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The Grateful Dead

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Kayla Depner

on 28 February 2014

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Transcript of The Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead
Started in 1965
They met in 1960 and bacame a band in 1965. Garcia brought the band together.
Last show
Ended in 1995
Because Jerry Garcia, the lead singer, died from a heart attack the band broke-up because of the death. But some played as solo artists.
Deadhead bears
Jerry Garcia
The bears represents the fun-loving nature of the band and their fans.The bear was taken from the Bob Thomas album art cover. The back cover of History of the Grateful Dead, vol 1 (Bear's Choice)showed multi-colored marching bears
Deadhead bears
The famous Skull and Roses
Edmund Sullivan illustrated a book called The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, that was published in 1913. The Skull and Roses was a black and white drawing in the book, and was later colored by Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley for a Grateful Dead poster in 1966, and the cover of their seventh album in 1971.
Skull and Roses
Garcia's childhood
At the age of 4, he lost his middle finger of his right hand in a woodcutting accident with older brother, Tiff, who cut it off by mistake (That makes it hard for him to play guitar.) A year later, a tragedy happened when he watched his father drown in a river during a fishing accident. He also suffered from asthma that sometimes left him bedridden (That makes it hard for him to sing.)
Jerry Garcia's quote
“They’ll follow me down any dark alley,” Garcia noted in 1987. “Sometimes there’s light at the end of the tunnel, and sometimes there’s a dark hole. The point is, you don’t get adventure in music unless you’re willing to take chances.”
By Kayla Depner
How they got their name
The five man group originally were named The Warlocks, but within a half year they found out another band was already called that.
Jerry Garcia looked in a dictionary and found the name Grateful Dead.
He said “It was a truly weird moment,” and the band liked it because it is the promise of adventure and risk.
Tom Constanten (keyboard)
Jerry Garcia (guitar, vocals)
danna Godchaux (vocals)
Robert Hunter (lyricist)
Bill Kreutzmann (drums)
Phil Lesh (bass, vocals)
Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (keyboards, harmonica)
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