“On the evening of the 1995 Grateful Dead concert in Birmingham, Katie Moellering was shelving books. She was becoming increasingly disgruntled as she watched a stream of bright colors and happy faces pass through her view from inside the downtown Birmingham Public Library. A mere four blocks from the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center, the library was a great place to watch Deadheads on their pilgrimage to the concert hall.” (via Al.com)
“Tempting as it may be to hum “Truckin’ ” while visiting the Grateful Dead archive at UC Santa Cruz – you know, “what a long, strange trip it’s been …” – the exhibit itself really isn’t that long nor all that strange. What it is, at core, is thorough.
The public archive, though afforded just two rooms on the second floor of McHenry Library, nonetheless houses a treasure trove of Deadheadnalia, presented in such a wonderfully nostalgia-laden way you’d think they were pumping patchouli oil (or some other potent substance) through the heating vents.”
“A right hand missing an index finger reaches out toward the reference desk in the main library at UC Santa Cruz. Any Grateful Dead fan will instantly recognize this sculpture as the strumming hand of Jerry Garcia. Minus the digit from the wood-chopping accident, the hand seems to be grabbing for his followers to pull them into Room 2120 at McHenry Library, heretofore known as Dead Central. A repurposed classroom with glass walls, Dead Central is the 1,400-square-foot display case for the Grateful Dead Archive. It opens to the public Friday with a free concert on the green outside the library by Moonalice, a jam band that borrows from the Dead’s improvisational style.”
Internet Archive Blog – “We just hit a milestone: 100,000 free concert recordings from over 5,200 bands!”
Gothamist – “In honor of the New York Historical Society’s upcoming Grateful Dead exhibition, the Empire State Building is going to be tie dye tomorrow. At press time, we were unable to confirm how in the world this was going to happen, short of dosing the entire city with acid and hoping everyone sees beautiful melting colors shining off the building.”
As I blog this, “Good Lovin'” from 12/27/1977 is playing in my ear. 😉