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    The Grateful Thread

    Ok folks, here it is. A dedicated thread for everything Grateful Dead and Jam Band related.

    Post to your hearts desire if you want to talk about our favorite bands such as the Dead, Phish, String Cheese, Umphree's Mcgee, Yonder Mountain String Band
    and, of course, 23A/Third Rail






    Edit: Sorry DMC.
    Last edited by BeanoNYC; Mar 21, 2014 at 9:47 PM.
    ~Rich~

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    Re: The Grateful Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by BeanoNYC
    Post to your hearts desire if you want to talk about our favorite bands such as the Dead, Phish, String Cheese, Umphree's Mcgee, Yonder Mountain String Band
    and, of course, Route 23.

    That would be 23A....
    Playing this Saturday at O'Neils in Hunter - from 7 to 11PM..

    So - anybody hearing the Phish reunion rumours???
    "Sometimes the rock n roll life is not all rainbows & fairy dust..." - Fake Jerry

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    Re: The Grateful Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by dmc
    Quote Originally Posted by BeanoNYC
    Post to your hearts desire if you want to talk about our favorite bands such as the Dead, Phish, String Cheese, Umphree's Mcgee, Yonder Mountain String Band
    and, of course, Route 23.

    That would be 23A....
    Playing this Saturday at O'Neils in Hunter - from 7 to 11PM..

    So - anybody hearing the Phish reunion rumours???
    Fixed, Damn ... I knew that! Where are you guys playing for MLK weekend?

    I haven't heard anything about Phish getting back together, that would be sweet!
    ~Rich~

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    Re: The Grateful Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by BeanoNYC

    Fixed, Damn ... I knew that! Where are you guys playing for MLK weekend?
    If MLK weekend is the 21st - then - my other band Third Rail is playing the Yatch Club in Tanersville...
    "Sometimes the rock n roll life is not all rainbows & fairy dust..." - Fake Jerry

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    Nope it's 13,14,15,16th of January.
    ~Rich~

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeanoNYC
    Nope it's 13,14,15,16th of January.
    I always celebrate Martin Luther King Day by
    "GOIN' TO THE MOUNTAINTOP!!!"
    "Sometimes the rock n roll life is not all rainbows & fairy dust..." - Fake Jerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmc
    Quote Originally Posted by BeanoNYC
    Nope it's 13,14,15,16th of January.
    I always celebrate Martin Luther King Day by
    "GOIN' TO THE MOUNTAINTOP!!!"

    :P The History Teacher in me appreciates that joke
    Have you been to the mountaintop? :P
    ~Rich~

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    'Twas the Week 'Fore Thanksgiving


    ‘Twas the week 'fore Thanksgiving and all through the land,
    People downloaded shows from their favorite band.

    The files they flew off Archive.org with speed,
    They had every Dead soundboard an addict could need.

    From Cornell '77 to a jam with Grace Slick,
    Don't forget Fillmore East '70-- that shit was sick.

    All was happy for Deadheads in cyberspace,
    Who would never again listen to garbage like Steal Your Face.

    But all was not right in the Land of the Dead,
    The revenue had turned from black into red.

    The Dick's Picks they sat and collected dust,
    Especially 35-- Man, that was a bust!

    Just then the mean old grinch, who was named Bob Weir
    Said, "Hey, what the fuck is happening here?"

    "They're stealing my money-- my kid's college fund.
    I've been checking my portfolio and feeling quite stunned.

    "This cannot go on. The downloading must desist.
    If I lose another cent, I'm gonna be pissed."

    And with a wave of his hand (and his lawyer's phone call),
    The free downloads stopped-- once and for all.

    The Archive lost soundboards and audience tapes too,
    And Deadheads seemed to think this decision, it blew.

    The Deadheads were angry-- they made quite a fuss:
    "Why would the Dead pull this shit over on us?"

    "Let's boycott every CD and t-shirt and ticket.
    If Bob Weir needs money, we'll tell him to stick it."

    But then from the East there arose such a clatter,
    Phil Lesh had arrived to see what was the matter.

    Outraged he was by the Dead’s strange decision.
    The policy, he said, needed revision.

    In a wave of his hand, he released a free board tape
    With a long ‘Caution’ jam that left many mouths agape.

    And for Mickey Hart? You know he couldn’t be left out of the flap.
    “Remember me,” he cried. “I do the ‘Fire on the Mountain’ rap.”

    “I agree with Phil,” he said. “Although it makes me shiver
    Because I can’t stand to be near that jerk and his liver.”

    The foundation was shaking; they called Dennis McNally.
    He traveled in quickly to stop the protest rally.

