I have to keep this short as this week is, for me, one of the busier work weeks and that, sadly, limits the time I can commit to waxing endlessly about my love of the music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. So, as I’ve been doing all week, I’ll let Garcia speak for himself. Along with another. Grateful Dead biographer and all around terrific Dead-Head, Blair Jackson, who just wrote a piece over at Dead.net about the fact that Jerry was, most certainly, the driving creative force behind the Grateful Dead, but he wasn’t, in and of himself, the Grateful Dead. Grateful Dead was a collection of supremely talented musicians who had a very special and rare connection. And while Garcia’s mood could dictate a good night from a not-so-good night, he was still part of a whole. And that’s just the way he wanted it.
Here is a link to Blair Jackson’s recent post IWAAJ, OR WAS IT? Followed by two clips of Garcia discussing the notion of musicians versus “names” “celebrities” “stars.” I think, between the two of them, Jerry and Blair say it all.