Anthem of the Sun is where things really took off for the Grateful Dead. Rhino's new deluxe edition is a reminder of how explosive and musically adventurous this band already was back in those early days.
19 Jul 2018
It’s only the first song of the night, but the band is soon in “the zone” as they go on to deliver a sensational 30-minute opening jam.
14 Aug 2017
There’s only band that actively seeks to mix Phish and the Grateful Dead together like Reese's Pieces and that’s the DeadPhish Orchestra.
19 Mar 2017
"We never rehearsed. That probably helped." Longtime Jerry Garcia drummer Vitt looks back on how it all started and what it meant.
17 Jan 2017
Their partnership lasted about four years and 250 shows but a new archival record suggests that it was some of the best music either Merl Saunders or Jerry Garcia made at the time. And just who is that mystery trumpeter?
29 Jun 2016
Some mainstream music fans don’t have the patience for such improv, but for the moe.rons, the psychedelic jamming is what it’s all about.
17 May 2016
No matter if you feel love, hate or indifference toward them, the Grateful Dead mattered. They were indisputably one of the most important and influential bands in rock history, in part because they defied convention at almost every turn.
30 Jun 2015
The Grateful Dead didn’t seem to give a damn about the American dream and yet seems to have lived it—well, parts of it, anyway.
29 Jun 2015
The current version of the Mickey Hart Band seems to have found a niche to explore some new sonic ground while still mining some old favorites.
03 Oct 2013
Fans of the Grateful Dead all have their favorite era, but in 1987 and 1990, the San Francisco outfit was playing some of the best shows of its career. These two volumes are proof positive of that.
16 Jul 2013
The '90s may not have marked the Grateful Dead's creative peak, but these two DVDs, from 1990 and 1991, show that the group's continued popularity was justified.
08 Jul 2013
Download a new song by the Mickey Hart Band and help raise money for people affected by Hurricane Sandy.
13 Mar 2013
Divorced from the energy of the room, the careening tidal wave of dancing heads surrounding you while the band plunged into another extended jam, the visual experience of the band onstage is remarkably flat.
12 Feb 2013
Given all this history, it's often a surprise to those who got off the proverbial bus a long time ago that the New Riders, in 2012, are going strong, even with 69-year-old Nelson the lone original member.
01 Oct 2012
Ringing out 1978 with the Grateful Dead in a brokedown palace, 'The Closing of Winterland' is a fun reminder of the Dead's shabby appeal.
12 Sep 2012
Dear Tom Cruise: We know you are hurting from the failure of Rock of Ages. However, if you learn the lessons from the best rock-themed movies, you can still make a rock film for the ages.
24 Jul 2012
With the release of All The Years Combine, the Grateful Dead prove their historical importance once again - this time through the magical art of video.
14 Jun 2012
This concert is not only the single best live Joplin-related release you can name, but it is also the best sounding record in her entire catalogue.
15 Mar 2012
On listening to people read from a script while we watch silent home movie footage of people on heroic doses of psychedelics.
25 Jan 2012
Wavy Gravy emerges not only as a fascinating character, but as a powerful, inspiring, even heroic man. This is what the '60s always wanted to be about, but almost never were.
16 Jan 2012
About halfway into his three-decade run as a drummer in the Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart became one of the most significant figures in the music industry, despite the fact that this side of his story is still mostly unknown.
09 Nov 2011
With improved sound and a clearer image in Blu-Ray format, the viewer gets a stronger sense of the full majesty of musicians staring into the face of fear in an hour of darkness.
07 Nov 2011
J.K. Simmons's most visible credit to date is the scenery-chomping role as J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. But in The Music Never Stopped, (now out on DVD) a deeply rewarding film about music therapy, family, and the Summer of Love generation, Simmons shines in his first lead film role as the uptight father of an amnesiac hippie.
25 Aug 2011
As well written as the stories are, perhaps the biggest enticement for readers will be the chance to glimpse one of the longest lasting subcultures in American history.
23 Jun 2010
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