Grateful singer Dead and lead guitarist Jerry Garcia died 25 years ago, on August 9, 1995, leaving a hole in the hearts of legions of fans. He was 53 years old.
A quarter of a century later, the two musicians and fans who followed the band around the globe continue to gather to celebrate his music, reports CBS News correspondent Allison Keyes.
But on the day of Garcia’s death, fans could not know all the ways they should get their Grateful Dead arrangement today – from archival recordings to podcasts.
“There were definitely signs that the living community would still be there ̵1; The Well-Known Dead Community would be there period,” David Lemieux, the group’s archivist and heritage manager, told CBS News Radio. “But to the extent that it is now, where there are so many bands playing Grateful Dead music, whether they are original members or not, [they] are just a great way to consume the Dead. “
Listen to the CBS News Radio report on the 25th anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s death:
Surviving members of this group continue to perform the group songbook, and some newcomers are giving their interpretations.
Band music is also widely available for streaming across multiple platforms, including the Internet Archive and Spotify.
SiriusXM satellite radio has a channel dedicated to the Dead.
The band releases several archival and remodeled recordings a year, such as the release of the final 50th anniversary of their studio album, “Workingman’s Dead.”
And the Dead have now entered the world of podcasts. Lemieux said that 25 years after the grateful dead ceased to die grateful, their podcast – The Good Ol ‘Deadcast Grateful – is the number one podcast in music.
Lemieux said there was nothing discussed about Grateful Dead music: “They went out every night, played honestly and that meant some nights were not as good as others. And that meant some nights where magic hit really, you can see one of the biggest live shows you will ever see. And that happened a little bit with The Grateful Dead. “
The Grateful Dead perform “Sugar Magnolia”, “Scarlet Begonias” and “Mountain Fire” at Winterland Arena in San Francisco, 12/31/78:
Outside of his 30-year career with Grateful Dead, Garcia has been involved in several projects ranging from jazz to bluegrass in folk to rock. Captain Trips (as he was once known) starred with artists such as Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Etta James.
But it was before the Dead that Garcia gained his lasting fame. And as he told Rolling Stone magazine in 1989, “Success has never been part of our schedule, exactly. It’s a kind of happy surprise.”