Formed in 1965, just as the Hippie movement was gaining a foothold in the American consciousness, The Grateful Dead became the spokesmen for an entire generation of youth. Their staying power and longevity must be marveled upon at least, if not genuinely praised. Fronted by Jerry Garcia – with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart rounding out a definitive lineup – The Dead undeniably invented the Jam Band genre. In the process they won over legions of fans that would follow them round the county from show to show to “turn on, tune in, drop out” – earning them the moniker “Deadheads”!
Known for heavy drug intake and, most notably, for largely improvised live shows consisting of long jam sessions on already established tunes. There is a whole community of Deadheads who record, collect and swap alternate takes and versions of Grateful Dead shows – a prime example of the fans loyalty.
Now, while I can recognize and appreciate the influence of the Grateful Dead and of their accomplishments, I have to admit that they are not my cup of tea. I don’t actively dislike them, like some other bands out there; they just do nothing for me. The point I’m getting to is that I don’t want to do blog post for something I’m not familiar with. So, I’d like to enlist you guys to help me out on this one.
I know they have a bazillion albums, songs and live pressings/recordings – so narrowing it down will be a chore – but what we want from you is your top 5 favorite Grateful Dead songs. Let us know in the comments here on this blog or on Facebook. Let’s keep it nice and polite but don’t be afraid to get passionate.
Make sure to share with your fellow Deadheads so they can get in on the fun too. Top 5 Favorite Grateful Dead songs… and Go!