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  • Jerry Garcia Band
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    Alex Walker 25 April, 2001 Period 1 Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead Rock Legends of the 60's and 70's Walker 2 Jerry Garcia's life was filled with wonderful things, many of which he never expected in the first place. After an almost fatal heroin overdose in 1986", Garcia philosophically stated, ' I'm 45 years old, I'm ready for anything, I didn't even plan on living this long so all this shit is just add-on stuff. ' " ("Garcia") This attitude shows why Garcia did all of the things he did and ...
  • Rose Just Like Jack And Jill Mama
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    Who can say where the prose comes from that flow from the pens of the author's of the Grateful Dead's lyrics Careful listening reveals a strong tendency toward the ancient form of the nursery rhyme. From Robert Hunter's first lyric for the band Alligator (Hunter 6), in which he echoes Old King Cole (Gould 143), to John Perry Barlow's Throwing Stones (Dodd), nursery rhymes have provided both text and rhythm, and seem to fit well into the playful sound of the Dead. The rhythm of nursery rhyme pres...
  • Places At Grateful Dead Show
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    The culture of Grateful Dead fans is a recognized subculture in American society. The definition of a subculture is a religious, economic, or regional etc. group identified by shared patterns of behavior which differ from those of the surrounding culture (1). The Grateful Dead fans are called and call themselves Deadheads. The Deadhead subculture uses language to express the tone of the culture. The culture is a culture with a strong sense of community. This is tied into the lyrics of the Gratef...
  • Garcia And The Dead
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    Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead Jerome John Garcia was born in 1942, in San Francisco's Mission District. His father, a spanish immigrant named Jose 'Joe' Garcia, had been a jazz clarinetist and Dixieland bandleader in the thirties, and he named his new son after his favorite Broadway composer, Jerome Kern. In the spring of 1948, while on a fishing trip, Garcia saw his father swept to his death by a California river. After his father's death, Garcia spent a few years living with his mother's ...
  • Garcia And The Grateful Dead
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    Throughout the years The Grateful Dead was forced to overcome many obstacles to arrive at the point in which they are today. In San Francisco, on August 1, 1942, Jerome John Garcia was born. This marked the beginning of a long strange trip (Mokrzycki 4) Jose Garcia, Jerome's father named his son after his favorite Broadway musical composer, Jerome Kern. Tired of the name Jerome, Jose and his family began to call him Jerry. Garcia was surrounded by music as a child. His father would play him to s...
  • Grateful Dead's Live Performances
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    I have chosen to do my report on the Grateful Dead. They were a rock and roll band from the sixties that stayed popular and still influenced rock and roll until 1995 when the lead singer, Jerry Garcia, died and the band dissolved. The Dead remained popular for so long because of the style of their live concerts that made people keep coming back. In 1959 when Jerry Garcia was thrown out of the army, he picked up his guitar and started playing music with his friend Robert Hunter. Robert Hunter wou...
  • Word Hippie And Dead Head
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    What a long strange trip it has been was the theme from my graduation last year. The only reason that I am telling you that is because that is a classic quote from the leader of the band, Grateful Dead. And if you stop and think about it, it makes complete sense. Life seems to be this strange trip and we are all on this same boat. Jerry Garcia was a great musician, and also a poet. Everything that he said either in his music or through his guitar, which some people would argue that its the great...
  • Dead's Music
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    Throughout history there have been many musical 'influences'. One extremely important influence to modern music is The Grateful Dead. The group was formed in 1965 by bluegrass - enthusiast Jerry Garcia on guitar and vocals, Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan on vocals and organ, Bob Weir on guitar and vocals, classical music student Phil Lesh on bass and vocals, and Bill Kreutzmann on drums. From the beginning, they brought together a variety of influences, from Garcia's country background to Pigpen's feelin...
  • 1973 A Letter From Grateful Dead Records
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    One afternoon after Weir and Pigpen had left a recording session, Jerry ordered the band manager, Rock aside and ordered him to fire them both. That idea was ridiculous, and Rock knew it. You dont fire your lifetime friends and your partner, and if you do you do it yourself, and Garcia refused. Pigpen, whose legend grew as he himself began to dwindle away with liver disease, was a tougher case. He rarely came to band meetings, but he still did know how to work the crowd. As late as 1970-1971, wh...
  • The Music Of The Grateful Dead
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    Sex, drugs, and revolutionary politics are commonplace in North America, but rock and roll all melted it together, especially in San Francisco in the sixties. One notable band to come out of this era was the Grateful Dead. The Grateful Dead started out as a small rock and blues band, then would go on to stimulate an entire generation to prolong, and finally a whole population of people to follow them from concert to concert and enjoy their music through their whole lives. In just thirty years th...

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