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March 5, 2010 | By Josh Getlin
Even if you're a card-carrying Deadhead, your first response to the new exhibit of Grateful Dead history and memorabilia that opens Friday at the New-York Historical Society might be summed up in one word: Why? Why, in an august building filled with busts and portraits of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Alexander Hamilton -- in New York's oldest museum, to be exact -- is there a room packed with posters from the Fillmore East, rock guitars, videos of kids lining up to buy concert tickets and tie-dyed T-shirts?
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August 19, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Levi Strauss & Co. staged a full-on flashback to 1972 on Saturday, staging a music festival on a 40-acre estate in Topanga Canyon that included throwback bands, retro booze, tie-dye and flower-crown stations and lots and lots of slinky, hip-hugging, flare-legged denim. Dubbed Levi's Party in Your Pants, the daylong affair was the kickoff of the San Francisco-based jeans maker's marketing campaign for its new  -- well, old and new -- Orange Tab collection, a painstakingly faithful re-creation of a collection that Levi's introduced in 1969 and made until the late '70s.
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May 22, 2012 | By Chris Barton
In a match made in what's surely somebody's idea of musical heaven, the Long Beach Opera will take a sidelong look toward the Grateful Dead with a Sunday screening of Jim Kohlberg's "The Music Never Stopped. " The film, which was an entry in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, acts as a sort of stage-setter for the company's production of Michael Nyman's "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," an opera based on the work of Dr. Oliver Sacks by the same name. Also inspired by a case study by Sacks called "The Last Hippie,"  "The Music Never Stopped" is the story of a man who finds himself mentally stuck in the 1960s, a condition that results in his only being able to communicate while listening to the music of that era -- specifically his favorite band, the Grateful Dead.
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December 31, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Grateful Dead experts can talk at length about the band's varying periods, be it the band's jazzy, never-ending folk excursions or its blues-rock roots. But regardless of the era, if you have ever listened and enjoyed any of it, and then thought, 'I wonder how this would taste,' now is your time to speak up.  Delaware's adventurous Dogfish Head Brewery is in the final stages of soliciting ingredients from fans for its American Beauty, a pale ale it is concocting with the help of surviving members of the Grateful Dead.
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November 12, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart says he and other members of the band never really understood the forces that turned them into a 30-year cultural phenomenon. "It was an alchemical thing," Hart said. "It's for other people to decide our fate in history, our place in the culture." That is exactly why fans, followers and some of those who were in the inner circle of the Grateful Dead plan to travel to the University of Massachusetts for three days beginning Friday. This is no music festival.
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December 31, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Grateful Dead experts can talk at length about the band's varying periods, be it the band's jazzy, never-ending folk excursions or its blues-rock roots. But regardless of the era, if you have ever listened and enjoyed any of it, and then thought, 'I wonder how this would taste,' now is your time to speak up.  Delaware's adventurous Dogfish Head Brewery is in the final stages of soliciting ingredients from fans for its American Beauty, a pale ale it is concocting with the help of surviving members of the Grateful Dead.
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January 19, 1990
The Grateful Dead has agreed to postpone three concerts at the Forum in February to give authorities more time to improve security there because of the death of a college student at the group's concert last month in the Inglewood facility. The number of police officers and security guards will be increased outside the Forum at future Grateful Dead concerts. Officials also said restrictions on camping and selling merchandise in the parking lot will be more stringently enforced.
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July 27, 1990 | From United Press International
Brent Mydland, keyboard player for the Grateful Dead, one of the most enduring of rock bands, died Thursday at his home, the band's publicist said. He was 38. It was not known how Mydland died, but he was pronounced dead at his Contra Costa County home northeast of San Francisco shortly after 10:30 a.m., authorities said. "We don't really know how Brent died and, as of now, we believe it was an accidental death," said Dennis McNally, longtime publicist for the band.
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January 5, 1990
The future of Grateful Dead concerts at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood is in limbo this week as representatives of the city, the arena and the rock band hold discussions about last month's concert during which a Fountain Valley teen-ager died in police custody. Another fan's death was believed to be drug-related. The group has a city permit to perform Feb.
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June 5, 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.
