HAPPY JERRY DAY 2020! (CORONAVIRUS! Part 61 – Saturday)

(CORONAVIRUS! Part 61 – Saturday)


Jerry Garcia

Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia
August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995

Ghosts of old friends
Remind me of the good times
We had together.

Saturday, August 1, 2020 – HAPPY JERRY DAY 2020!

“Rabbit Rabbit”

August 1 is the 214th day of the year (leap year). Only 152 days until 2021.


The Warlocks formed in Palo Alto, California, in 1965

August 10th. We are going to post this Blog Post today.
We started it on the 31st and we’ve been adding to it all last week.


“Once in awhile, you get shown the light,
in the strangest of places, if you look at it right.”


Jerry Garcia – Egypt 1978

“There is a road, no simple highway,
between the dawn and the dark of night,
and if you go, no one may follow, that path is for your steps alone”


“Magic is what we do. Music is how we do it.”


Keep on Truckin’
(Grateful Dead 1965-95)



“West L.A. fade away, west l.a. fade away
Big red light on the highway, little green light on the freeway.”


John and Jerry – Gone Too Soon

Jerome John Garcia was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist,
best known for being a principal songwriter, the lead guitarist and a vocalist
with the rock band the Grateful Dead, of which he was a founding member
and which came to prominence during the counterculture of the 1960s
– Wikipedia


“I mean, whatever kills you kills you,
and your death is authentic no matter how you die.”


Jerry died from a heart attack on August 9, 1995 at the age of 53.

“When you go down to deep elem to have a little fun
Have your ten dollars ready when the police man comes”


Deadheads for Obama!

Jerry would have wanted you to VOTE against fascism!


Inside the brown briefcase were miscellaneous papers, as described in Garcia’s arrest report. It was booked as evidence at the Richmond Police Station on Jan. 18, 1985 after police busted Garcia for drug possession in Golden Gate Park.

Shady Grove, my little love
Shady Grove, I know
Shady Grove, my little love
I’m bound for Shady Grove


The Grateful Dead Movie 1977 directed by Jerry Garcia

Dark star crashes, pouring its light into ashes

Reason tatters, the forces tear loose from the axis
Searchlight casting for faults in the clouds of delusion
Shall we go, you and I while we can
Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds?
Mirror shatters in formless reflections of matter
Glass hand dissolving in ice, petal flowers revolving
Lady in velvet recedes in the nights of good-bye
Shall we go, you and I while we can
Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds?


There were days
And there were days
And there were days between
Polished like a golden bowl
The finest ever seen
Hearts of Summer held in trust
Still tender, young and green
Left on shelves collecting dust
Not knowing what they mean
Valentines of flesh and blood
As soft as velveteen
Hoping love would not forsake
The days that lie between lie between


“Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.”


If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung
Would you hear my voice come through the music
Would you hold it near as it were your own?


In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked Jerry Garcia 13th
on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”


“Don’t cry now, don’t you cry, don’t you cry anymore.
Sleep in the stars, don’t you cry, dry your eyes on the wind.”


Janis Joplin

“I said death don’t have no mercy in this land.
Death will leave you standing and crying in this land”


Jerry was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Grateful Dead in 1994. He didn’t attend the ceremony, so the band brought a cardboard cutout of Garcia on stage for the award. In 2015, Robert Hunter and Garcia were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


“Let there be songs to fill the air!”


“Every silver lining has a touch of grey.”


In 1987, Vermont ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s
named their Cherry Garcia flavor and dedicated it to him.


Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Ice Cream


Jerry Garcia Ties

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Grateful Dead KLOS 95.5 Rainbow Sticker 1982

Grateful Dead KLOS 95.5 Rainbow Sticker
UCLA Pauley Pavilion 1982
Set 1 Shakedown Street-> Minglewood Blues, Friend Of The Devil-> Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Bird Song-> Little Red Rooster, Bertha-> Women Are Smarter
Set 2 China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider-> Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Stella Blue-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Brokedown Palace (Casey Jones)



“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art! – Get a FREE TICKET to the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz!

“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art! (for the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz, California)

Just a little Sunday afternoon doodle and I get a FREE TICKET to the Museum! Haven’t done any envelope art in a very long time….

Pencil, Ink, Highlighters and Sharpies on White #10 Envelope:


“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center
705 Front Street • Santa Cruz • CA • 95060 • (831) 429-1964

Grateful Dead Fanmail Contest:


Dear Jerry Exhibition: May 1 – August 23, 2015


See more Fan Art at the Grateful Dead Archive Online (at UC Santa Cruz): http://www.gdao.org/fan-art

UPDATE! 19 June 2015 – email received from Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History!

