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October 27, 2008 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Merl Saunders, a keyboardist best known for his collaborations with Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia, died Friday at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco of complications from a stroke he had several years ago. Saunders was 74. A musician who worked in a variety of genres in a long and varied career, Saunders played piano and keyboard but favored the Hammond B3 organ. He led his own bands and worked with an array of musicians, including the blues-oriented Bonnie Raitt and B.B.
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July 16, 2011 | Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
In a Burbank shop in the 1970s, Travis Bean reinvented the electric guitar. To enhance string vibration, he suggested making the instrument's neck and headstock out of solid aluminum instead of wood. The resulting guitars, manufactured for only five years, remain prized for their unique tone and durability. Among the famous who have strummed them are Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead – whose Travis Bean guitar was auctioned for $312,000 in 2007 – and many of the Rolling Stones.
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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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November 9, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
June 17, 2004 | Randy Lewis
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.
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August 14, 1995 | Times Wire Services
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.
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July 10, 1992 | GAILE ROBINSON
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.
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August 4, 1996 | Steve Hochman
Orson Welles, in his role as pitchman for a winery, was famous for his line about not selling any wine before its time. Well, the time for a Grateful Dead wine has apparently come. Bottles of Dead Red--with the band's familiar red, white and blue skull and lightning-bolt logo on the label and dancing skeletons around the seal--are on their way to stores right now, with four more series of releases using Dead iconography coming between now and Christmas.
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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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October 27, 2008 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Merl Saunders, a keyboardist best known for his collaborations with Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia, died Friday at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco of complications from a stroke he had several years ago. Saunders was 74. A musician who worked in a variety of genres in a long and varied career, Saunders played piano and keyboard but favored the Hammond B3 organ. He led his own bands and worked with an array of musicians, including the blues-oriented Bonnie Raitt and B.B.
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July 24, 2008 | From the Associated Press
When the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra warms up a week from Friday, the musicians will be clad in their usual summer attire: white dinner jackets and bow ties for the men, white tops and black skirts or slacks for the women. Tie-dye might be more appropriate. On the day Jerry Garcia would have turned 66, the venerable orchestra will welcome more than 2,000 Deadheads to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for the world premiere of "Dead Symphony No. 6," the first orchestral work inspired by the music of the Grateful Dead.
NEWS
February 8, 2007
Garcia suit: Deborah Koons Garcia, widow of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, is suing a limited liability corporation composed of his beneficiaries to gain access to tapes of her husband's performances. The suit is the latest in a prolonged battle among Garcia's beneficiaries.
NEWS
June 17, 2004 | Randy Lewis
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.
BUSINESS
October 6, 2003 | From Associated Press
The Clos du Bois winery in Geyserville, Calif., is launching J. Garcia wines, which feature the Grateful Dead's late singer Jerry Garcia's artwork on its labels. Garcia's abstract creations have already graced T-shirts and neckties. "The first release to our distributors is sold out," winery spokesman Kelly Keasy said. The initial release consists of 50,000 cases of 2002 Sonoma County Chardonnay, 2000 Sonoma County Merlot and 2000 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon.
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January 1, 1996 | STEPHEN M.H. BRAITMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While touring the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts--immersed in that area's quaint and cultivated rusticity--my wife and I heard the news of Jerry Garcia's death. Garcia was the mainstay not only of one of the venerable bands of the 1960s, the Grateful Dead, but an inspiration to a continuing countercultural spirit. We called him "Jerry," with the intimacy of friendship, even though we were far from being "Deadhead" devotees.
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August 20, 1995 | Reuters
The body of legendary rock hero Jerry Garcia, leader of the Grateful Dead, has been cremated and his ashes will soon be scattered at sea. Dennis McNally, Garcia's publicist, said Saturday that plans were to scatter the ashes into the ocean from a boat off Marin County, where the rock star lived for 27 years. Garcia died Aug. 9 in a Marin County drug treatment center at age 53.
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September 8, 2002 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Eminem may not have much respect for Moby. But one of his close associates is paying sincere if unlikely homage to another bespectacled rock star. Proof, a rapper in Eminem's posse, D12, has made a solo album, "Searching for Jerry Garcia," that takes an earnest and sympathetic look at the life and death of the late Grateful Dead leader. Due Nov.
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