Showing posts with label The Grateful Dead. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Grateful Dead. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Brent Mydland brings it home

By Jack Brummet, Music Ed.

Brent Mydland was The Grateful Dead keyboard player, singer and songwriter between 1979 and 1990. This is a clip of Brent doing what he does best.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Amazing shadow piano

Mickey Hart posted this recently on his Facebook page.  I don't know if he took the photo, or is just sharing it. Interesting nonetheless.  Of course, the cranky comment people pointed out it is not configured like a piano (whiners/spoilsports).


Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Ann Coulter: I'm A Grateful Dead Fan For Life

By Jack Brummet, Grateful Dead Ed.

Is this a mindf***er or what?  Ann Coulter is a serious DeadHead.  Read her full piece in Billboard here.  Among other observations, she names some of her favorite songs:
“Tennessee Jed, Althea, Stagger Lee, Eyes of the World, Loose Lucy, Franklin's Tower, Deal, Sugar Magnolia, Unbroken Chain, Cassidy, Pride of Cucamonga, Uncle John's Band, Ripple, Casey Jones, I Will Take You Home, Passenger, Mississippi Half-Step, Good Lovin' and of course, the famous Mickey Hart rap version of Fire on the Mountain. It breaks my heart that the band never played Pride of Cucamonga in concert.”


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Buck Henry meets The Grateful Dead

A pretty delightful short in which a skeptical Buck Henry appears to become a Deadhead. 


Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Grateful Dead 1991 - Turn On Your Lovelight - with Bruce Hornsby and Branford Marsalis

By Jack Brummet, Rock Ed.

Some of my favorite Dead shows were from the dark time after Brent died and Bruce Hornsby joined the band for a year and a half. Things got even better when Branford Marsalis came along. He played many shows with them around that same period. 


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Grateful Dead (with Bruce Hornsby and Branford Marsalis) perform Black Throated Wind at Madison Square Garden

By Jack Brummet, Music Ed 

The Grateful Dead, when Bruce Hornsby was in the band for a year or so and Branford Marsalis was sitting in, perform Black Throated Wind at Madison Square Garden September 10, 1991.


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Grateful Dead perform Run, Rudolph, Run

By Jack Brummet, Music Ed.

The Grateful Dead at Madison Square Garden in 1971, perform "Run, Rudolph, Run." You may not be familiar with the Dead's original singer (preceding Jerry Garcia) Pigpen, who died in 1972. . .


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Grateful Dead's amazing Wall of Sound system, ca. 1973

By Jack Brummet, Music Ed.

I saw the Grateful Dead play in front of their wall of sound in Vancouver, B.C. in 1973.  It was amazing.  And quickly abandoned because it was so expensive to set up and transport (they had to have two sets leapfrogging each other on the tour).

It just sounded phenomenal.   Apparently one reason bands play so loud is that loud music overrides some of the delays and muddiness in sound.  Because the wall was so clear, they didn't need volume.  And the many speakers covered any hall or stadium with a gigantic wave of clear sound. They didn't need to turn it up to 11.

"The Grateful Dead sound system is really 11 independent systems or channels as shown in the table  below.  The source of sound are located behind and above the performers so they hear what the audience hears.  Only one source location for each channel is used to cover the entire hall and the music is clearer both on stage and in the audience.  The stereo effect is very satisfying and natural to persons all over the hall.  Intermodulation distortion between instruments is of course non-existent." - from