Congratulations! We received your decorated envelope and you have won two free passes to the MAH and our Dear Jerry Exhibition. Your envelope was also chosen as one of our favorite entrees, so you have also won a copy of “Dead Letters” by Paul Grushkin. All will be available to pick up at will call (the museum front desk 🙂

Fare thee well,

Marcus Frost
Director of Development & Communications
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
831.429.1964 x7031

UPDATE 15 September 2015 – I visited the museum on my August Road Trip to pick it up, but the book had been put in an office for safekeeping and could not be found, so they mailed it to me yesterday. I also walked into an amazing flower show at the museum on the day I was there!

Road Trip! MAH - Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center in Santa Cruz

MAH! Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center in Santa Cruz

Thank you! Thank you MAH!

"Dead Letters" Book by Paul Grushkin

“Dead Letters” Book by Paul Grushkin

When I was in Santa Cruz, I was able to get a few “Dear Jerry” promotional postcards too.

MAH "Dear Jerry" Postcard - front

MAH Museum of Art & History “Dear Jerry” Postcard – front

MAH "Dear Jerry" Postcard - front

MAH Museum of Art & History “Dear Jerry” Postcard – back

From the book: Bob Thomas RIP – A page from Paul Grushkin’s “Dead Letters”

Bob Thomas RIP - A page from Paul Grushkin's "Dead Letters"

Bob Thomas RIP – A page from Paul Grushkin’s “Dead Letters”



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Happy Jerry Day!

Happy Jerry Day!

Today, August 1st is Jerry Garcia’s Birthday!

Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia aka Captain Trips – Late 60’s

Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia  August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995

Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead as lead guitarist, principal vocalist and one of the songwriter for their entire career (1965–1995). Garcia also played with the Saunders-Garcia Band (with longtime friend Merl Saunders), the Jerry Garcia Band, Old and in the Way, with David Grisman as the Garcia/Grisman acoustic duo, the Legion of Mary, the New Riders of the Purple Sage (Garcia co-founded NRPS with John Dawson and David Nelson) and sat in on sessions with other artists (most notably Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’ “Deja Vu” album, he plays the pedal steel guitar on “Teach Your Children”).

Dancing in the Streets - Haight Ashbury 1967

Dancing in the Streets! – Free Concert Haight Ashbury 1967

Jerry was well known for his distinctive guitar playing and ranked 13th in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and ranked the Grateful Dead No. 57 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Garcia is “the most recorded guitarist in history. With more than 2,200 Grateful Dead concerts, and 1,000 Jerry Garcia Band concerts captured on tape – as well as numerous studio sessions – there are about 15,000 hours of his guitar work preserved for the ages.”

photo by Baron Wolman 1969

Jerry Garcia – photo by Baron Wolman 1969

The Grateful Dead played at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in 1969 but their set was cut short because of weather, intoxication, and electrical problems. The band cut the set short after the stage amps overloaded during a 38 minute “Turn On Your Love Light”

The Grateful Dead at Woodstock August 16, 1969 from the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/gd69-08-16.sbd.cotsman.15205.sbeok.shnf )

While The Grateful Dead did perform and were filmed for the “Woodstock” movie (Jerry can be seen in brief interviews), at the band’s insistence, the footage was never used. The 40thAnniversary version of the film includes a reasonably edited “Turn on Your Lovelight” and “Mama Tried” in bonus material.

The Grateful Dead were also on the bill for the Rolling Stones concert at Altamont on December 6, 1969. the band was there and was scheduled to play between Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Stones but cancelled and didn’t play. They left the speedway after Jefferson Airplane’s guitarist Marty Balin was beaten unconcious by the Hell’s Angels.

The Grateful Dead at Watkins Glen Raceway, New York  July 28, 1973

The Grateful Dead at Watkins Glen, New York 1973

The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen once held the Guinness World Record for “Largest audience at a pop festival”  when approximately 600,000 rock fans gathered at Watkins Glen Grand Prix Raceway in New York on July 28, 1973. The Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead and The Band performed. In 2013, the grounds crew stumbled across a group of abandoned cars from the 1973 Summer Jam concert that had been hiding in the woods for 40 years.

The Grateful Dead Movie 1977 directed by Jerry Garcia

The Grateful Dead Movie directed by Jerry Garcia

The Grateful Dead Movie from 1977 was directed by Jerry Garcia. The film captures live performances from the band’s October 1974 five-night stand at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco and features the massive “Wall of Sound” audio system used in 1974.

