But on the day Garcia died, fans couldn’t have known all the ways they would need to get their Grateful Dead fix today – from archival recordings to podcasts.
“There were definitely signs that the live community was always going to be there – the Grateful Dead community was going to be there,” David Lemieux, archivist and head of the group’s legacy, told CBS News Radio. “But to the extent that it is now, where there are so many bands playing Grateful Dead music, whether they are the original members or not, [they] are just a great way to consume Dead. ”
Listen to CBS News Radio’s report on the 25th anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s death:
The surviving band members continue to perform the band’s songbook, and several newcomers provide their own interpretations.
The band’s music is also widely available to stream on multiple platforms, including the Internet Archive and Spotify.
SiriusXM Satellite Radio has a dedicated channel for the dead.
The group releases several archival and remastered recordings per year, such as the recent 50th anniversary edition of their studio album, “Workingman’s Dead”.
And the dead have now entered the podcast world. Lemieux said that 25 years after the Grateful Dead ceased to be the Grateful Dead, their podcast – The Good Ol ‘Grateful Deadcast – is the number one music podcast in the country.
Lemieux said there was nothing artificial about the Grateful Dead’s music: “They were going out every night, playing honestly, and that meant some nights weren’t as good as others. And that meant that on certain nights, when the magic was really hitting, you could see one of the best live performances you had ever seen. And that has happened a lot with the Grateful Dead. ”
Les Grateful Dead interprètent « Sugar Magnolia », « Scarlet Begonias » et « Fire on the Mountain » au Winterland Arena de San Francisco, 31/12/78:
Outside of his 30-year career with the Grateful Dead, Garcia has been involved in a number of projects ranging from jazz and bluegrass to folk and rock. Captain Trips (as he was once known) has performed with artists such as Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Etta James.
But it was in the face of the dead that Garcia gained his lasting fame. And as he told Rolling Stone magazine in 1989, “Success was never on our agenda, exactly. It’s sort of a nice surprise. “