Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

For What We Are about to Receive, Thank You

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

For What We Are about to Receive, Thank You

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FOR a band that was counted out 15 years ago when front man Jerry Garcia died, the Grateful Dead has shown remarkable endurance and staying power.

In March, they were subject to a major analysis in The Atlantic magazine, with academics testifying to the Dead's groundbreaking, pre-internet inventions of social networking and viral marketing. Now, the New York Historical Society, the city's oldest museum, is staging an exhibit of Grateful Dead memorabilia that argues the same points.

Along with the expected rare discs, band instruments and props, like the Jerry Garcia skeleton marionette that jiggled in the Touch of Grey video, are artefacts ranging from the Deadhead hotline answering machine to genial letters sent out to the fan base (Got a good place for us to play?).

These exhibit materials are culled from The Grateful Dead Archive, a collection of a600,000 linear feeta (182,880 metres) of stuff which the band recently donated to the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Eventually, all the content will be available as an online resource at

And for those seeking a fresh music fix, a anewa Grateful Dead CD/DVD package has hit stores and download sites.

Crimson, White and Indigo shares the complete, three-hour Dead performance from July 7, 1989 at Philadelphia's JFK Stadium, momentous on several counts.

"It was the last show to ever play the facility, though we didn't have a clue of that back then," recalled Dennis McNally, the band's long-time publicist and author of A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead.

On the artistic side, notes group bassist Phil Lesh, that JFK show is arguably from aone of the strongest periods in the band's touring history, thanks to the presence of Brent (Mydland) on keyboardsa.

Sadly taken just a year later by a drug overdose, Brent ahad a soulful vocal tinge that was special. …

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