Chris Hayes, Bill Keller and Understanding What The Romney/Ryan Ticket Really Means


It’s been both scary and incredibly frustrating watching so many Americans vote against their own well-being and the well-being of their neighbors. But it’s far from surprising: 8 years of George W. Bush, the rise of Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, even Ronald Reagan being considered one of our “great” presidents… There is a portionContinue reading “Chris Hayes, Bill Keller and Understanding What The Romney/Ryan Ticket Really Means”

Just Heading Out: That Fateful Day in ’95


Blair Jackson in his recent Golden Road Blog over at Dead.net asked the question “Where were you when you heard the news?” This was my answer: August 9, 1995. I was home and getting ready to head out the door for work when my phone rang. It was my friend Randy from back east (IContinue reading “Just Heading Out: That Fateful Day in ’95”

Jerry Garcia Week 2012 Day 9: Death Don’t Have No Mercy


As another week of celebrating Jerry’s birth and mourning Jerry’s death comes to a close, it seems appropriate to spend a little time in both the dark and light. DEATH DON’T HAVE NO MERCY was a song the Grateful Dead played early in their career. It vanished for a while, but was then resurrected inContinue reading “Jerry Garcia Week 2012 Day 9: Death Don’t Have No Mercy”

Jerry Garcia Week 2012 Day 8: Hornsby Resurrects


After the sudden death of longtime Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland, Bruce Hornsby offered his temporary services to the band until they found and trained someone to be their new permanent keyboardist. Jerry always seemed jazzed when guests sat in with the band and Hornby’s presence really seemed to thrill and inspire Garcia and, asContinue reading “Jerry Garcia Week 2012 Day 8: Hornsby Resurrects”

Missed the MOVE ME BRIGHTLY Jerry Garcia 70th Birthday Celebration? Watch it now…


Missed “Move Me Brightly” Bob Weir’s musical celebration of Jerry’s 70th at TRI the other night? Well here it is. Sadly, it’s missing the interviews at the intro, but the live performance is here and intact. I thought some of it was good, some of it rather awkward. A bit of a mish-mash of energiesContinue reading “Missed the MOVE ME BRIGHTLY Jerry Garcia 70th Birthday Celebration? Watch it now…”

Jerry Garcia Week 2012 Day 7: Ram Dass Remembers


Spiritual teacher and author of the influential book Be Here Now, Ram Dass was also a firm believer in the spiritual power and energy encompassed and shared by the Grateful Dead and, even more specifically, channeled through the soul and spirit of Jerry Garcia, whom Ram Dass considered to be a bodhisattva. Garcia, of course, neverContinue reading “Jerry Garcia Week 2012 Day 7: Ram Dass Remembers”

Jerry Garcia Week 2012 Day 6: David Crosby & The Perro Sessions


Perro, or Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra, was the name given to the group of musicians who played, recorded and jammed together in the early 70’s. They were, essentially, members of Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Their first album together, Blows Against The Empire, was released, not as the PlanetContinue reading “Jerry Garcia Week 2012 Day 6: David Crosby & The Perro Sessions”

Jerry Garcia Week 2012 Day 5: Talk to me, David…


Jerry Garcia and David Grisman played together on and off for many years and in many different incarnations. The last –and one of the most beloved– was as Grateful Dawg, with Jerry on acoustic guitar and David on mandolin. It was a coming together of hearts and minds that simply couldn’t be beat. The musicContinue reading “Jerry Garcia Week 2012 Day 5: Talk to me, David…”

Jerry Garcia Week 2012 Day 4: Garcia Live Arrives


Well, it looks like after many years offline, the Jerry Garcia Store is back up and running with a pre-order for a new series of live recording releases starting with the Jerry Garcia Band live at the Capital Theatre in Passaic NJ from March 1, 1980. The lineup back then was John Kahn on bass (ofContinue reading “Jerry Garcia Week 2012 Day 4: Garcia Live Arrives”

Jerry Garcia Week 2012 Day 3: Move Me Brightly


A quick reminder that the Dead family are gathering today at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios to create a free webcast Tribute to Jerry Garcia and a celebration of what would have been Garcia’s 70th birthday. It starts at either 6 or 6:30 PM PST (both times have been listed on their site, so “arrive” earlyContinue reading “Jerry Garcia Week 2012 Day 3: Move Me Brightly”