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The good folks of +Moonalice​ posted this on FB and it looks like a great way to bring back to life to the Grateful Dead Family Album put out by Jerilyn Brandelius back in 1989 or thereabouts. Great photos and stories with more being added each day. Check it out, add your own comments and memories, etc.
25 years of the lives of the extended Grateful Dead family
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I own one too!!!
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Well, if last night was a jamfest from the 60s, tonight's Santa Clara show was firmly rooted in the great tunes from the 70s. What a different feel and energy tonight - they were absolutely amazing again, but this time they had the whole place dancing and singing along, at least when we weren't being blown away by the instrumentals. Trey was in his element stretching out last night, but tonight he was on fire from the get go. Those who said he wasn't the right guitarist for these shows were proved completely wrong. What inspired playing, all I can say is wow. And both Bruce and Jeff got their chances to shine tonight, too, along with some great vocals from Bobby. All in all, it made for a really high caliber show. I think it would rank high on their career list, it was that good.

For me personally, hearing St Stephen last night and a nice version of Eyes tonight pretty much fulfilled my wish list for old favorites. The song selection took me back to those heady days of the 70s when I went to so many Bay Area shows when they were in their heyday. So it's hard to imagine bringing 43 years of seeing the band to a better end than these shows did. If the beautiful encore version of Brokedown Palace is the last song I hear them play live, I can now die a happy man.

Chicago, you're in for a REAL treat!
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I understand that there will be a movie.
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For those looking for lodging in Chicago, Billy's running an AirBnB contest.
 
Grateful Dead Offer Up Chicago VIP Passes in Airbnb Contest | Rolling Stone via @Reverb
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Hi all, I'm afraid that I might be blaspheming here, but I have to say that for once, I was actually disappointed in the most recent Dave's Picks 12 show from Colgate University from November 1977. 1977 has to be my favorite year ever, so I was listening for the usual magic, but it just didn't seem to be there in most of the cuts. The liner notes from Dick Latvala have him claiming this as "the highest series of 1977." And he talks about "a real fine transition" into "Eyes of the World" which it certainly was. But "Eyes" itself is an excessively up-tempo version that loses much of it's lyrical subtlety as everyone tries hard to keep up.

Then I listened to the last few tunes from Dick's Picks 10 from December 30, 1977, at Winterland in San Francisco and was blown away by the contrast. There's an exquisite Eyes at a tempo that let's all of Jerry's nuanced guitar and vocals shine, bleeding into a Saint Stephen where he totally shreds the guitar leads, playing with that sense of surety and fun that characterized many of his best live renditions. To my mind, there was no comparison -- the Winterland versions were head and shoulders better. Which made me remember the March 1977 series of Winterland shows that wasn't considered part of the "tour" that year, which did include so many classic shows elsewhere in the country. The band had a history of trying out new material closer to home for those of us who were fortunate to be able to attend, and those March shows were incredible. I'd hold a couple of them up against the more well known May and June shows in terms of song selection, band energy, and that intangible sense of clarity, joy, and magic in the playing.

So, just curious if I'm totally off base here and whether others of you had a similar Bay Area experience. All in the context of realizing that the worst Dead show was better than the best day fishing.

Peace,

Steve
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I loved the palladium run in NYC
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Looks like some good stuff in this set of videos! Thanks to +Kevin Clarke for bringing it to our attention.
 
"The owners to the rights of the Bill Graham Archives have organized nearly three dozen shows worth of high quality Grateful Dead video into playlists on this YouTube channel entitled Music Vault.

The earliest show in the vault is the 6/18/76 show from the Capitol Theatre and spans all the way through the band’s Halloween show at Radio City Music Hall in 1980 and others, with the latest show coming in the form of the 11/3/91 show at the Golden Gate Park, played just ten days after the death of Bill Graham.

Most of the shows occur at Graham’s Winterland Arena, a proving ground for the band (as well as Jefferson Airplane and others). Graham and the Grateful Dead worked closely together for the majority of the famed promoter’s life before his untimely death in 1991."

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Excellent videos but they made each song a separate video, with ads between them. It makes watching an entire show a bit of a chore.
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I really enjoy seeing posts from a bunch of you with links to a show from today's date sometime during the band's touring history. To give back and make it easier to find the shows from any given date during the year, here's a listing you can refer to. The links will take you to that show's entry in the Grateful Dead Archive Online, which almost always includes an embedded streaming link from the Internet Archive. By the way, I noticed that there's only one show from tomorrow's date, March 4th.
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+Steve Watkins Excellent!
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Well, night one in Santa Clara was one to remember. The set list was all songs from 1971 and earlier! Some of which was lost on the younger folks in the crowd. Truckin', Alligator, Creampuff War, Cumberland Blues, Viola Lee Blues, UJB, etc., for the first set. And a gorgeous rainbow appeared over the stadium for most of the crowd as the first set drew to a close. Magical stuff. Billy came out at the end of the show to mention the rainbow and its symbolism in regard to the recent court decision on equal marriage rights.

Cryptical - Dark Star - St. Stephen - The Eleven - Love Light, plus Morning Dew in the second set, followed by Rhythm Devils with maybe a bit too much synthesizer. The Other One and a couple more in the third, with Casey Jones for the encore after a night of mostly long jams.

Trey more than held his own and truly shined on quite a few numbers. I had the sense that Bruce and Jeff weren't highlighted as much as they could have been, there was a lot going on with 7 musicians on stage.

We'll see what tomorrow's show brings!
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I was in Buffalo for the 89 show. I remember before they started the encore I was wondering what they were going to play oblivious to the fact that it was the Fourth. I felt pretty stupid for a second. DUH!
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Damn, I just got my "We regret to inform you" email from the lottery for tickets to the two Northern California farewell shows at the end of June. Have to hope that my longtime friend with whom I've been going to shows since 1971 gets his tickets.
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Grats! I got all 3 nights in Chicago now very much stoked. 
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A little holiday cheer with a familiar theme.
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There are few terms in the American cultural lexicon these days more deeply familiar than the term "Grateful Dead.
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I'm fortunate to still live in Santa Cruz county and plan to visit the new exhibit in person next week. I was a bit surprised that the newspaper article didn't mention +John Perry Barlow as the other main lyricist, since he, too, brewed up some amazing lyrical magic behind many of the band's greatest tunes. I expect that his work will be represented in the exhibit, though.
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Listening to the third of a 3-night run at Winterland in SF on this date in 1974, including a light, spacey, jazzy 29-minute Dark Star
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Students in the cinematography course in our Cinematic Arts and Technology program produced this great brief video for Banned Books Week. Check it out, it's nicely done.
 
A tribute to banned books from CSUMB's cinematography class:
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  • Stanford University
    B.S., Biology, 1969 - 1974
  • University of California, Berkeley
    M.L.S., Library Science, 1978 - 1979
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I came to California State University, Monterey Bay, in 1995 as one of the three founding library faculty and have been involved in the evolution of the campus, its shared governance structure, and library services ever since. I currently serve as Coordinator of Library Technology Development, working collaboratively on web-based library services and resources, and serve as the subject librarian for the sciences and mathematics.
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  • California State University, Monterey Bay
    Coordinator of Library Technology Development, 1995 - present
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
    Assistant Head, Science Library, 1984 - 1994
  • SUNY Albany
    Life Sciences Bibliographer, 1980 - 1984
  • Stanford University
    Reference Librarian, 1979 - 1980
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