So many conversations going on about the Grateful Dead elsewhere (and no bad thing either because it is introducing The Dead to the uninitiated) I thought that this might be an idea.
It started off with a comment:
'You will doubtless regard me as a heretic-I have never listened to them (GD), well I have heard them but not sat and given them serious attention, acid fuelled stuff at a guess?'
which I responded to with:
'I'm sure that Cornish Deadhead will probably hit send before me but yes - there is a degree of acid fuelling involved (Tom Wolfe's book 'The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test' describes it in some detail) but there is another side to The Dead. Try sampling 'Workingman's Dead' or American Beauty' on this very web site to hear a snippet of the side of The Dead that a lot of people simply don't know about.
Doesn't cost anything and - who knows - may even generate a convert in the process ?
(Not trying to out do or compete with Cornish Deadhead - but -
They're a band beyond description,
Like Jehovah's favorite choir
People joining hand in hand
While the music played the band,
Lord They're setting us on fire.)
Cornish Deadhead came back with:
I like where you're coming from Greysuit, as the late Bill Graham said about GD, "They're not the best at what they do, they're the only ones at what they do". The two albums you have referred to are probably their best studio work though (of course) it was the live experience that really mattered, as they combined blues, country, rock, jazz, avant gard into the mix. Few of their lyrics are what I consider to be acid fuelled, although drugs of course were so important to the whole SF scene.
Although they were there at the Acid Tests, they were more of a blues based band then with Ron "Pigpen" McKernan as the front man. To me they encapsulated the whole spirit of the late 60's and developed into the most varied, exciting, musical acts. I am just a little saddened that they never achieved the success they should have in Europe. Surviving members are still playing as the "Dead", and there is a vast amount of info etc on Deadnet.
Sorry - I ramble on (now isn't that LZ?)
"Come hear Uncle John's Band by the riverside".
Now we're all up to speed (so to speak) - let the discussion continue .............................