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August 10, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Jan Sawka, the Polish American artist and architect who designed for the Grateful Dead, has died at age 65. Sawka died Thursday after a heart attack in his studio and home in High Falls, N.Y., his family said in a statement. Sawka had 70 solo shows at international museums and galleries, and his paintings, posters and prints hang in more than 60 museums around the world. He had just completed a multimedia piece titled “The Voyage” set to tour next year with former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.
April 10, 2003 | Associated Press
Babatunde Olatunji, a Nigerian drummer whose decades of groundbreaking work were rooted in his native culture and influenced countless musicians, has died. He was 75. Olatunji died Sunday morning at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, according to nursing supervisor Lori White. Olatunji, who had been admitted March 25, lived at the nearby Esalen Institute in Big Sur. Though the cause of death was not released, Olatunji's daughter told the New York Times he died of complications from diabetes.
The World Festival of Sacred Music wound up a colorful, 16-day array of presentations Sunday night with a program celebrating the deep belief in community that has underscored the event from the beginning. Conceived in 1999 as a one-time series of concerts tied to the millennium, it now will return as an established, triennial offering.
July 19, 1998
MOVIES Jim Abrahams & Co. attack "The Godfather" and its ilk with "Mafia!" The spoof stars the late Lloyd Bridges as a klutzy underworld kingpin who must choose either his psychotic son (Jay Mohr) or his war hero son (Billy Burke) to take over his reins of power. It opens Friday in general release. JAZZ Bill Holman's arrangements are crowded, dense and consistently fascinating--yet they always swing. The veteran arranger utilizes (out of necessity) some of the most skilled jazz musicians around.
July 12, 1989 | SHIRLEY MARLOW
Instead of appearing before their usual audience of "Deadheads"--loyal fans of their band the Grateful Dead--Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Mickey Hart were the headliners at the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on Capitol Hill. The veteran rockers spoke about the need to make people more aware of the dangers of rain forest destruction. "I'm an earthling on this planet and it's my problem as much as anybody else's," Garcia said. Rep. Claudine Schneider (R-R.I.
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.
April 25, 1988 | HOLLY GLEASON
The Grateful Dead were their quirky old selves at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on Saturday night. Guitarist Jerry Garcia, looking like Father Time in a black T-shirt, was in especially fine form, playing solos that ranged from foot-stomping to caressing--and were always tasteful. No insecure showboating here. With material that spanned their 22-year career, the Dead had the crowd up and dancing from the moment they took the stage until they finished their second set nearly 3 1/2 hours later.
June 2, 1989
John Cipollina, a founder of the rock group Quicksilver Messenger Service that, with the Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, became the heart of the San Francisco rock scene in the 1960s, has died in Northern California of respiratory ailments. Cipollina, who suffered for years from emphysema, was taken to Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae after he became short of breath Monday evening at his home in Mill Valley, but efforts to save him failed. He was 45. He had been hospitalized last year for several months.
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