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Published: 2012/07/23

Hank Harrison Donates His Grateful Dead Collection to the Archives

Publisher Hank Harrison has donated his entire Grateful Dead/Warlocks/pre-Warlocks research collection to the University of California at Santa Cruz, where the official Grateful Dead archives now live. Harrison—the Dead’s original manager and the father of Courtney Love—was a key part of the Dead’s team as they transitioned from The Warlocks into the Dead (a five-year-old Courtney Love appears on the back cover of Aoxomoxoa ). Harrison’s collection includes original taped interviews, letters, documents, notes, lyrics, poems, handbills and other artifacts from the band’s early days. It also includes photographs and 16mm film plus reel-to-reel board and studio masters from Phil Lesh, Owsley Stanley, Robert M. Petersen, Jerry Garcia, Sarah Garcia, David Frieberg, Esther McKernan, Joe Navokovich, Neal Cassady and hundreds of others.

A statement from his camp reads, “Harrison’s material is not massive in quantity, but each item is important and very much sought after by the University archives.”


There are 22 comments associated with this post

Jeff July 23, 2012, 18:10:46

So Courtney Love’s dad used to manage the Dead, in the early days, even wonder shes so fucked up.

Turnip Leaf July 23, 2012, 21:25:07

What a doink!

Stupid! July 23, 2012, 22:38:33

I thought it was known that the Courtney Love on the back of the album issue up.

Ouish July 24, 2012, 06:21:06

Hank Harrison has one of the finest early books on the Grateful Dead. Called ‘The Dead’, it much more than your normal band bio. And yes, Phil Lesh is Courtney Love’s godfather!

Laura July 24, 2012, 08:25:26

@jeff. She’s fucked up because she left the Dead family not because she was in it Wtf do you know.

Mike July 24, 2012, 10:36:00

“Dead family”? You mean the tour scum? She’s probably living longer because she escaped that garbage.

Dana July 24, 2012, 12:06:57

Hey, Jeff, so sorry you’re on such a social resentment bummer, missed the good dope, never made the show,
what can I tell you, we used up all the fun so you can’t have any now, okay?, it’s ALL “the Hippies” fault, you’re right,
your parents’ generation f’d it all up—God knows, they produced more than enough willfully abject ignoramuses like you….

Darwin July 24, 2012, 13:23:01

“(a five-year-old Courtney Love appears on the back cover of Aoxomoxoa “ I can’t believe this site is still pushing that rumor started by that idiot liar parasite drug addict. That is not Courtney Love, that is Kreutzman’s daughter (Stacy I believe is her name). So say the Dead organization. But hey, why let facts intrude on a stupid rumor right?

Jeff July 24, 2012, 15:49:16

Jesus people it was just a joke.. The Dead kick ass, hippies rule, I’ve seen plenty of good shows (although I’m sadly too young to have seen Jerry) and will see plenty more. Looks like all of your seratonin’s still low from the 70s.. live in the now people and try some 5htp it may do ya some good. Also, I have no idea what a “social resentment bummer” is..pretty sure that makes no sense whatsoever. But hey, Dana, keep eating that dirty ass L thats got your brain so effin twisted you can’t form a semi-coherent rant. Or stick to the “dope,” Ill stick to the clean shit and stay off the heroin thank you very much.

Jeff July 24, 2012, 15:51:07

And I’m sorry, but whether you love the Dead “family” or not, growing up around that shit in the 60s/70s as a child while daddy’s bringing you on tour is a recipe for disaster. Will some kids end up ok? Yea, the way some child stars and celebrity’s children ended up ok. But more often than not, those kids end up dumb messes. Just look at Dana ;)

Tim July 24, 2012, 18:53:56

@Darwin I feel sorry for your ignorance. Do you know the names of all the girls on the cover? By the stupidity of your comment I know the answer so don’t bother to answer. Courtney Love is on the back cover of Aoxomoxoa. Is she the girl next to Pigpen? NO. Is she the girl with long brown hair? YES. I guess you are the idiot liar parasite after all.

