January 8, 2010

Post Comments Here

One of the formatting issues with blogspot is that readers don't have a place to comment unless they respond to a specific post.
So I thought I'd start the year by making a space for visitors.... If you have comments, questions, or requests that aren't related to a topic I've posted, you can put them here!

I should also mention for readers - I can't turn out posts like these very quickly, but hopefully I'll be able to add about two posts per month, time permitting. (Wish I could post more often, but life gets in the way!)

Also - generally when I have a correction or update to a post, rather than silently revising it, I post a comment. Partly this is to show that the discussion is always ongoing, that these essays aren't "the final word" - and to encourage others to comment as well.


  1. love what you're doing with this blog, more power to you :o)

  2. this blog is awesome!

  3. ive been loving your blog, and happily stumbled on it while i've been in the middle of an early era obsession.

    just a quick question, does a SBD exist for 11/8/70, or if not, can you recommend the best sounding AUD?
    noticed it highly rated in the Deadbase polls, but havent heard it yet.

    thanks again for great reading.

  4. There is no SBD for 11/8/70. There's a link to a good source in my Port Chester November 1970 post.

  5. Well, this idea was a dud... So I'll post another comment for myself!

    In writing these essays, I rely very much on previous Grateful Dead writers and scholars, online and in print - so the material I present is a collective effort.
    But I write alone. I take great efforts to prevent errors and omissions, but some slip through. I've made many discoveries while researching these pieces, and some of the older posts here may have mistakes or outdated info I've forgotten about.
    This site is always in the perilous condition of being not-quite-updated...

    So it's very helpful when readers submit corrections or additions. (But so few do!) I'd also appreciate suggestions on topics people would like to hear about, to try to broaden the variety of posts here...
    Ideas for improving the site are also welcome. (I just added a new index to help people find older posts.) I'd like this site to be a definitive Dead resource and research guide, but sometimes the simplest ideas escape me until someone else mentions them!

  6. How are we supposed to submit corrections? I don't see an email address. Have you seen the new Wolfgang's Vault video of 12/27/77? Not sure if that was circulating before.



  7. Actually, that Wolfgang's Vault video is 90% from 12/30/77, which has circulated for a long time; just Cold Rain, Around & Samson are from 12/27/77.
    I suspect more Winterland videos will pop up in the future, though.

    Corrections & additions can be made in the comments; no email necessary.

    I do have to check/approve comments before they appear, so they don't get added immediately when you post.

  8. Hey Folks - just thought I'd post this story and see what comments come back.

    A couple days after Jerry Garcia sprung the mortal coil (might have been the day after but not for sure) I stopped in the Grottoes Va 7/11 and bought a cup of coffee. Got a couple bills back as change and later realized that one was an old crumpled dollar bill that had the GD skull w/ lightning bolt design stamped over George's face. There's no way that somebody put that out after hearing the sad news...talk about weird synchronicity. I kept it on my dresser under a wooden box that I kept loose change in. Had it for many yrs but then it disappeared. think maybe one of the kids innocently lifted it.

    So what say you all? Anyone else find any of these bills? I thought maybe JG might have had a hand in that, wish I still had it!

  9. hey any new posts soon?? I've read all of yours about 10 times, they are fucking great!

    1. Thanks. I think there will be a short post in the next week or two. Unfortunately that will be all until January. I don't have much time these days; I'm sorry my posts are so intermittent.

  10. what would you think about a Houseboat Tapes post? I am confused about what was found, or it was just Dicks Pick's 35 and Road Trips 1.3?

    1. Well, I don't think I'll be posting about August '71 anytime soon, unless it comes up as part of some other discussion. I have plenty of posts in the pipeline, though, just waiting to be written.
      But anyway, according to McNally's liner notes:
      "It seems that in the late summer of 1971, just before Keith Godchaux began rehearsals with the Dead, Garcia handed him a big box of tapes and said, "Here, this is our most recent tour. Learn our music." The irony was that Donna Jean doubts mightily Keith ever bothered to listen to them - he'd never listened to the Dead all that much before he auditioned...he just had an uncanny innate facility for the music. In any case, he left the tapes on his parents' houseboat in Alameda, CA, and there they stayed. For almost 35 years... Master tapes include April 28 and 29 at the Fillmore East (released [from alternate tape sources] as "Ladies and Gentlemen," which was mixed from the multi-track masters), the 7/31 Yale Bowl (alas, the reels were blank), a small piece of the second Hollywood Palladium show, the complete shows from Berkeley Community Theatre 8/14 & 8/15, and others. Dick's Pick #35 is the complete San Diego (8/7/71) show, all that was salvageable of the 8/24 Chicago show, and an hour-plus of the Hollywood Palladium (8/6), which is all that existed on the tapes."
      Lemieux said in an interview at the time that they had nothing in the Vault from August '71 prior to getting the Houseboat Tapes, and that the recovered 7/31 tapes were blank. In later years, though, they did come up with the 7/31 SBD, 8/23, and more of the 8/6 show, so it's unclear where those tapes came from, or exactly how many "other" unlisted shows were included in Keith's tapes. (They also said that the portion of 8/24 included on DP35 was "all that was salvageable," which leaves vague how much more of the show survives on tape.)
      At any rate, we now have SBD tapes from every summer '71 show (though not all complete). Personally I'm now very curious about what '70-71 shows Mountain Girl recently returned to the Vault - David Lemieux has kept mum about that, only 4/18/70 Family Dog has been released so far from that stash, and we're not likely to ever get a complete list of the returned shows.

  11. Hey LIA, do have any insight to why or when David Grisman overdubbed mandolin on the Positively 4th Street on Live at Keystone/ Keystone Companions?

    Not complaining, this is my favorite Garcia solo track, and it took me forever to find out that it was Grisman playing the that fast note melody climax thing in the second solo and under Jer's singing. It makes me wonder why he was never part of Garcia's club bands, he added an interesting part to this song. It would have been epic. This track seems like a bridge between Old and In The Way and the Garcia/Grisman recordings of the 90s.



    1. Good question!

      He would have done the studio overdub sometime in late 1973, most likely at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. (Fantasy Records was Merl Saunders' label, which released the record.) So it would have been concurrent with the Old & In The Way shows.
      But as far as I know, Grisman never played live with the Garcia/Saunders band, nor did he contribute to Garcia's other studio albums in this period (not since American Beauty in 1970). It must have been a happenstance thing - Grisman had his own career going on. Maybe Garcia just thought a mandolin part would work well for that song!