10 Things You Need To Know About The Grateful Dead June 29 2016

As one of the most enduring bands in music history, The Grateful Dead changed the face of American rock music forever. Selling more than 35 million albums worldwide, their unique and eclectic style quickly attracted a devoted fan base known as “Deadheads” that continues to worship the psychedelic genre to this day. Test your knowledge of the band and read our 10 unique facts about the Grateful Dead below!

  • Jerry Garcia stumbled across the band name “Grateful Dead” while browsing through a folklore dictionary.
  • In 1967, the band’s Haight-Ashbury residence became the scene of a high-profile drug bust. The San Francisco Chronicle dubbed the story, “ROCK BAND BUSTED.”
  • Have you ever read the name “McGannahan Skjellyfetti” in the Grateful Dead’s album liner notes? This songwriting pseudonym was used to credit group-written compositions, such as “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion).”   
  • Owsley Stanley, also known as “Bear”, was an LSD icon in the Dead community who is widely credited for his assistance in the band’s design for the “Steal Your Face” logo.
  • According to legend, the Dead’s famed multicolored “dancing” bears were meant to be marching. This artwork made it’s debut on the 1973 album, “History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear’s Choice).”
  • While The Grateful Dead never won a Grammy, the band earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
  • In 1947, Jerry Garcia was involved in a wood-chopping accident where he lost most of his middle finger. Little did he know, his new handprint would become a signature logo for the band.
  • Aside from being an incredible musician, Garcia was also a phenomenal artist. His paintings and sketches can be found in the book “Harrington Street.”
  • While many Dead fans regard Phil Lesh as one of rock history’s greatest bass players, he actually joined the band as a classically trained trumpeter with no formal training in bass.
  • After the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995, the remaining Grateful Dead band members retired from the group. Many of them continue to play music together under different band names including Further, The Dead and The Other Ones.

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