Dead & Company with John Mayer on guitar and Oteil Burbridge on bass is on tour this summer and turning in one inspired performance after the next. Scott W. Allen, author of Aces Back to Back: The History of the Grateful Dead—like many others who have attended a Dead & Company show—can’t quite hold back […]

“Control for smilers can’t be bought The solar garlic starts to rot Was it for this my life I sought? Maybe so and maybe not.” -Anastasio/Marshall Trey Anastasio impressed a lot of Jerry Garcia fans this summer with his well conceived and expertly delivered work as lead guitar player in “Fare Thee Well,” a tribute […]

The remaining members of Grateful Dead are playing five “Fare Thee Well” shows this summer. According to a statement from the band, it will be the last time the four remaining members play on stage together. Naturally, such an announcement created a sense of scarcity and scarcity lends itself to various forms of exploitation, particularly […]

Jerry Garcia was born 72 years ago this week. Garcia brought millions of people together—people who are now married, or best friends or co-workers, and he introduced even more people to a life of beauty and music. In order to “Keep on Shinin’,” (as Jerry would have us do) let’s take a few moments to […]

Working on a team with other like-minded people, all striving to reach a common goal is the path to progress. But it’s not an easy route. Jerry Garcia Life Lesson #9: Collaborate Jerry is known for his singular sound on guitar. One lick and you knew it was him. But for all his chops as […]

To make it big in the music business you need to know the right people, get several lucky breaks, listen to your producer and your label and generally speaking you need to be willing to be shaped by others. This was true when Jerry Garcia and members of Grateful Dead were growing up in the […]

Note: I am grateful for this entry from Kirk Leach, a friend from Franklin & Marshall College. The band had a profound influence on many F&M students in the ’80s, and it’s a pleasure to recall what we were thinking and doing back then. I came to the Dead relatively late in life, at about […]

Note: This entry is courtesy of John Shaski, a friend from Franklin & Marshall College. ‘Ski and I were super fortunate in that we got to see the band tour Europe together in October 1990. Today, Ski and his family live in The ABQ, where he works in food waste recycling. “He really had no […]

Continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no indication of success. Jerry Garcia Life Lesson #5: Persevere Grateful Dead formed in 1965. The band’s first hit, “Touch of Grey,” a song interestingly enough about perseverance, reached the airwaves in 1987, 22 years after the band formed. […]