Offered here is Warner Brothers promotional poster from 1975 which measures approximately 35 by 43 inches. This poster is in excellent condition and has never been out of an archival protective sleeve.
Jerry Garcia (guitar, vocals; born August 1, 1942, died August 9, 1995). Ron Pigpen McKernan (keyboards, harmonica, vocals; born September 8, 1945, died March 8, 1973). Phil Lesh (bass, vocals; born March 15, 1940).
Bob Weir (guitar, vocals; born October 16, 1947). Mickey Hart (drums, percussion; born September 11, 1943). Bill Kreutzmann (drums; born April 7, 1946). Robert Hunter (lyricist; born June 23, 1941). Tom Constanten (keyboards; born March 19, 1944).Donna Godchaux (vocals; born August 22, 1945). Keith Godchaux (keyboards; born July 14, 1948, died July 21, 1980). Brent Mydland (keyboards, vocals; born October 21, 1952, died July 26, 1990).
Vince Welnick (keyboards; born February 22, 1951, died June 2, 2006). What a long, strange trip it's been is a lyric from one of the Grateful Dead's best known songs and pretty much tells a bunch about the long history of this band. They first started to be noticed at Ken Kesey's Acid Tests where they were the house band. The Acid Test were a series of now-legendary public LSD parties (documented in Tom Wolfe's book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test), where Stanley Owsley manufactured the then legal LSD and plied the band and party goers with copious amounts of the drug. By the end of'65 the band changed their name to the Grateful Dead and they were all living in a communal house situated at 710 Ashbury Street in San Francisco.They started to build a large following with their free concerts and were considered amongst the leaders of the then growing hippie movement in San Francisco. In 1966 they signed with MGM Records but the resulting recording sessions didn't go well and the label dropped the group a short time later.
With 1967 came the Summer Of Love and the Dead were the top draw at the Fillmore Auditorium and other local venues. Europe'72 would be the last album to feature Pigpen. His health had been deteriorating steady for the last couple of years from heavy drinking and sadly he passed away in 1973 of liver failure. He was replaced on keyboards by Keith Godcheaux and at the same time his wife Donna joined the band on vocals.Also in'73 was the release of their album Wake Of The Flood which was a commercial success. The Dead would end up releasing ten albums in the 70s ending with 1978's Shakedown Street which was produced by Lowell George. At the end of 1979 the Godcheauxs were ask to leave the band as they just didn't seem to fit in to the band's plans.
The following year Keith would be killed in a car crash. In 1980 their new album Go To Heaven was released with new keyboard player Brent Mydland. In 1992 Garcia was again hospitalized with diabetes and an enlarged heart, forcing the Dead to postpone their upcoming tour.The band did come back after that to tour and Garcia looked better. But on August 9, 1995 the Dead came to an end when Garcia was found dead in bed in a drug treatment center he had just entered. His death was as much an important ending in music as was the breakup of the Beatles in 1970. With Garcia's and the Dead's passing, things in hippie land will never quite be the same again. The Grateful Dead were the most important band of the psychedelic era and among the most groundbreaking acts in rock and roll history.
They broke all the rules while slowly and steadily building a career that carried them from the ballrooms of San Francisco in the Sixties to arenas and stadiums all over the country in the decades that followed. A leaderless democracy, they were fronted by guitarist Jerry Garcia, whose improvisational tangents made him a pied piper to the largest and most devoted cult following in popular music: a massive network of fans known as Deadheads. The Dead and their followers did much to keep the spirit of the Sixties alive in modern times. The Grateful Dead and their peers on the San Francisco scene notably Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Country Joe and the Fish raised the consciousness of the rock audience, leading them to an enhanced vision of music in which albums were more important than singles and concerts became marathon exercises in risk-taking.
