1964 – Bob Dylan and Joan Baez share the stage for the first time, singing “With God On Our Side” at the Newport Folk Festival.
1951 – On WJW in Cleveland, Alan Freed broadcasts his first “Moondog House Rock and Roll Party,” marking the first radio show with the phrase “Rock and Roll” and giving Freed a claim on the origin of the term. More importantly, Freed plays R&B music, which introducing the sound to a new (and mostly white) audience.
1964 – Ringo Starr famously tells the other Beatles after a long day of filming their first movie that it’s been “a hard day’s night.” John Lennon turns the phrase into a song, and the movie title is changed from Beatlemania! to A Hard Day’s Night.
A new book about Jerry Garcia is due this fall. Continue reading →
Before the Grateful Dead call it a career with 3 farewell concerts @ Chicago’s Soldier Field in July, surviving members of The Dead & a host of other stars will honor the life and musical legacy of the late, great Jerry Garcia. Continue reading →
Deadheads have besieged the U.S. Mail to get tickets to the final Grateful Dead shows. Continue reading →
The Grateful Dead’s spiritual leader Jerry Garica passed away this day in 1995. Last week we paid tribute Garcia on his birthday with a selection of videos from various Philly gigs he did with the Dead and the Jerry Garcia Band. Relix recently announced a Grateful Dead tribute:
Members of Vampire Weekend, The War on Drugs, Bon Iver, The Walkmen and Kurt Vile & the Violators are expected to participate in The National’s upcoming Grateful Dead tribute album. As previously reported, the Ohio-bred, New York-based indie band are working on an all-star, indie-leaning Grateful Dead tribute album in the coming months. The National’s twin guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner will curate the album, which will benefit Red Hot, an international organization dedicated to fighting AIDS through pop culture. The National’s rhythm section, Bryan and Scott Devendorf, who claim to be the band’s bigger Deadheads, will ghost curate the project.
Below, watch The War On Drugs perform “Touch Of Grey” from a show they performed at the Bowery Ballroom in December, 2011.
Jerry Garcia would have been 71 today. Born August 1, 1942 in San Francisco, Garcia passed away just eight days after his 53rd birthday on August 9, 1995. The lead singer and guitarist for The Grateful Dead, Garcia left behind what Rolling Stone magazine called “a legacy of wondrous creations.” Of the hundreds of videos on YouTube, we picked just a few out for you to watch below, including a full Jerry Garcia Band show from The Spectrum on November 12, 1991. May he rest in peace in rock and roll heaven. God bless the Grateful Dead.