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Re: Grateful Dead Inspired

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Just finished listening to Dicks picks 8... hot dang what a great show.. Love the acoustic set to start things off. Also, looking forward to whatever you create!

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Binghamton is a great show, I don't listen to that one enough. Thanks for the inspiration.

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Right, I'll never get he Dead but I just can't get the Goldberg Variations out of my head.

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Re: Grateful Dead Inspired

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As much as I love the Dead...I do tend to turn the volume down a few notches when I start to hear Weir sing..

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A bumpy learning curve?


Yes, a bumpy learning curve.

As of 1970, they were $100,000 in debt to their record company, Warner Brothers, over studio time.

Then their manager, Mickey Hart's stepdad, absconded with at least that much money. I don't recall the details, but they never got the money back.

1973, they decided to own their own record company. Just in time for OPEC to come on the scene and send the price of oil- and in turn, virgin vinyl for record pressing- to skyrocket. So their own record company lasted around three years.

The band wanted to do distribution with Good Humor trucks instead of wholesaling to record stores, but that was just whimsy, ultimately. They were only serious about it for a few days.

The first record the Dead put out under their own label, Wake of the Flood, was bootlegged by people with the New Jersey Mafia. (I own one- it has a track listing on the back cover, unlike the original. Same quasi-Gothic script as the rest of the lettering.) So there's that, too.

There was even a bit of preliminary investigation into pursuing an experiment in early digital recording technology, using a pyramid-shaped record and, yes, a laser to read it. They've always been Idea People. Absence of available venture capital notwithstanding.

Oh yeah, another manager decamped with around $150,000, around 1976.

There was no GDP until the 1980s. The original Grateful Dead t-shirts (and still the greatest, imo) came from Kelley & Mouse's Monster T-Shirt studios. The famous Skull & Roses design. (Mouse got his start doing all of that Big Daddy Roth hot rod art in the early 1960s.)

The first "Steal Your Face" (Robert Thomas design) t-shirts I ever saw were bootlegs, 1973. The Dead didn't go all in with the Stealie thing until GDP got up and running.

The GD had "official concert tees" in the late 1970s and early 1980s through Brockum, who ran off artwork for all nearly of the bands in that era. Brockum was practically a monopoly for a while there. Then bands started getting their own merchandising wings.

The Dead do have total control over some of their designs, like the front top-view skull design known as the Stealie, the 13-sided lightning bolt divider, the words "Grateful Dead", and some other intellectual property. But lots of Dead-inspired merch is still unofficially sold. The parking lot police were always mainly after the big players in the bootlegging business.

I was never in any part of the business end of it, myself. This recollection is simply my steel-trap memory, honed by decades of fandom and around 80 shows between 1973 and 1994.


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Meh should be in OT

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agree

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Have yet to have a pro sketch this up but any thoughts?

Rough Draft 2

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I can dig it.

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