Richard Bratko July 24, 2012, 21:12:13

Hank, Do you get these comment’s? Damn, it’s been a long time since our yearly kibbutz’z in Palo Alto.
Last I knew you had moved the Pit Bull Pharm closer to the Reno( Don’t want to give exact local’s here) Well if you get this write me sometime @ the e-mail addy connected to this post. I’d luv to katchup!

Manny Lomas July 24, 2012, 21:55:30

In the second volume of the ‘Dead’ trilogy Hank penned, he dedicates the book (among Courtney) to ‘the boys at the Bohemian Club’, I wonder if he is being cynical or sincere…weird…I wonder what the general consensus is on Bobby and Mickey being members…weird shit kidz…weird shit…

Edwin July 24, 2012, 22:00:49

Hey Richard, what’s up? You know everyone!

Jerry July 25, 2012, 14:39:41

Will everyone just chill out and treat each other with respect and kindness? This is a comment forum, not a place to bash people. Have a little love for your fellow human!

Brandon August 3, 2012, 08:43:27

Ya, I don’t understand the hate. He’s just trying to preserve history!

soundboard hungry August 3, 2012, 12:30:32

How about giving those reel-to-reel board masters out to the public! There has to be something crispy in there that is not generally available, especially that early on in their career.

Noodles August 3, 2012, 16:25:05

Weird. weird. weird. sh^^tz. Is all

Deadhead August 3, 2012, 20:38:40

The family is all heroin scum. there are people who go to shows who are scum there is scum everywhere. but all the family i have met at shows are by far some of the nicest most genuine people i have ever met on the planet. of course you can always find the negative. i think more kids should grow up in the kind of atmosphere of love and harmony that is generally accompanied by shows (no so much the later part of the GD) but now and the earlier GD for sure) I agree. this bickering is sad, even if you are “joking” no one knows that but you its fuckin online! and its not funny (except maybe to you) ahh just acknowledging it just continues. I digress. i would wager that most (if not all) those sbd masters are already in circulation in some fashion but who could say for sure without a detailed list of what he donated. My heart definitely skipped a beat when I saw that line. Hope something new comes out of it!

Collector October 23, 2012, 23:37:37

Too bad Hank has been caught trying to sell fake memorabilia. I wonder how much fake stuff the University Archive inherited.

k December 20, 2013, 14:08:34

He gave her LSD at a very young age.

freedom train March 26, 2014, 06:58:15

To ‘Dana”-your comment was best and ‘Jeff’ had no real re-buttel -I mean Jeff come on you literally said ‘Dana’s brain is twisted” really why?...
folks should look into Hank Harrison who was only VERY BRIEFLY the dead manager who continues to state he did not get along with Jerry. No get along with Jerry=Jerry will make u no longer manager only because he would be suspicious of you. I read that Hank literally said “Jerry was no intellectual”. What a joke. he was very intellectual. Hank harrison was as many folks are staring to learn nowadays, he was a CIA MK Ultra programmer/ handler who mind controlled his daughter Courtney “Love” and because Courtney grew up being mind controlled by her CIA father -Hank-she went on to years later as a ‘rock star’ to behave like a crazed, mad psycho woman throughout her ‘career’ and organized the killing of her husband Kurt Cobain. (look up Tom Grant PI-Courtney Love). Hank was only the Dead manager briefly because the guys simply did not like him or his energy. Back in the 60’s folks did NOT know what you all know now-only thanks to the internet. And even the internet is questionable for it’s info.
Many people wished the Dead, Janis, Jimi, Jim, and others -to all go away and die, because NONE of them were part of the evil corrupted and oh so phony music scene of evil!
A music scene of evil thanks to people just like Hank Harrison, planted as an early attempt to infiltrate the Dead, the 60’s, because Hank Harrison and many others were the Satanic/CIA movement to infiltrate all things good. I have had enough of musicians of the light having to be associated with such evil junk and for so long-as they are part of the dark agenda just because Hank briefly managed the Dead…..oh my god-Jerry and Bob-what satanists! (LOL)
trust-look into Tom Grant PI-Hank Harrison, C Love, Kurt and wow——-

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