Heavily steeped in Americana, the group had its roots in blues and bluegrass. From the jazz world, the Grateful Dead leaned to approach music from an improvisational perspective. From the culture of psychedelia specifically Ken Keseys Acid Tests, of which they were a part - the Dead became aware of the infinite possibilities for expression when imagination was given free reign. Led by Garcias guitar, the Dead would delve into blues, folk, jazz R&B and avant-garde realms for hours on end.The groups signature composition was Dark Star, which served as a foundation for their most extended and experimental jamming. They performed this epic more than 200 times and never the same way twice, with Garcias modal guitar spearheading their explorations into uncharted territory. Theyll follow me down any dark alley, Garcia noted in 1987. Sometimes theres light at the end of the tunnel, and sometimes theres a dark hole. The point is, you dont get adventure in music unless youre willing to take chances. The Deads career can be viewed in several stages. During the latter half of the Sixties, they were a psychedelic rock band whose music and lifestyle were synonymous with the San Francisco scene. In the Seventies, they moved toward a rootsier sound and style of songwriting while maintaining the lengthy jamming tangents that remained high points of their concerts. In the Eighties, they became a touring juggernaut, attracting a nomadic following of Deadheads that followed them from show to show. An anomalous commercial peak came in 1987 when Touch of Grey became a Top 10 hit, further accelerating the influx of younger fans to the bands increasingly prosperous touring scene. They would appear on Forbes list of top-grossing entertainers and for a few years in the early Nineties were the highest-grossing concert attraction in the U. The 1995 death of Jerry Garcia abruptly put an end to the Grateful Dead, though various members subsequently regrouped as the Other Ones, The Dead and Furthur. The roots of the Grateful Dead hark back to the early Sixties and a small community of literature and music-minded proto-hippies in Palo Alto, California, to which Garcia gravitated. It was in this milieu that he befriended Robert Hunter, who would become his lifelong songwriting partner, and Ron McKernan a. Pigpen, a serious disciple of blues and soul who played keyboards and harmonica. A budding young guitarist named Bob Weir fell in with Garcias crew, which gathered at Dana Morgans Music Store in Palo Alto (where Garcia gave guitar lessons). In 1964 Garcia, Weir and McKernan formed Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, a string band that played blues, folk and good-time music.
Much of the Grateful Deads early repertoire of borrowed tunes, including Good Morning Little School Girl and Viola Lee Blues, was learned during this time. It was Pigpens suggestion - inspired by a newly popular band from England.That they plug in and amplify their sound. They recruited a rhythm section of drummer Bill Kreutzmann (who Garcia knew from the music store, where both taught) and Phil Lesh, a musical prodigy whod studied jazz, classical and the avant-garde. Though hed never played bass before, Lesh jumped at the chance to join the band and mastered the instrument quickly. I knew something great was happening, something bigger than everybody, he recalled. By May 1965, the classic five-man lineup of Garcia, Weir, Lesh, McKernan and Kreutzmann was in place. Renaming themselves the Warlocks, they took a decidedly more electric approach.
Half a year later, after realizing there was another group called the Warlocks, they became the Grateful Dead. The name suggested itself when Garcia opened up a dictionary and his eyes fell upon those words. It was a truly weird moment, he later noted. Implicit in that name was the promise of adventure and risk qualities that would become hallmarks of the Grateful Deads approach to music.
The Dead provided a kind of cultural glue, serving to link the literary and philosophical leanings of Fifties beatniks with the musical awakening of the Sixties counterculture. Both movements flourished in the enlightened environs of the Bay Area. The Grateful Dead were retained to provide musical settings for novelist Ken Keseys legendary Acid Tests. From there, they began honing their concert alchemy at San Franciscos venues, notably the Fillmore and the Avalon Ballroom. They were signed to Warner Bros.
Records by Joe Smith, the companys president, after he caught a show at the Avalon in August 1966. During their lifespan, the Grateful Dead ranged between five and seven members. In 1967, they expanded to a sextet with the addition of a second drummer, Mickey Hart. In 1968, they added keyboardist Tom Constanten, expanding to a septet.
