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Jerry Garcia

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The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia (1969)

Interview by Michael Lydon, Rock's Backpages audio, May 1969

Recorded during the Dead's 1969 peak, Garcia looks back to the early days of the Warlocks, the Acid Tests, goes through the albums to date (including the soon-to-be-released Live/Dead) and expounds on the music.

File format: mp3; file size: 57.6mb, interview length: 1h 02' 57" sound quality: ****

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The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia (1969) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by Michael Lydon, Rock's Backpages transcripts, May 1969

This is a transcript of Michael's interview with the Grateful Dead mainman. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

Dead Leader Who Is Very Much Alive

Report and Interview by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 11 January 1971

JERRY GARCIA is the principal power plant and instrumental, as well as inspirational, leader of San Francisco's oldest continuing rock band, the Grateful Dead. ...

Joni Mitchell, James Taylor et al: The Pop Aristocrats

Overview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, 20 March 1971

There's a new pop elite in America today, a closely-knit group of singers and musicians who have taken the music scene by storm. The members ...

Jerry Garcia: Garcia (Warner Bros.)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 12 February 1972

I HAD, I CONFESS, expected something different. Two sides of 'Dark Star Revisited' would have perhaps been a predictable dosage. Instead, we get several very ...

The Dead

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 8 April 1972

GARCIA stabs at the record business — 'We want to get out' ...

Grateful Dead: Jerry Garcia Interview

Interview by uncredited writer, Mutha Grumble, May 1972

ON TUESDAY 11 April, an American rock n' roll band, the Grateful Dead, played to a packed house at Newcastle City Hall. Two hours before ...

Jerry Garcia Up From The Dead

Interview by Arthur Levy, Creem, August 1975

DAVID GAHR is already a half-block ahead of me up the street, bounding past the Navarro's sharpy redcap, shlepping all his cameras, and lights, and ...

The Jerry Garcia Band: Beacon Theater, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, The New York Times, 30 October 1975


Moon Jasmine: The Night Jerry Garcia Forgot To Tell Me Something And I Forgot To Ask

Interview by Al Aronowitz, The Blacklisted Masterpieces of Al Aronowitz, 1978

1. San Francisco Jerry Garcia wanted me to write a story about him. That was the deal. I was managing this folksinger who needed ...

Jerry Garcia Band: Cats Under The Stars

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 6 May 1978

UNCLE JEROME'S fourth foray into the solo light gets some of that old Dead sound back to base. Just in time I guess. ...

Jerry Garcia and Elvis Costello: Strange Bedfellows

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, March 1991

AS EVERYONE knows, Grateful Dead fans come in all sorts and sizes — including one Elvis Costello. And so, when Musician got the idea of ...

An Interview with Jerry Garcia

Interview by Richard Gehr, Newsday, 9 September 1991

IT WAS THE first thing that happened to the Grateful Dead when they arrived in New York City on June 1, 1967, and Jerry Garcia ...

Jerry Garcia Ill; Dead Cancel Tour

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 1 October 1992

THE GRATEFUL Dead have canceled a four-city fall tour of the East Coast and have put other plans on hold until Jerry Garcia recovers from ...

Garcia: Trucking Again

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 21 January 1993

The Grateful Dead bounce back with new releases and a tour in '93 ...

Sandy Troy: Captain Trips — The Life And Fast Times Of Jerry Garcia (Virgin £9.99)

Book Review by Cliff Jones, MOJO, March 1995

IMAGINE BEING able to skip through time and witness historv first-hand. On my own list of happening temporal destinations would be McGoo's Pizza Parlour in ...

Private Funeral For Garcia

Report by Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 August 1995

MEMBERS OF THE Grateful Dead and the widow of Jerry Garcia spent yesterday making plans for a funeral, while tributes continued to roll in and ...

Jerry Garcia: The Fat Man Sings

Obituary by Richard Gehr, Spin, October 1995

Richard Gehr pays tribute to the mind-bending music and halcyon spirit of the late Jerry Garcia. ...

Jerry Garcia: The Last Post

Obituary by Joel Selvin, MOJO, October 1995

SERENITY KNOLLS lies at the bottom of a dead end road in northern Marin County, California. The main building stands above a parking area surrounded ...

The Last Great American Adventurer: Jerome John Garcia 1942-1995

Obituary by Tom Hibbert, Q, October 1995

On August 9, Jerry Garcia, leader of the Grateful Dead, the most successful live group of all time, died in a Californian rehab center. To ...

Jerry Garcia: A Lifetime of Inspiration

Essay by David Gans, Dupree's Diamond News, November 1995

HALLOWEEN 1995, just before midnight. I don't have any poetry to offer here. I lost that facility long before Jerry Garcia's death. I know too ...

The Burden of Being Jerry

Retrospective and Interview by David Gans, San Francisco Focus, November 1996

Two writers – both insiders in the Grateful Dead community – discuss the trouble behind the late Jerry Garcia. ...

Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Garcia

Interview by David Gans, The Grateful Dead Hour, 29 January 1997

Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Garcia was victorious in her lawsuit against the estate of her late ex-husband, Jerry Garcia. Following the guitarist's death in August 1995, ...

Jerry Garcia: All Good Things – Jerry Garcia Studio Sessions

Review by Max Bell, Uncut, June 2004

Superbly packaged box set of all five Garcia solo discs, plus oodles of outtakes. ...

Jerry Garcia: Spirit of The Dead

Retrospective by Ken Hunt, Jazzwise, August 2005

Ken Hunt looks back at the life, music and jazz influences of Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead who died 10 years ago this month ...

Merl Saunders, 1934-2008

Obituary by Ken Hunt, The Guardian, 27 October 2008

Keyboard wizard who often worked with Jerry Garcia, with or without the Grateful Dead ...

Merl Saunders/Jerry Garcia: Keystone Companions – The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings

Review by Jamie Atkins, Record Collector, January 2017

KEYBOARDIST MERL Saunders' decision to sit in at a regular jam in San Francisco's Matrix club one night in December 1970 would prove a stroke ...

see also Grateful Dead

see also Old And In The Way


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