Jerry Garcia - Egypt 1978

Jerry Garcia – Egypt 1978

In September 1978, the Grateful Dead performed three shows at the Sound and Light Theater in the shadow of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt. The band donated all the proceeds to the country’s Department of Antiquities, which preserves Egypt’s ancient wonders. Fans from all over the world traveled to Egypt and for the last show on Sept. 16, they witnessed a total lunar eclipse during the concert.

The Dead recorded all three nights with the intention of putting out a live album, but technical problems ruined the tapes from the first date and much of the second. In 2008, they released “Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978” a two-CD/DVD box set of the best performances from the last two nights.

From "High Times" 1980

From “High Times” 1980

In September-October 1980, the Grateful Dead played three sets during their concert performances, one acoustic followed by two electric sets. The acoustic sets were the first the band had performed since the early ’70s. The tour played 15 shows at The Warfield in San Francisco, 2 shows at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, and 8 shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The following year, songs from the tour were released as two live albums, the all-acoustic Reckoning and the all-electric Dead Set.

Dead Ahead is a concert video by the Grateful Dead. It was recorded at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on October 30 and October 31, 1980, and released in 1981. An expanded version was released in 2005.

Here’s the full Halloween concert from Radio City 10-31-80 on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTYEE5mgEOY

Jerry Garcia in concert - 1985

Jerry Garcia in concert – 1985 by an unknown photographer

Jerry battled heroin addiction in the 80s and again in the 90s, getting busted in Golden Gate park in 1985 and then slipping into a diabetic coma and almost dying in 1986. The coma forced him to relearn how to play the guitar, as well as other, more basic skills.

The song “Touch of Grey” is from the album In the Dark and is known for its refrain “I will get by / I will survive”. The music was composed by Jerry Garcia, the lyrics written by Robert Hunter. It was also released as a music video, the first one by the Grateful Dead. First performed as an encore on September 15, 1982 at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland, it was finally released on In the Dark in 1987. The song got into the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 9, and reached number 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, the only song by the band ever to do so on both charts.

The music video for “Touch of Grey” gained major airplay on MTV and featured a live performance by the band, first as life-size skeleton marionettes, then as themselves live on stage. The video was directed by Gary Gutierrez, who had previously created the animation sequences for The Grateful Dead Movie. The popularity of the single and the music video helped introduce the band to a new group of fans (known as the “in-the-darkheads”), resulting in the band gaining mainstream attention for better and worse.

Also in 1987, the live album Dylan & the Dead was recorded during a successful stadium tour with Bob Dylan. It was released in 1989 with seven songs written and sung by Dylan, accompanied by the Grateful Dead and produced by Jerry Garcia and John Cutler.

Jerry Garcia - early 90's

Jerry Garcia – early 90’s

Spring 1990:

During the summer of 1990, keyboardist Brent Mydland died of a drug overdose. Mydland’s death greatly affected Garcia. Before beginning the fall tour, Vince Welnick and Bruce Hornsby joined he band and drove Garcia to new heights on stage in 1991.

Jerry Garcia 1991

Jerry Garcia in concert 1991

Jerry died of a heart attack in August 1995. Garcia had long struggled with drug addiction, weight problems, sleep apnea, a cigarette habit, and diabetes all of which contributed to his physical decline and death. Half of Garcia’s cremated ashes were scattered in the Ganges River at the holy city of Rishikesh, India, a site sacred to Hindus. And according to Garcia’s last wishes, the other half of his ashes were poured into the San Francisco Bay. Following his death, the remaining members of the Grateful Dead formally decided to disband.

The Grateful Dead were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. On February 10, 2007, the band received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. And in 2011, the Dead’s Barton Hall Concert at Cornell University on May 8, 1977 was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.

On July 21, 2005, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission renamed the amphitheater in McLaren Park “The Jerry Garcia Amphitheater.” The amphitheater is located in the Excelsior District, where Garcia grew up. The first show at the newly renamed amphitheater was Jerry Day August 7, 2005. The dedication ceremony on October 29, 2005 was officiated by mayor Gavin Newsom.

Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Ice Cream introduced in 1987

Some of Jerry’s best moments outside the Grateful Dead, a tribute from the Ben & Jerry’s website: http://www.benjerry.com/whats-new/jerry-garcia-tribute

Jerry Garcia Ties

J. Garcia Line of Ties by Jerry

“Jerry Garcia ties are certainly head-turners. These flamboyant and colorful men’s accessories are guaranteed to stand out from even the most mundane business suit, so punch up your business wardrobe with several of these fun silk ties.”

Stay the Course (close up)

Stay the Course (close up) B. Peter

Grateful Dead official website: http://www.dead.net

JerryGarcia.com: http://jerrygarcia.com

Jerry Garcia’s Middle Finger Blog: http://jgmf.blogspot.com

Jerry RIP

Jerry RIP