In terms of personnel, the keyboard role was always the bands most unstable. Somewhat eerily, four of the Grateful Deads keyboardists Ron Pigpen McKernan, Keith Godchaux, Brent Mydland and Vince Welnick died prematurely. The Grateful Dead fused rock and roll energy with the psychedelic experience to fashion an endlessly fascinating labyrinth of sound. Their self-titled first album, recorded in three days, sprinted through their blues and bluegrass repertoire with speed and energy.
Anthem of the Sun (1968) was their transcendently psychedelic, quasi-symphonic magnum opus. Aoxomomoxoa was another highly experimental piece of work. As good as these early albums were, they could not match the Grateful Dead when they were at their best in concert, and the group would frequently turn to live albums as the truest representation of their experience. A popular bumper sticker read: There Is Nothing Like a Grateful Dead Concert.Live/Dead, compiled from shows performed in San Francisco between January 26 and March 2, 1969, remains a career highlight. It documented the fairly regimented yet highly improvisational program they performed at that time. The lineup included Dark Star (the ultimate Grateful Dead performance piece), St. Stephen and The Eleven (performed in 11/4 time).
After exploring the outer reaches of psychedelic consciousness, the Dead would return to earth with an energetic rendition of Bobby Blue Blands Turn On Your Lovelight (a showcase for Pigpens soulful vocals), followed by the bluesy, mournful Death Dont Have No Mercy from the repertoire of Rev. The programming mirrored the stages of an acid trip ascendancy, peaking and return to reality and its been noted that this logic became embedded in the two-set structure of the Grateful Deads concerts for the duration of their career. As drummer Mickey Hart famously noted, Were in the transportation business we move minds. In the wake of the Sixties and the slow demise of the San Francisco scene, the Grateful Dead took a turn toward a more acoustic, back-to-basics style on Workingmans Dead and American Beauty (both from 1970). Both were more thoughtful, folk-oriented albums that revealed the band members improved songwriting ability and sage-like overview of Americas past, present and future.
Much of the material was written by Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter, and they included some of their best-loved songs: Truckin, Uncle Johns Band, Casey Jones and Sugar Magnolia. These albums were influenced by the often acoustic, harmony-laden music of. (who taught the Dead how to harmonize) and. (whose highly influential first two albums had a rustic, rootsy tone). The Dead followed those studio albums with the consecutive live releases Grateful Dead a.Skull and Roses and Europe 72. At this point they felt so strongly that their work was best captured in concert that a number of new songs were unveiled on live rather than studio recordings. These included such staples as Grateful Deads Wharf Rat and Bertha and Europe 72s Jack Straw, Hes Gone and Tennessee Jed. Both albums also contained a raft of covers that revealed the Deads growing allegiance to roots music. There were songs by country singers Marty Robbins (El Paso), Merle Haggard (Mama Tried) and. (You Win Again), as well as the Wild West tall tale Me and My Uncle, penned by John Phillips of the. Various group members also launched solo albums during this time frame. Jerry Garcia was first with his self-titled solo album Garcia, which appeared in January 1972. Bob Weirs Ace, released in June 1972, was a Grateful Dead album in all but name, as Weirs bandmates contributed liberally to what was the most Dead-like of all their solo projects.
In 1973, the group released Wake of the Flood, their first studio album in three years and first release following the expiration of their contract with Warner Bros. It was issued on the groups own Grateful Dead Records. They also created an affiliated label, Round Records, for solo projects. Both were distributed by United Artists. In March 1974, the group debuted a massive, state-of-the-art sound system, dubbed the Wall of Sound.It was both a sonic breakthrough and practical albatross whose setup time and cost of transport made it almost prohibitively expensive. The group released From the Mars Hotel in June, but that October exhausted from constant touring and rethinking the costly boondoggle of their sound system they went on an extended hiatus, exiting with five nights of farewell shows at San Franciscos Winterland. Among other things, Jerry Garcia spent the next two years editing The Grateful Dead Movie, a 90-minute concert documentary assembled from the Winterland stand. The group performed only four times in 1975, though they did release one of their more inspired studio albums, Blues for Allah, that year.