    “On Pigpen, on T.C., on Godchaux, on Mydland,
    On Hornsby, on Welnick*Wait. Who’s Welnick? He ain’t in the band,”

    “The AUD tapes are back,” McNally had cried.
    “There was a misunderstanding.” But it smelled like he lied.

    The AUDs were returned to Archive.org,
    But soundboards had been assimilated into the Borg.

    “Bullshit!” Deadheads yelled. “Music should be free.”
    “Tough shit,” Bob Weir said. “It’ll cost you a fee.”

    “The boycott is on,” they said. “We’ll kick your butts.”
    “Fine,” Weir retorted. “Suck on my nuts.”

    When hopes were fading and the end was neigh,
    Someone had pointed up into the sky.

    Gently floating, upon a white cloud he sat.
    A bushy beard spoke from a big mound of fat.

    “Why the hell are you all acting so crazy?
    This looks like a scene from a film by Scorsese.”

    “Everyone here needs to shut up and chill.
    And what happened to Weir? He looks over the hill!”

    “Jerry,” Weir cried. “It’s so great to see ya.
    But hey man. We’re broke-- just like North Korea.”

    “I have an idea,” Jerry said. “From the days of old.
    Go sell my toilet. People thought I shit gold.”

    Then he picked up a guitar and played for the masses.
    And smiles were found amongst those shaking asses.

    The solo, it finished with ooohs and with ahhhs.
    Then he concluded by saying, “Where’s my Häagen-Dazs?”
    "Sometimes the rock n roll life is not all rainbows & fairy dust..." - Fake Jerry

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    dmc - did you actually write this - ?? If so, I am impressed. You would give Dr. Suess and Hunter his own bad self a run for their money. A nice parody!!
    Cheers, dude!

    So to ask the question - any chance the SBDs are coming back for download on archive.org??

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    I fucking love the Grateful Dead. There's no other band anywhere that sounded like them or played live like them. If I go more than a couple of days without listening to some Dead I start to go into withdrawal.

    I know a lot of people who don't know or appreciate the Dead (I'm married to one), and the beef I always heard from my non-Deadhead friends was that the Dead's primarily studio recordings were pretty lousy quality compared to lots of other more popular recordings of the time. Just compare Aoxomoxoa to Abbey Road and it's pretty amazing to realize they came out the same year. But, the Beatles had a HUGE recording budget and the Dead were just getting by trying to make a living. For me, one of the coolest elements of the Dead was that they looked like a bunch of my friends, and it almost seemed that instead of Garcia and Weir and Lesh, it could have been almost any one of my circle of friends, or the extended circle of Deadhead friends I knew or met up there on the stage. That lent a certain amount of democracy and inclusion that you just didn't sense when you were going to see, oh, David Bowie or The Who or The Stones. Not that I didn't love those bands (I did and still do), but the Dead just seemed like a bunch of guys that could have been living on the other side of town, smoking the weed they grew and raising horses. The 70s were kinda cool that way.

    The other thing that was unique and wonderful about the Dead was the positive-ness of their music. I saw an interview with Garcia years ago where he said he always tried to make music from a place of joy, which just blew me away. What a wonderful statement. It's really hard to try to be positive and add uplifting things to the world. Anyone can be an asshole and be negative, but it takes real guts and determination and tenacity to make a positve contribution. I've never forgotten that.

    I saw the Dead about a dozen times berween 1977 and 1983, and then again a couple times in 1989 and 1990. My favorite period is the Third Band which was from roughly late 1970/early 1971 until the hiatus in Oct. 1974. The band with one drummer and when Keith could actually stay awake and remember to play was pretty amazing.

    1st Band (Proto-Dead): 1965 - early 1967
    2nd Band (Pigpen's Band): 1967 - 1970
    3rd Band (The Jazz Combo): 1971 - 1974
    4th Band (Listen to the Music Play!): 1976 - 1979
    5th Band (They Suck: The Junkie Years): 1980 - 1984
    6th Band (Let's Have Fun & Make Money): 1985 - 1990
    7th Band (This is the End): 1992 - 1995

    Favorite Dead tunes (in no particular order):

    Jack Straw
    The Other One
    China Cat Sunflower
    Mississippi Half-Step
    Wharf Rat
    Sugar Magnolia
    Bertha
    Dark Star
    Deal


    Dead songs I don't care if I never hear again:

    Alabama Getaway
    Morning Dew (I know, I know - I'm a heretic)
    Dancing in the Streets
    Shakedown Street
    Franklin's Tower
    Anything by Brent Mydland

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