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Deadheads Unite To Prevent Jerry Garcia Amphitheater Name Change

May 3rd, 2013 6:49pm EDT
Jerry Garcia
Grateful Dead fans have united in a bid to stop plans to change the name of a California theatre dedicated to Jerry Garcia.

In 2005, The Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in San Francisco was named in honor of the musician but city officials are now considering proposals to change the title and bring in a sponsor to give the venue an economic boost.

Nonetheless, plans to call the theater the Levitt Pavilion San Francisco at Jerry Garcia Meadows have been met with resistance from Grateful Dead fans, who have launched a crusade to keep the singer's memorial intact.

An online petition has garner...
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Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday Commemorated With New David Crosby Poem

August 1st, 2012 9:11pm EDT
Jerry Garcia
Crosby Stills & Nash star David Crosby has marked what would have been pal Jerry Garcia's 70th birthday with a poem.

The rocker will read "Cause I'm Missing Jerry Tonight" during a show at Bob Weir's venue in San Rafael, California on Friday.

The heartfelt poem reads:

Cause I'm missing him tonight

If I had to pick one of us to speak for us all
He would have done the job well
Coming from some crazy angle
He'd have known which story to tell
he'd tell the truth about real music
he knew the truth long before he fell

His fingers would touch his guitar neck
My axe would be pressed to my ...
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Jerry Garcia's Personal Belongings To Go Under The Hammer

March 15th, 2012 3:18pm EDT
Jerry Garcia
Grateful Dead star Jerry Garcia's belongings, instruments and handwritten set lists are to be put up for auction in California this spring.

Auction house Bonhams will sell off the hit-maker's personal effects as part of the Visions of Garcia event in San Francisco on May 8th.

The collection will feature Garcia's drums, amplifiers, sunglasses, artistic sketchbooks and even his 1983 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Other hot ticket items include an acoustic Takamine guitar, valued at upwards of $100,000, and a landscape oil painting created by the icon, which is expected to fetch $150,000.
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Grateful Dead Exhibit Coming To The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

January 20th, 2012 8:46am EST
Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead's career will be the focus of an upcoming tribute exhibition at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

The show will feature memorabilia including guitars, handwritten notes and Mickey Hart's custom-painted drum kit.

The exhibition, due to open in April, will be launched with a special event featuring a performance by The Mickey Hart Band.

Museum vice president Jim Henke, says, "In a 30-year career, this group wrote their own rules and created a community unlike any band before or since."

The group officially disbanded in 1995 following the d...
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Jerry Garcia Documentary In The Works

January 6th, 2012 2:16pm EST
Jerry Garcia
The Grateful Dead star Jerry Garcia is to be the subject of a new musical documentary.

Filmmaker Malcolm Leo and veteran manager John Hartmann have secured the music rights to the band's extensive catalogue and they are teaming up to shoot a feature-length film about the late rocker.

The project will center around a three-hour conversation Leo conducted with Garcia in 1987. It will also contain never-before-seen performances and rare home movies, according to Deadline.com.

The film, which is set for a spring release, will also feature a rare interview with Garcia's eldest daughter, An...
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Grateful Dead's Massive 72-Disc 'Europe 72' Set Sells Out Months Before Release

March 9th, 2011 10:27pm EST
Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead’s monumental boxed set EUROPE ’72: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS has sold out of the 7200 individually numbered, limited edition version just weeks after it was first announced. The dead.net exclusive release documents the Dead’s momentous 1972 European tour, arguably the band’s greatest, with over 70 hours of music featuring every note recorded during the 22-show jaunt. The now sold out limited edition version comes housed in a replica steamer trunk reminiscent of the ones prevalently used at the time. Along with the music, a vast majority of which is previously unreleased, ...
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Buy Jerry Garica's Home For $4 Million

September 21st, 2010 8:51am EDT
Jerry Garcia
The last home Grateful Dead star Jerry Garcia lived in before he died is on the market for $4 million.

The musician served as lead guitarist and vocalist of the group before his tragic death in 1995.

And now fans of the star will have the chance to live in his last property, an 11-acre estate near San Francisco, California, which boasts a solar-heated pool and an organic garden.
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Jerry Garcia's Estate Refuses To Release Songs For Movie

August 5th, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Jerry Garcia
A movie based on the life of Grateful Dead star Jerry Garcia has been thrown into jeopardy after the late rocker's estate refused producers permission to feature the rocker's music.

The guitarist, who passed away in 1995, is the focus of a new film which will tell the story of his rise to fame. It is based on Robert Greenfield's book Dark Star: An Oral History of Jerry Garcia and will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev.

