The other day in the Dead & Company thread on Facebook, some guy was complaining about getting a hard time from older Heads because he never saw Jerry and so would never get the real experience, yadda yadda... He thought this was especially unfair because he wasn't even born till 1997.
Whenever we each got on the bus, we've all heard something similar, with people pontificating that we can't possibly be Dead Heads because we never saw a)Jerry b)Pigpen c)Keith and Donna ....
We were all new once. So welcome, new Heads AND old ones. Tell your tales here.
I'm with dwlemen:
"It would be sad to think that the scene is predestined to die as those who were there to see Jerry live ultimately pass"
There is a whole second generation of my extended family getting WAY into this; if this really IS anything, it is about something that goes on (and on).
Have a beautiful, groovy time and may the four winds blow you safely home
I'm sure you will have the time of your life!!! Do report back and let us all know how your experience went!
Stay Grateful My Friend,
Today is the day and I'm overly excited! Thanks for the warm welcome!
This is absolutely the right place. Welcome!
Expect to be blown away
Listen carefully with total abandonment
Breathe in the music through your soul
Prepare for the trip of a life time
and one more thing...
Don't talk during drums and space.
Peace, and welcome aboard the bus.
So my first show is actually Tuesday in ATL and I have no idea what to expect. I won't lie, JM brought me here but Jerry made me stay (I adore JM but the crunchy grooves of Jerry is something I wish I could have witnessed live.) I'm interested to know what I should expect, the biggest no-no's, if anyone else if going to the show, if people would like to meet up. It's my gf and I are driving up from FL to come witness the magic happen. I've only recently been getting more interested in the Dead but it's been hard find likeminded people to help us navigate this vast wide ocean! I've watched the Bob Weir doc and that's what's been fueling the fire for me to enjoy myself Tuesday, but it's always more enjoyable to have good people around who know more about the ins and out than I. If this is the wrong place to post this I'm sorry. I just saw the post and though it would be cool to post something here cause its relatable to us cause we are both in our 20s!
I like Amir.
Saw this article/interview with the director of the "Long Strange Trip" documentary. He had a reply relevant to this thread:
JamBase: So, this scene was obviously a big thing growing up. What’s your live show experience: in the hundreds? 50? Or a few here and there?
Amir Bar-Lev: You know, this sounds kind of a dickey thing to say but I’m getting a bit tired of talking about how many shows I’ve been to! I think the whole jam band world is too status conscious. We shouldn’t be asking each other about how many shows we have seen unless it’s really germane. I’m happy to discuss the film and my thinking behind it and the underpinnings of it, but who really cares how many shows I’ve seen? I’m not in the film. Why do we always talk about that?
JamBase: It’s funny, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard this in a Dead related interview. Bill Walton kept chewing me out for a similar thing. He kept saying, “There you go again trying to rate and rank everything.” I guess for people like me who grew up with jam bands around the same time as the internet really coming about, our age group wants to know all the stats. We want to know the best versions of everything and we want to know about all the best shows. I think it helps focus your attention on the listening.
But I agree with you on the status thing. I was mainly asking you that to get some context of how deep in the weeds we could go with this interview. I always thought that was stupid though and basically a way for a bunch of nerds to put themselves on a pedestal in this arbitrary hierarchy.
Amir Bar-Lev: [laughs] Yeah, I’m with Bill on this matter. The ratings and the rankings are anathema to what our whole scene should be about, because with live music, the whole point of it is getting as close to being in the now as we possibly can. So, when people start to advertise how many shows they have been to, it becomes a way of one-upping each other — it’s hierarchical. It should be illegal to ask another Deadhead how many Dead shows they have been to.
Whole interview is here:
where i was when JFK was shot, doesn't make me any better than anyone else, just marked an era.
One up-man-ship exists everywhere, even in GD lore, although it seems a bit more less prevalent in the deadhead scene. I think many of us are eager to share the stories of the days gone by, if for no other reason than to re-experience and/or relive the memory.
I wonder if an of the splinter groups playing cover songs have a pecking order, i.e. Bobby sat in with us on NYE or Mickey played drums in the second set, or Phil invited me me me to TXR.
It seems that the rock and roll ego comes and goes, as does the elitism for who was at Woodstock or Cornell 77, as does who saw Pigpen. BMOGDCampus and all that jazz. Folks who wear the ego cloak in life wear it no matter what, folks who are more prone to tell matter of factly what went on, without the braggado and pompous tone, are interested in sharing rather than puffing up their chests, and those who do not have stories but are learning the scene, well, they are the meat and potatoes of the future.
Amy is spot on, waay up in new York: it's about how you feel and how you express it in everyday life. Be open to the music, the debate, the tuning, and the tales, we are all half full or empty anyway.
I for one am very happy the Good Old Grateful Dead kept following me around way back when. Too bad they took that disco break in the mid 80's. And I'm doubly happy and satisfied that Dead & Co, the numerous offshoots on stage as well as you reading this are here now to keep the music alive. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it until they steal my face once again....