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Gym climber
Aug 1, 2013 - 06:22pm PT
With 70 years upon my head, to have you call me child...

Happy Birthday Old Man.

Now that is one spaced out dude:

Dark Star Named for Jerry Garcia

Asteroid (4442) Garcia
The Minor Planet Circular Citation:

(4442) Garcia = 1985 RB1
Discovered 1985 Sept 14 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Named in memory of Jerry Garcia (1942-1995), lead guitarist for the 'Grateful Dead'.
He was also a superb banjo player and steel pedal guitar player. His recorded works
embrace many styles, among them rock-and-roll, bluegrass and country, and experimental
electronic music. Garcia and the Grateful Dead have also sought to preserve endangered
and under-appreciated music.

Garcia was best known for his consummate musicianship and for live performance and
improvisations. Those embracing Garcia's music have now panned several generations,
attesting to the quality and timelessness of his music. Name proposed by T. Gehrels,
following a suggestion by S. Radford. Citation prepared by E. Olszewski and S. Radford.

Orbit Elements (MPC 16219):

(4442) 1985 RB1 = 1988 BC5
Epoch 1999 Jan. 22.0 TT = JDT 2451200.5 (M-P) Williams
M 19.49637 (2000.0) P Q
n 0.18994928 Peri. 264.46907 -0.94705461 +0.20238887
a 2.9971671 Node 287.02127 -0.07031730 -0.88820543
e 0.2493994 Incl. 15.10981 -0.31327790 -0.41246800
P 5.19 H 12.7 G 0.15
From 22 observations at 4 oppositions 1978-1988.


Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Sep 24, 2013 - 09:30pm PT

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind!!

Gym climber
Sep 24, 2013 - 11:57pm PT
WooHoo, I just found out, I'm going to see Furthur this Sunday!

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Sep 30, 2013 - 10:56pm PT
totally burned out
my lovelight.

gotta go re-kindle that shite.

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Sep 30, 2013 - 11:05pm PT
Ship of fools . . . on a cruel sea . . .

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Oct 16, 2013 - 10:23pm PT

The Granite State.
Oct 16, 2013 - 11:07pm PT
Happy Birthday Bobby!!!

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Oct 23, 2013 - 10:03am PT
james Colborn

Trad climber
Truckee, Ca
Oct 23, 2013 - 10:15am PT
I have been to more than my share of Dead shows starting in the early 80's.
I went to a Further show at the Greek a few weeks ago and realized I must of been a Jerry fan.

Gym climber
Oct 23, 2013 - 10:43am PT
I saw Furthur at the Greek too. Totally Awesome. The Wharf Rat in the first set brought me to tears.

And yeah, I'm a total Jerry fan. Seeing every line-up of the "Dead" after Jerry flew the coop just reaffirms to me how much he gave us--so many melodies, song after song... But JohnK, the new lead, has taken those melodies to new heights, and I love being there to hear 'em.

I'm also listening to last year's NYE show. Man, what a show they put on!

Anybody have favorite shows?
james Colborn

Trad climber
Truckee, Ca
Oct 23, 2013 - 10:57am PT
Further just did not do it for me. The back up singers drove home the point that no one center stage could sing. I realize now why the Dead never let Phil sing. It was rare that he sang, so maybe it was more of a treat BITD. There are so many other bands I would rather see live now that out perform these guys. Just my opinion.

Gym climber
Oct 23, 2013 - 11:57am PT
Wow james, sounds like you're on a bum rush. But, what other good bands are touring these days? I love to hear live music. I was lucky to see a Tool show a couple years ago. Now that was knock-down amazing. Just saw the Psychedelic Furs, that was more of a hoot than I imagined. Seeing Adrian Bird in Nov...

As for Furthur, I don't like to compare them to the Dead with Garcia, I just enjoy the tunes they make. I like 'em live, and I have some recordings that are outstanding. But you can put them down if you like, I prefer to look at the bright spots. Lesh's bass playing is just unreal, and the more I get to see him live, the luckier I feel.


Gym climber
sawatch choss
Nov 3, 2013 - 10:21pm PT
The Lives They Lived: Jerry Garcia;The False Notes He Never Played
By Ken Kesey
Published: December 31, 1995

HEY, JERRY -- What's happening? I caught your funeral. Weird. Big Steve was good. And Grisman. Sweet sounds. But what really stood out -- stands out -- is the thundering silence, the lack, the absence of that golden Garcia lead line, of that familiar slick lick with the up-twist at the end, that merry snake twining through the woodpile, flickering in and out of the loosely stacked chords . . . a wriggling mystery, bright and slick as fire . . . suddenly gone.