However, the executors of Garcia's estate and the band's Grateful Dead Productions have distanced themselves from the project and denied a request for Garcia's songs to be feat...
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Unexpected, Untimely And Shocking Deaths In Music

July 1st, 2009 11:15am EDT
Shocking music deaths
Heart attacks. Plane crashes. Car crashes. Drug overdoses. Murder. Over the years, these have become some of the most common causes of the often shocking deaths in the music industry. On a lighter note, some might argue that even ham sandwiches have been involved.

Regardless of the cause, take a look back at these musical icons that have left us way, way, way too soon - yet have left us with legacies that will live on forever. The majority of these deaths, in addition to being sudden and shocking, were in some way either ironic or just completely messed up. Rock on...

Michael Jackso...
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Two New Grateful Dead Music Collections Out April 7

March 24th, 2009 7:00pm EDT
Grateful Dead
Pinpointing the creative zenith of the Grateful Dead's career would be a challenge fit for even Sisyphus. That said, one could do a lot worse than looking to the fabled spring tour of 1977, long considered by Dead Heads as the very best. During a remarkable 26 shows in 37 days, the Dead played with unparalleled energy, wit, passion and power -- a band at the very top of its game. The tour ended on a euphoric note May 28 at the Hartford Civic Center in Connecticut, where the band previewed several tracks from its soon-to-be-released ninth studio album Terrapin Station.

Listening Par...
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Grateful Dead Alums Plan First Tour In 5 Years

January 3rd, 2009 9:00am EST
Grateful Dead
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It looks like the old Dead are gettin' on. Surviving members of the Grateful Dead say they'll regroup for a 19-city tour, their first since 2004, beginning April 12 in Greensboro, N.C.

The group, which now just calls itself The Dead, announced its plans Thursday.

Original band members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann have toured sporadically since the 1995 death of guitarist Jerry Garcia, but struggled to get along personally and artistically. They told Rolling Stone in November that they've worked out their differences, aided by a successful...
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Music Biopics: What's Been Done, What's In The Works, & What We Want

September 19th, 2008 9:07am EDT
Walk the Line
The biopic is a longstanding Hollywood tradition. There are the big budget epics like the now infamous Elizabeth Taylor vehicle "Cleopatra," David Lean's masterpiece, "Lawrence of Arabia," or Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi." Then there are the smaller pictures chronicling the equally gripping stories of those less celebrated. Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of the Irish cerebral palsy painter, Christy Brown in "My Left Foot," or Bill Condon's 2004 film "Kinsey" about human sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey come to mind.

In recent years, thanks in part to the wide success of the films "Ray...
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Concord Music Group Unveils New Section Devoted To Rarities And Collectibles

June 26th, 2008 8:30pm EDT
Jerry Garcia
With labels such as Fantasy, Specialty, Prestige and Stax, the scope of the Concord Music Group catalog is as deep and eclectic as your beloved public radio station left of the dial and as vast as the greatest neighborhood indie store. The quandary now is where to go to find a collection of Jerry Garcia’s oeuvre with Merl Saunders or to find Soultrane on vinyl without having to take out a second mortgage. Well, record collecting has just turned a corner.

Concord Music Group welcomes you to The Collector’s Corner.

Break out those lists of the obscure, out of print and the monophoni...
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Concord Music Group Unveils New Section Devoted To Rarities And Collectibles

June 24th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Jerry Garcia
With labels such as Fantasy, Specialty, Prestige and Stax, the scope of the Concord Music Group catalog is as deep and eclectic as your beloved public radio station left of the dial and as vast as the greatest neighborhood indie store. The quandary now is where to go to find a collection of Jerry Garcia’s oeuvre with Merl Saunders or to find Soultrane on vinyl without having to take out a second mortgage. Well, record collecting has just turned a corner.

Concord Music Group welcomes you to The Collector’s Corner.

Break out those lists of the obscure, out of print and the monophoni...
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The Best Songs About Girls From A To Z, Part 2

February 1st, 2008 1:49pm EST
David Bowie
Here's part two of the best songs about girls with every letter of the alphabet, regardless of whether or not the subject of the song is the same as the title. There were two considerations in making the list: How good the song is versus how cool the chick sounds. See A to M here, and check out N to Z:

N: Darling Nikki by Prince because, if you will recall, all her masturbating with a magazine got Tipper Gore's panties all in a bunch, which in turn prompted the Explicit Lyrics stickers.

O: Ophelia by The Band. Pretty cool song, but mostly because there weren't many "O's."

