For the casual fan of the Grateful Dead, it’s probably one of the more easily overlooked complexities of the band’s repertoire that a good portion of well-known lyrics contain a variety of little known anecdotes and clever references spanning everything from Greek mythology and timeless nursery rhymes to classic literature. This is attributable to the fact that in addition to being the only non-performing member of a band ever inducted to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and co-writer of the majority of the band’s best material (as well as a bit of Bob Dylan’s), longtime Dead lyricist Robert Hunter (born Robert Burns) was a well studied poet, storyteller and literary translator.
One of late keyboardist Vince Welnick’s contributions to the Grateful Dead’s live repertoire during his five-year tenure in the band was a pairing of two classic rock covers – The Who’s Baba O’Riley and The Beatles’ Tomorrow Never K... Read Post
This post is strictly for the hardcore Grateful Dead fan. Wait, are there casual Grateful Dead fans? Probably not in abundance. Anyway...)Michael David Murphy stitched together recordings of the iconic San Francisco psych-jam band t... Read Post