Tag Archives: Grateful Dead

A ‘Long Strange Trip’ I took 45 years ago

When I covered rock’n’roll in the early 1980s, Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia were among the many performers I enjoyed interviewing. But my most lasting memory of the Grateful Dead took place 45 years ago this month long before my career in journalism began.

In the fall of 1972, my friend Bob Boyle and I made plans to see the Dead in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Sept. 19, the day after Bob’s 19th birthday. At the time, we were students at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York State about 350 miles from Jersey City. But we didn’t let the distance dissuade us. Nor were we concerned that neither of us had a car.

The solution? Hitchhike. more

 

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The Dead re-union: Going back in time

The Grateful Dead are celebrating their 50th anniversary in appropriate pre-internet style.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow through mail order and require money orders for payment.

Free tickets will be awarded to the three people whose ticket orders arrive inside the best decorated envelopes, and as is the band’s custom, the venue will include a designated section for tapers at each show.