August 14, 1995 |
The psychedelic sounds and sights and the sweet pungent smell of a Grateful Dead concert filled the air Sunday as thousands gathered for a Jerry Garcia memorial in Golden Gate Park. The taped mix of Dead songs, alternately upbeat and sad, had the roughly 20,000 people either twirling and dancing, or crying. "He filled this world full of clouds of joy. Just take a little bit of that and reflect it back up to him," fellow Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir told the crowd, which erupted in applause.
August 10, 1995 |
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.
November 9, 1989 |
The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia says just say yes to legalizing drugs. "It's the obvious solution," he says in a Rolling Stone interview. "Greed and the desire to take drugs are two separate things. If you want to separate the two, the thing you do is make drugs legal. Accept the reality that people do want to change their consciousness and make an effort to make safer, healthier drugs." Later in the same interview, Garcia says he is glad he has beaten his own drug problem.
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August 25, 2001 |
A Marin County Superior Court has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that disputes the ownership of Jerry Garcia's guitars. Grateful Dead Productions, the Novato-based company representing the surviving band members, had asked the judge to dismiss Doug Irwin's lawsuit for rights to the guitars, known as Wolf, Tiger, Rosebud, Headless and Wolf Jr. The guitars could be worth millions on the collectors market.
June 17, 2004 |
The breadth of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia's musical tastes can be heard in a series of concert recordings being released in the wake of a solution to the legal wrangling that arose after his 1995 death. "He had a phenomenal knowledge of all popular American music," the Dead's official historian, Dennis McNally, told Reuters. When he wasn't at one of the 80 or so shows the group averaged each year, Garcia often performed solo, and his archives hold about 550 tapes from those concerts.
July 10, 1992 |
Deadheads take note: Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead fame has formed a capitalist enterprise to dress Establishment-types. Seems Garcia's artwork (he's quite the Renaissance man) was spotted in a Soho gallery by tie manufacturer Irwin Sternberg, president of Stonehenge Ltd. With a little prodding and cajoling, Garcia was persuaded to turn his art into tie graphics. The eight-piece J. Garcia collection will make its retail debut at Bloomingdale's Manhattan store next week.