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Old 06-04-2017, 01:44 PM   #1
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DW & I, both of us Dead fans, have been watching the 6 part documentary film titled "Long Strange Trip" on Amazon that chronicles the legendary band. Great stuff!

Grateful Dead Doc 'Long Strange Trip': 10 Things We Learned - Rolling Stone

"In structure and pacing, Long Strange Trip, which opens in theaters Friday, and then comes to Amazon Prime Video June 2nd, resembles a classic Dead show. Much of the first half presents familiar themes in discrete episodes, served up at a measured pace: Garcia's childhood; the band's unlikely coalescing; psychedelic hijinks and rustic retreats; and the tragic 1973 death of co-founder Ron "Pigpen" McKernan. The second half is more wayward and contemplative, with exploratory detours into the Deadhead experience and the tape-trading phenomenon, yet it builds inexorably to the band's incandescent commercial peak before turning to Garcia's harrowing decline."
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Old 06-04-2017, 04:58 PM   #2
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Donna Jean Godchaux was a vocalist with The Dead until the death of her husband (keyboardist) Keith Godchaux in 1979.

She later moved back to her home town, and still lives across the river from us in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. She entertains locally from time to time, but she's musically a little far out.

But I can honestly say I don't even know one song the Gratetful Dead did--and cannot remember ever hearing them as a group. We jazz musicians can sometimes be sheltered.
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I am on part 3 right now. Been my favorite band for many years.
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I went to school with some serious Deadheads and became kind of a low-key one myself for a while. Went to maybe 10 shows in the Keith&Donna and Brent years, but lost interest in the late '80s when Touch of Grey hit and the character of the shows changed (and maybe not too coincidentally I stopped being a long haired student and started my career).

Still I did take the day off from said career to pay my respects and attend the Jerry-wake in Griffith Park in '95.

Will check out the movie one of these days.
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Why my ranch is called Dancing Turtle. First thing I did on retirement was to resolve to getting up and dancing any time I heard a dead song. Ms G has been embarrassed a few times.

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Why my ranch is called Dancing Turtle. First thing I did on retirement was to resolve to getting up and dancing any time I heard a dead song. Ms G has been embarrassed a few times.



I think terrapin station is their best album 🤠
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I've got a good friend who is a consummate "Dead Head" and he has everything they ever recorded. Plays them in his car constantly.
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I enjoyed a number of their shows back in the '70s. But when they went mainstream and parroted disco (like the Rolling Stones did) I lost interest.

I tried to get back on board a few years ago but the music just didn't sound the same as it used to (gee, no kidding). I finally got rid of all the albums.

But to be honest, I've had the same experience with a number of bands I used to like.


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Yikes! The movie has a 3:58 runtime. Guess it's like a Dead concert.

I'd like to see it. Maybe this will make me learn how to use Amazon with my TV monitor.

What a long, strange trip it's been, indeed.
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The closest i ever came to being a fan, was the Cherry Garcia ice cream named in his honor
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I just read about that Amazon special. I might need to sign up for Prime. I was lucky enough to get 32 shows under my belt before the good times ended. Terrapin Station was my first album and still my favorite as well. I still have all my cassette tapes of shows, but haven't listened to them in a while. I used to trade with folks and check them off in the "Dead Base" ...the first real database book that listed every show. This was back when the Macintosh came to prominence. Time to listen to some tapes. Thank you for the reminder.
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I started watching last evening. Watched the first two episodes. Both were good, but the 2nd was wildly entertaining. I'm a bit of a Dead Head and imo American Beauty is their best studio album.
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Their Studio Albums were OK, but the Live Shows were the true experience. I am still a big fan of Jerry Garcia, the best 9-fingered guitarist on this or any other planet.

The recent Fare Thee Well tour, with Trey on Lead Guitar was a reminder of how this band could take you on a trip around the galaxy.....and I use the word trip advisedly.

Here's the Sound Board output, if you're not doing anything for the next 3 hours....

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Does anyone have any good pictures of the "wall of sound"? I saw that a couple of times but was too poor to afford a camera at the time.
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The closest i ever came to being a fan, was the Cherry Garcia ice cream named in his honor
Garcia also had a line of neckties. I had some Jerry ties and some Sinatra ties back when I was wearing ties on a daily basis. As I recall, the Jerry ties were a little lightweight compared to the Sinatra ties.
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I think terrapin station is their best album 🤠
As do I.
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