And the silence left in its wake was -- is -- positively earsplitting.

Now they want me to say something about the absence, Jer. Tell some backstage story, share some poignant reminiscence. But I have to tell you, man: I find myself considerably disinclined. I mean, why break such an eloquent silence?

I remember standing out in the pearly early dawn after the Muir Beach Acid Test, leaning on the top rail of a driftwood fence with you and Lesh and Babbs, watching the world light up, talking about our glorious futures. The gig had been semi-successful, and the air was full of exulted fantasies. Babbs whacks Phil on the back.

"Just like the big time, huh, Phil."

"It is! It is the big time! Why, we could cut a chart-busting record tomorrow!"

I was even more optimistic. "Hey, we taped tonight's show. We could release a record tomorrow."

"Yeah, right" -- holding up that digitally challenged hand the way you did when you wanted to call attention to the truth or the lack thereof -- "and a year from tomorrow be recording a 'Things Go Better With Coke' commercial."

You could be a sharp-tongued popper of balloons when you were so inclined, you know. You were the sworn enemy of hot air and commercials, however righteous the cause or lucrative the product. Nobody ever heard you use that microphone as a pulpit. No antiwar rants, no hymns to peace. No odes to the trees and All Things Organic. No ego deaths or born-againness. No devils denounced, no gurus glorified. No dogmatic howlings that I ever caught wind of. In fact, your steadfast denial of dogma was as close as you ever came to having a creed.

And to the very end, Old Timer, you were true to that creed. No commercials. No trendy spins. No bayings of belief. And if you did have any dogma, you surely kept it tied up under the back porch, where a smelly old hound belongs.

I guess that's what I mean about a loud silence. Like Michelangelo said about sculpting, the statue exists inside the block of marble -- all you have to do is chip away the stone you don't need. You were always chipping away at the superficial.

It was the false notes you didn't play that kept that lead line so golden pure. It was the words you didn't sing. So this is what we are left with, Jerry: this golden silence. It rings on and on without any hint of letup. And I expect it will still be ringing years from now.

Because you're still not playing falsely. Because you're still not singing "Things Go Better With Coke."

Ever your friend, Keez


Gym climber
Nov 5, 2013 - 09:35pm PT
^^^ Kesey's words, wow. The golden silence.

Some RS funnies and a cool Garcia interview:

Jerry Garcia Gets Animated Over Acid Tests

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Nov 5, 2013 - 09:48pm PT

Rare photo of Garica and Kesey together. Roll away the dew.


Gym climber
sawatch choss
Nov 5, 2013 - 09:56pm PT
Wow, fabulous series Kelly. I watched the Jerry one and then immediately clicked on another to hear David Foster Wallace.

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 7, 2013 - 11:40pm PT
Nice additions homies.

Farewell to you ol southern skies
I'm on my way
On my way!

Trad climber
Nov 10, 2013 - 12:25am PT
Credit: Pate

Gym climber
Nov 10, 2013 - 01:02pm PT
Funny how Garcia looks like Hendrix in that photo, and Kesey is a dead ringer for Brian Jones!

What's the last tape you listened to?

Nowadays I only listen to the Dead while driving long distances alone, so it might take a couple weeks to listen to one show. I'm currently in the middle of the "break" between sets in the last show in the Spring '77 box set they just released.

I haven't been all that impressed with the quality of the recordings in this set, but surely there's some killer moments. I'll know more after I listen to the last set in the box.

Before that, I totally dug the music from "So Glad You Made It," a 2 CD set from the Spring of '90. I didn't expect much (Garcia wasn't the sharpest during the band's later years), but Whoa! I changed my mind!! The band is especially crisp and they work their effects to perfection. Full sound, full value, I recommend a listen...

I have a lot of old reel-to-reels, and there's some wicked treasures buried in there (for example, the Go to Heaven outtakes are a gas--including a particularly sweet rendition of Althea). But I haven't listed to those ol' reels since my deck bit the dust. Now I listen exclusively to the officially issued CDs, dang there's so many and the sound is so good, hard to go back to those old tapes.

Happy listening!

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Nov 10, 2013 - 03:04pm PT
"All that could not sink or swim was just left there to float . . ."
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