70s, and I wanted to be there with all my heart.

Kate: I think that's one of the reasons I listen to albums. I love that time period, and I sometimes wish I could be back in there. It gives it another connection once you're listening to albums.

Rhiya: (I'd live back then) in a second.

Kate: In a heartbeat."

Nader & Weir

"While speculating about whether Nader will run again, Michael Hussey blogged about the time when Bobby spoke out about the former Presidential Candidate at a Ratdog show:

Nader has a history of doing things that he knows pisses people off. Former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir has met Nader.

The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir is pleading with Deadheads everywhere not to vote for Ralph Nader. Performing on Saturday in Boston, Weir told the band's followers to be sure to vote, but then exorted, "Don't vote for Nader. I know him. He's an a--hole," our spies tell us. The band then broke into "Johnny B. Goode," a theme song of the Kerry-Edwards campaign ..."

The quote came from a 2004 article in the New York Daily News


Dennis Larkins Art Show

The La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles is featuring art by Dennis Larkins. Their website says “A refugee of the Kansas Bible Belt, Dennis Larkins has lived life on the front lines of radical times, emerging from Grateful Dead artist to a chronicler of skewed and alternative realities” and shows some of his work."

“From the Grateful Dead to Disney,” Dennis Larkins’ art can be seen at:

Links thanks to

The Relix Empire Expands

The famous blog Huffington Post had this little Newsbrief:

"Current Relix owner and Grateful Dead fan Steve Bernstein adds Metal Edge and Metal Maniacs to his roster: If Jerry is indeed still alive, we can't wait to read his views on The Haunted and Dark Tranquility joining forces with Into Eternity and Scar Symmetry for their upcoming tour. [FishbowlNY]"

To know what that blurb is talking about, you can read the press release at

Need Tunes?

In this space, every Monday, you will find information on the recorded history of the Grateful Dead ’s music as it pertains to that week, specifically focusing on the shows for that week, through the band’s 30 year performing history, that reside in the Grateful Dead’s storied tape vault."

Grateful Dead Business Sense

There have been quite a few articles lately that use the Dead as a positive example for businesses and corporations. The latest was in a Paul Williams article at

"Although we don’t normally think of them as a company, the Grateful Dead sustained its revenues for decades building an experience that connected with its fans’ desire for oneness. Similarly, organizations that connects their members into nature or a broader sense of the world and are capable of evoking a meaning of oneness."

Raspy Bob

A blurb over at says:

"Bob Weir & Ratdog: A guitarist and raspy-voiced vocalist, as well as a founding member of the Grateful Dead, Weir has been touring with Ratdog since Jerry Garcia died in 1995. He started as a rhythm guitarist but now plays a classic blues slide. Ratdog performs Weir's song list from the blues to his psychedelic and rock Grateful Dead classics."

The 1980 Warfield Poster is by Dennis Larkins and can be found at with many other cool posters


Blogger Mark said...

"Rock Scully Speaks"

Apparently, Scully never heard of Helen and Scott Nearing.

Saturday, February 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't vote for Weir- he's an a-hole too!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007  

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