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Q&A: Mickey Hart & Robert Hunter

Richard Gehr, Rolling Stone, 5 September 1996

IT'S BEEN A hectic, emotional year for former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and the band's longtime lyricist Robert Hunter. After coming to grips with Jerry Garcia's death last summer, the two collaborated on Harts recently released second solo album for Rykodisc, Mystery Box. Then, Hart and Bob Weir performed with their mutual side projects as part of this summer's Furthur Festival (the tour is named for the '60s hippie bus made famous by Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters). Hart also composed the drum-oriented score for the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Mystery Box blends the tribal percussion of Hart's previous solo album, Planet Drum, with Hunters words and a new pop sensibility provided by a U.K. vocal group, the Mint Juleps. 

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