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Grateful Dead foundations help save archive

June 05, 2004

UC Santa Cruz says it has received $10,000 each from two foundations established by members of the rock group the Grateful Dead to help preserve the archive of the late composer Lou Harrison.

The money will be used to pay remaining taxes and legal costs so that none of the archival materials stored at the university library will have to be sold, the school said.

Harrison, best known for his pioneering fusion of Eastern and Western musical traditions, died in February 2003.

"The Grateful Dead all knew and recognized the contributions of Lou Harrison, and they performed on programs with him," said Fredric Lieberman, a music professor at UC Santa Cruz.

The donations came from the Rex Foundation, founded by the Grateful Dead and friends in 1984, and the Unbroken Chain Foundation, established in 1997 by Phil and Nancy Lesh.

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