“ The Long, Strange Trip Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead forged a completely unique musical identity, playing thousands of concerts over a 30-year period.
Though Garcia's death in August 1995 effectively ended the band's touring days, the Dead's music and cultural influence have continued to grow.
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test The Dead gained its early audience by performing as the house band at the many LSD parties, known as "acid tests," that were organized widely in the Bay Area in the mid-1960s.
The scene, centered on the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets, was later memorialized in a best-selling work by Tom Wolfe, who stands with Garcia and Dead manager Rock Sculley in this 1966 photo.
Digital copies of the band's concerts continue to sell briskly via i Tunes and fan sites, while a Hollywood biopic about Garcia is in the works, and a pair of Deadhead marketing experts have just released a book that posits the band as an ideal model for marketing in the Internet age.
If you have a lot of time to kill, just ask a group of Deadheads to talk about their favorite live show.
Fans of the band Phish—Phishheads—as well as Bruce Springsteen are a formidable force, but in terms of unbridled loyalty and devotion to the late Jerry Garcia and his bandmates, Deadheads are without peer.
after attending a 1971 New York City concert that “regulars greeted other regulars, remembered from previous boogies, and compared this event with a downer in Boston or a fabulous night in Arizona.” And the band took notice.
This subset grew in number, soon giving birth to a community with its own set of rules and even slang. S., where the demand to see the foursome live gave rise to stadium rock.
And the Rolling Stones still have audiences under their thumb, despite their combined age of 284.