Celebrating the Life of Jerry Garcia (1942-1995)

Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia

It seems as though some people are placed on this earth to fulfill a specific purpose.  Often, once their purpose has been fulfilled they are taken from us, serving a nearly prophetic role. Jerry Garcia is one of those people, and it was on this day, 14 years ago, that he was taken from us. Jerry has had a lasting effect on countless people, bringing joy to their lives through his music. Unable to fit within the normal grain of life, Jerry chose to live an introverted life focused mainly around his art and music. However, this was made difficult for him by the massive number of Deadheads who looked to Jerry as their leader. As Bob Weir said after scattering Jerry’s ashes into the Ganges River in India, “May you have peace, Jerry, and travel to the stars.”  Below is a quote from Bob Dylan that sums things up quite well:

“There’s no way to measure his greatness or magnitude as a person or as a player. I don’t think eulogizing will do him justice. He was that great – much more than a superb musician with an uncanny ear and dexterity. He is the very spirit personified of whatever is muddy river country at its core and screams up into the spheres. He really had no equal. To me he wasn’t only a musician and friend, he was more like a big brother who taught and showed me more than he’ll ever know. There are a lot of spaces and advances between the Carter Family, Buddy Holly and, say, Ornette Coleman, a lot of universes, but he filled them all without being a member of any school. His playing was moody, awesome, sophisticated, hypnotic and subtle. There’s no way to convey the loss. It just digs down really deep.”

-Bob Dylan

We have chosen 10 extraordinary Dead moments to celebrate this day (big thanks to Dominic!). Each highlights a different period in Jerry’s career.  There are also a number of other Jerry related downloads and videos below. By listening to his music, we keep the spirit of Jerry alive.

10 Extraordinary Grateful Dead Moments

1. 1969-02-22 –  Mountains Of The Moon> Dark Star> Cryptical Envelopment> Drums> The Other One> Cryptical Envelopment

Listen to the second part of Cryptical Envelopment:

2. 1970-06-24 – Darkstar>Attics of My Life>Dark star>Sugar Magnolia>Darkstar>St. Stephen>China Cat>I know You Rider

Listen to the intro to this epic Darkstar:

3. 1971-04-29 – The Alligator>Drums>Jam>GDTRDB>Cold Rain & Snow

Listen to the Jam in between Drums and GDTRFB:

4. 1972-12-31 –  Truckin>The Other One>Morning Dew

Listen to The Other One:

5. 1973-03-24 – Playin’ in the Band

Listen to Playin’ in the Band:

6. 1973-09-07 – Eyes of the World

Listen to Eyes of the World:

7. 1977-05-09 – Comes a Time

Listen to Comes a Time:

8. 1977-12-27 – Estimated Prophet

Listen to the Estimated Prophet:

9. 1982-09-21 – China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider

Listen to China Cat Sunflower:

10. 1987-03-02 – Feel Like a Stranger

Listen to Feel Like a Stranger:

Downloads and Videos

Jerry Garcia Band

DOWNLOAD 1978-10-07 Keystone Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA

New Riders of the Purple Sage

DOWNLOAD 1971-04-28 Fillmore East, New York, NY

The Grateful Dead, Wharf Rat, 1981-03-28 Grugga Hall, Essen, Germany

The Grateful Dead, New Speedway Boogie, 1970-07-03 McMahon Stadium, Calgary, Canada

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