Course OverviewFrom 1965-95, the Grateful Dead performed over two thousand live concerts. They played what they wanted, the way they wanted, for as long as they wanted, and fans loved them for it, supporting the band with an almost religious fervor. These “Deadheads” were encouraged to trade cassette recordings of live performances with one another, creating a symbiotic relationship between the band and their fan base that remains unique in the annals of rock and roll. It would take the death of founding member Jerry Garcia in 1995 to put a halt to the band’s freestyle performance life. This presentation will focus primarily on the Dead and Jerry Garcia, rather than focusing on the prolific careers of individual musicians.
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