P:...
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Starpulse Q&A: Les Claypool's Quest for Electric Apricot

November 2nd, 2007 3:09pm EDT
Les Claypool
As the front man of Primus, Les Claypool's sense of humor has always been on display, and it takes center stage in National Lampoon Presents Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo. Written, directed, and starring Claypool, the film chronicles the journey of Electric Apricot, a jam band recording its first album and hoping to perform at Festeroo, a popular music festival. As outrageous as the situations that the band faces may be, Claypool explains that everything was grounded in his own experiences as an entertainer. Suddenly fame isn't as glamorous if it means having severed hog limbs thrown...
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Mickey Hart & Zakir Hussain Reunite 15 Years After Grammy-Winning 'Planet Drum' With 'Global Drum Project'

August 1st, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Mickey Hart
Over three decades as the innovative percussion engine of the Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart's ear for global sounds brought numerous unpredictable guests to the Dead's stage performances.

Hart's 1991 release Planet Drum was the natural outgrowth of this adventure, showcasing his gift as a supreme catalyst in convening the world's finest percussion talent for a dazzling collaboration - including Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, who is an international phenomenon in his own right. Zakir began his career as a child prodigy has gone on to win many awards, founded his own record label Mome...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 1

August 1st, 2007 3:00am EDT
Jerry Garcia
Happy Birthday to MTV! (1981); O-Town singer Ashley Parker Angel (1981), Avenged Sevenfold musician M. Shadows (1981), Arizona Cardinals running back Edgerrin James (1978), "The Cosby Show" actress Tempestt Bledsoe (1973), film director Sam Mendes (1965), rapper Coolio (1963), Public Enemy rapper Chuck D (1960), Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott (1959), musician Robert Cray (1953), Grateful Dead guitarist/singer Jerry Garcia (1942; d. 1995), actor/comedian Dom DeLuise (1933), Moby Dick author Herman Melville (1819; d. 1889), and explorer William Clark (1770; d. 1838).
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Rhino Unlocks The Grateful Dead Vault With The Long-Delayed 'Three From The Vault'

July 4th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Grateful Dead
If you want to understand why people obsess over live Grateful Dead recordings, the historic From The Vault series of releases holds the answer. The story begins in 1991 when the band quietly and unintentionally launched a musical revolution with back-to-back live concert releases, One From the Vault and Two from The Vault. These superior-quality recordings of fan-favorite shows not only delighted Deadheads everywhere, but also inspired artists like Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam to eventually follow suit with releases of their own classic concerts.

Setting a gold standard by whic...
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Grateful Dead Release Historic 1976 New Year's Eve Show On Three-Disc HDCD Jan. 23

January 10th, 2007 11:27am EST
Grateful Dead
Habital listeners of the Grateful Dead's live recordings are known for their ability to identify the year of a performance by listening to just a few notes. But for even the most "dead"icated listener, the band's 1976 New Year's Eve concert presents a genuine challenge. Rarely does any Dead show display the essence of several distinct periods of their sound, but this release contains the best elements of three or four clearly defined eras, and the sum of the parts adds up to one of the most interesting and inspired concerts of the band's 30-year performing career. The Grateful Dead and Rhin...
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Concert.TV And Relix Magazine Celebrate Jammuary

January 4th, 2007 11:51am EST
Phish
Relix, the magazine for music, and Concert.TV, the only television network dedicated to live music performances and documentaries, kick off the new year by kicking out the jams. Re-christening January "Jammuary," these two powerhouses in live music come together for the ultimate music television experience. Concert.TV is airing all the jamtasitc greats as determined by the Relix editorial staff, including Phish, Widespread Panic, Jerry Garcia Band, The Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule.

"Jam bands are among the biggest live attractions--consistently outperforming other forms of music...
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Grateful Dead, The Doors, Joan Baez & More To Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

December 20th, 2006 4:03pm EST
Grateful Dead
Recipients of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical Grammy Award were announced today. Joan Baez, Booker T. & The MG's, Maria Callas, Ornette Coleman, The Doors, the Grateful Dead and Bob Wills will receive The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. Estelle Axton, Cosimo Matassa and Stephen Sondheim will be honored with The Academy's Trustees Award. David M. Smith and Yamaha Corporation have been named recipients of the Technical GRAMMY Award.