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July 1, 2012 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
Deadheads everywhere have a reason to go to the library. UC Santa Cruz opened a rare kind of exhibit to the public on Friday to display the loads of papers, art and artifacts that make up the university's Grateful Dead archive. Appropriately, the refurbished former classroom on the main floor of the university's McHenry Library has already been christened "Dead Central. " One band member says the new Grateful Dead gallery belongs as much to the fans who helped build it as the scholars who will pore over its materials.
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May 22, 2012 | By Chris Barton
In a match made in what's surely somebody's idea of musical heaven, the Long Beach Opera will take a sidelong look toward the Grateful Dead with a Sunday screening of Jim Kohlberg's "The Music Never Stopped. " The film, which was an entry in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, acts as a sort of stage-setter for the company's production of Michael Nyman's "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," an opera based on the work of Dr. Oliver Sacks by the same name. Also inspired by a case study by Sacks called "The Last Hippie,"  "The Music Never Stopped" is the story of a man who finds himself mentally stuck in the 1960s, a condition that results in his only being able to communicate while listening to the music of that era -- specifically his favorite band, the Grateful Dead.
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September 8, 2011 | By Melinda Newman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
No to caskets, sanitary napkins and rolling papers. Yes to snowboards, skateboards and wine. After closely guarding their music and logos for decades, the surviving members of the Grateful Dead are significantly increasing their merchandising and licensing deals. The pioneering jam band's music has appeared in at least four movies since April, and over the last several months, the number of licensees has increased 20%, including new deals with Burton snowboards, Dregs skateboards and Wines That Rock.
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March 15, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Nearly everyone familiar with the history of the 1960s has heard of Timothy Leary and Ken Kesey , the pranksters who spread the gospel of psychedelics to the countercultural generation. But far fewer remember Owsley Stanley. Stanley, who died Saturday at age 76, was arguably as pivotal as Leary and Kesey for altering minds in the turbulent '60s. Among a legion of youthful seekers, his name was synonymous with the ultimate high as a copious producer of what Rolling Stone once called "the best LSD in the world ?
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March 5, 2010 | By Josh Getlin
Even if you're a card-carrying Deadhead, your first response to the new exhibit of Grateful Dead history and memorabilia that opens Friday at the New-York Historical Society might be summed up in one word: Why? Why, in an august building filled with busts and portraits of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Alexander Hamilton -- in New York's oldest museum, to be exact -- is there a room packed with posters from the Fillmore East, rock guitars, videos of kids lining up to buy concert tickets and tie-dyed T-shirts?
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August 5, 2009 | Chloe Veltman
When Blair Jackson first heard that the Georgia-based composer Lee Johnson had written a suite for symphony orchestra based on 10 songs by the Grateful Dead, he was unimpressed. "There is a long and ignoble tradition of butchering rock songs by rearranging them in lame and unimaginative 'classical' settings.
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August 10, 1995 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Grateful Dead founder Jerry Garcia, the enduring musical guru for legions of loyal fans over four decades, died early Wednesday morning, just a week after his 53rd birthday. Garcia died of an apparent heart attack while under treatment at a drug rehabilitation facility in Novato, Calif., where he was reportedly attempting to end a recurring heroin habit. His body was found in his room by a counselor at the Serenity Knolls drug rehabilitation center at 4:23 a.m. Attempts to revive him failed.
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January 5, 1990 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The future of Grateful Dead concerts at the Forum is in limbo this week as representatives of the city, the Inglewood arena and the rock band hold discussions about last month's concert during which a Fountain Valley teen-ager died in police custody and another fan died from injuries believed to be drug related. The Grateful Dead have a city permit to perform Feb.
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July 26, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
John "Marmaduke" Dawson had original tunes in his pocket and a guitar in his hand in 1969 when a buddy just learning to play pedal steel guitar often joined his weekly gig at the Underground, a Bay Area hofbrau house. The friend was Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, and those sessions set the stage for the New Riders of the Purple Sage, a group they considered "the original psychedelic cowboy band."
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May 11, 2009 | August Brown and Jeff Weiss
Jerry Garcia might have died 15 years ago, but ambling through the parking lot of the Forum on Saturday night, you'd have been hard pressed to know he's gone. Two hours before the Dead's first L.A. show in more than a half a decade, the sun-scorched asphalt was already swarming with people. The scene was a cross between a Renaissance Faire, a Bedouin crossing and the world's most pot-addled family reunion.
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