Deadheads consider 1977 to be the bands standout year as a live band. Having folded their own labels, the Dead signed to. Arista Records toward the end of 1976. Over the next several years, they issued the studio albums Terrapin Station (1977), Shakedown Street (1978) and Go to Heaven (1980).
Terrapin Station contained the seven-part sidelong epic Terrapin Station. Shakedown Street was notable for its choice of producer: Lowell George, guitarist and frontman for Little Feat. Following Go to Heaven, there would not be another album of new music from the Grateful Dead for seven years.Over the latter half of their career, Garcia was periodically beset with substance-abuse problems, a state of affairs that came to a head with his arrest on drug possession charges in 1985, and his collapse into a diabetic coma in 1986. His recovery included having to relearn how to play the guitar. His health improved in the wake of those crises, and a revitalized Grateful Dead entered a period of heightened activity that included the 1987 album In the Dark and the Top 10 single ("Touch of Grey"). The group issued its final studio album, Built to Last, in 1989. Drugs continued to haunt the Grateful Dead, who lost keyboardist Brent Mydland to a fatal overdose in 1990. Mydland was succeeded, temporarily, by Bruce Hornsby and replaced by Vince Welnick. Garcia died on August 9, 1995, at a drug-treatment facility in Forest Knolls, California. The Grateful Deads final concert had taken place a month earlier, at Chicagos Soldier Field on July 9, 1995. The Dead could not survive the loss of Garcia, but the music lives on. Three dozen vintage concerts were released as part of the Dicks Picks series, named for Dick Latvala, the groups longtime tape archivist. Latvala, who died in 1999, was succeeded in that role by David Lemieux. Various other concerts have seen commercial release, including performances at Fillmore East, Fillmore West, across Europe and at the base of the Egyptian pyramids. Between 1991 and 2007, 53 live Grateful Dead concerts were released.
Inspired by the Deads example, other artists from. To Pearl Jam and Phish have followed suit to varying degrees, opening their own concert vaults with fan-oriented releases. Individually, the surviving members have continued to make music. Mickey Hart has pursued a highly successful career as a rhythmist and ethnomusicologist, recording and compiling numerous volumes of world music.Phil Lesh toured with a revolving cast of musicians known as Phil and Friends. Bill Kreutzmanns other projects have included BK3 and 7 Walkers. Beginning in 1996, several Furthur Festivals involving Dead-related ensembles and kindred spirits kept the spirit alive. Weir, Lesh, Hart and Bruce Hornsby toured as the Other Ones in 1998. They were joined by Bill Kreutzmann for tours in 2000 and 2002. Calling themselves The Dead, the four surviving members Weir, Lesh, Hart and Bill Kreutzmann again regrouped with supporting musicians in 2003, 2004 and 2009. Lesh and Weir have soldiered on with the group Furthur.
Ultimately, the Grateful Deads triumph was to create an alternative form of music and alternatives to music-business conventions that succeeded on their own uncompromising terms. Much about the Grateful Dead was improvised or left to chance. Theirs was a laissez-faire anarchy that assumed things would work out as the cosmos intended. This faith in a universal order, gleaned from the start at Keseys Acid Tests, freed them to pursue music without the usual constraints. The Grateful Dead illuminated the world with their music, transforming culture and consciousness as well.In so doing, they became an improbably durable and influential institution. As Phil Lesh said at the Grateful Deads induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994: Sometimes you don't merely have to endure. I have gone through great lengths to insure that my posters have been maintained using only archival materials. I have preserved them on acid free paper mounted by protective corners stored flat in binders. On most of the photos of posters that I will be offering you may notice these corner protectors. I will be offering more Fillmore Posters in the weeks and months to follow. Reimbursement will be for the cost of the item only. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need to see additional photos of the item and I will respond to the best of my knowledge.
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