"This year's group of accomplished honorees are as diverse as they are influential as creators of the most re...
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Joan Osborne To Release "Pretty Little Stranger," Nov. 14

November 7th, 2006 8:00pm EST
Joan Osborne
Recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy winner, Steve Buckingham, "Pretty Little Stranger" highlights the soulful sound of Joan Osborne with elements of country blues and Americana. This 12 song collection features six original tunes written by Joan including the first single, "Who Divided", "Shake That Devil", "After Jane" and the title track and also compositions by Kris Kristofferson ("Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends"), Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter ("Brokedown Palace") and Patty Griffin ("What You Are").

Joan stated, "I would call this my version of a country record -- ...
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Second Disc Of Live Cuts Highlights "The Very Best Of Jerry Garcia," Due Sept. 26; Listen Here!

September 19th, 2006 8:00pm EDT
Jerry Garcia
Acoustic or electric, solo or side project; Jerry Garcia was prolific during his breaks from the Grateful Dead. Between 1972 and 1982, Garcia recorded five historic studio albums and jammed with a revolving cast of musicians in the Jerry Garcia Band. Rhino/J. Garcia Records salute the rich talents of an incomparable music icon with the first-ever compilation spotlighting Garcia's solo work. Highlights from his five solo studio records provide the foundation of the first disc, while the second disc serves as a comprehensive compilation of seminal solo performances dating from the early '70s...
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Willie Nelson Talks About Working With Ryan Adams On "Songbird," Due Oct. 31

September 19th, 2006 5:30pm EDT
Willie Nelson
"It's a different sound than any other album I've ever made," says Willie Nelson. He's talking about Songbird, his new release for Lost Highway, produced by the young prolific singer/songwriter Ryan Adams. "It's more electric, there's more rhythm and more production. That's all because of Ryan, his band, and his ideas."

"I knew our coming together was going to be something different," Nelson continues. "We came from extremely different places, and we didn't always agree. But it was an experiment, and now that it's done, I think it's real strong."

Songbird charts new territory for ...
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Willie Nelson's 'Songbird' Drops Oct. 31

August 17th, 2006 12:13pm EDT
Willie Nelson
On October 31, Lost Highway will release "Songbird," the new album from the legendary Willie Nelson. "Songbird" was produced by Ryan Adams and recorded with Adams and The Cardinals on all 11 tracks, along with Nelson's longtime harmonica master Mickey Raphael.

"Songbird" includes a diverse range of covers, including Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," Gram Parsons' "$1000 Wedding," Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter's "Stella Blue" and the gorgeous title track written by Christine McVie, which originally appeared on Fleetwood Mac's landmark album Rumours.

Nelson and Adams each penned a new so...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 1

August 1st, 2006 3:00am EDT
Jerry Garcia
Happy Birthday to MTV! (1981); O-Town singer Ashley Parker Angel (1981), Avenged Sevenfold musician M. Shadows (1981), Arizona Cardinals running back Edgerrin James (1978), "The Cosby Show" actress Tempestt Bledsoe (1973), film director Sam Mendes (1965), rapper Coolio (1963), Public Enemy rapper Chuck D (1960), Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott (1959), musician Robert Cray (1953), Grateful Dead guitarist/singer Jerry Garcia (1942; d. 1995), actor/comedian Dom DeLuise (1933), Moby Dick author Herman Melville (1819; d. 1889), and explorer William Clark (1770; d. 1838).
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The Everyone Orchestra 'Conducts' First "Mini-Tour," July 13-16; Features Steve Kimock

June 22nd, 2006 10:00pm EDT
The Everyone Orchestra
The Everyone Orchestra, an interactive improvisational experience known for its' benefit shows and festival superjams, is hitting the road for a short tour. The four Northern California dates will include feature guitar superstar Steve Kimock with conductor Matt Butler, guitarist Chris Haugen (Axis Brothers), Zilla's Jamie Janover, Mojow and the Vibration Army and more.

Traditionally, the composition of the Orchestra is a revolving roster of all-star artists, and the impetus for the tour - four dates with the same cast, has evolved out of numerous one off dates when the cast of mus...
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Van Halen Frontmen Plan To Unite For Space Rock Mission

January 28th, 2006 11:58am EST
David Lee Roth
Estranged Van Halen singers David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar are set to reunite - in space.

The two rockers have been invited to be part of extraterrestrial research expert Michael Luckman's hotly-anticipated Signal to Space Concert in 2007.

Luckman, the author of "Alien Rock: The Rock 'n' Roll Extraterrestrial Connection," is approaching music icons who display intergalactic sympathies, including Yes keyboard supremo Rick Wakeman, Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia** and David Bowie.

The concert will beam a message of peace to outer space - and it may even bring harmony to the...
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