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Published: 2012/01/19

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip Exhibit

This coming Spring, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will present a new exhibit titled Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip. The exhibit will open on Thursday, April 12, as a part of the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Week events.

According to the Rock Hall’s website, Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip the exhibit will be presented in a non-linear format. Sections will focus on specific areas such as the Dead’s recorded works, their touring career, the fans who devotedly followed them, the tapers and more. It will include finished and working manuscripts for classic songs, handwritten notes from legendary archivist Dick Latvala, artifacts from original sound designer Owsley “Bear” Stanley, and promoter Bill Graham’s Father Time robe and Grateful Dead Hotline answering machine.

The exhibit will also include an unprecedented collection of original artwork drawn from the band’s album covers and posters. It will feature instruments used by the band members over the years, including several Garcia guitars, keyboards, drums, percussion, and elements from the legendary Wall of Sound PA system. The Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California-Santa Cruz has loaned a significant number of items from their extraordinary collection.

Specific highlights Include: five Jerry Garcia guitars (including his Travis Bean TB 500), Mickey Hart’s custom-painted drum kit, two Bob Weir guitars (including his first Ibanez “cowboy” custom guitar), several original lyric manuscripts, including “Truckin’,” “Box of Rain” and “Sugaree, several original Grateful Dead-related artworks (including images from Workingman’s Dead, Without a Net and Fillmore Auditorium poster art).

In addition, The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum has teamed with the Grateful Dead and Rhino Entertainment on an exclusive line of merchandise around the exhibit. The items, including include apparel, accessories, and other items featuring iconic Grateful Dead imagery, will be sold exclusively at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

This exhibit will be open through December 2012.


There are 6 comments associated with this post

dave curran January 23, 2012, 15:11:43

Wow Glad they still can’t put other non american Bands in Like the Moody Blues, Yes and Supertramp who are vital to rock and roll history but ignored…...? I love the Dead don’t get me wrong If they were not American they would be forgotten as Well! Genesis some how is in are they not prog rock…? If that is the excuse….. Oh Phil Collins has friends who put him there Eric I am everything King of the Blues Clapton?...What a joke… Rolling Stone Magazine is just as bad as the Rock“n“roll hall of fame …I mean Madonna….? Rock“n“roll…? I do not think so. Keep on loving yourself Rock “n’ roll Hall of fame is a sham! Keep on Truckin If you want a good one Jimi Hendrix Museum at least it sells what’ really in there Jimi! Not a slanted view of what is Rock” n” roll History ! How about Who likes MADONNA and American Celebes !

Hammer January 24, 2012, 02:56:53

The guy above is SO angry. Unfortunately, he hates Madonna and loves Genesis so much that he forgot if anyone deserves to be in a R&RHOF, it’s the Dead. C’mon guy, lighten the hell up!

Blooby January 24, 2012, 07:24:16

I would just like to take this opportunity to say I’m not wearing any pants right now.

flushafleshfarm January 24, 2012, 14:58:17

Boycott until RUSH is inducted!

piperworm January 27, 2012, 23:45:03

‘love me the dead, but as stated above: the hall’s a sham with no rush. as much as phish is my favorite, it would be insulting to put them in before alex, geddy, and neal.

dave January 29, 2012, 01:19:45

i don’t know all the criteria but i believe the main criteria is the band’s formation has to be at least 25 years before they can be considered and i know there’s a long queue.

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