The San Francisco Panhandle and Golden Gate Park shows were the inspiration for doing nationwide free shows. The Dead was a community band and there was a demand that went beyond just selling tickets. It demanded that the Dead play for free- wherever we went there was a community that supported us as their ‘community band’ and demanded that, somehow, we play for free outdoors.

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The free shows in Golden Gate Park were always so special, especially in the early days when things were less complicated with the Park Department and the city. -Jerilyn

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Mountain Girl and Sunshine

Photos: Bobby – Rosie McGee, Jerry – Garry Schroeder, MG – Jim Marshall