Where are these man’s Mustaches?
Around this time a couple of gigs occurred at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. One was a Seastones show with Phil Lesh and Ned Lagin’s electronic music. Another was a benefit for Sat San Tokh’s ashram with Jerry and Mickey. They hadn’t seen each other for about a year. Mickey got up and decided to dress in all white and completely shave off his beard. Garcia, unknown to Mickey, had gotten up, decided to dress in all black and shave his face. They met at the photo session and were totally blown away. —Jerilyn
Backstage at the Keystone, Berkeley, during the recording of “Live at Keystone” with Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia, July 1973. This photo was one of Merl’s favorites, used on the back of the album cover and the one he gave me when I asked him for a picture for this book. I don’t know everyone’s names but the ones I know starting from the left are, Unknown, Unknown, Rex Jackson, Smitty the cop, Sally Mann Dryden (wife of Spencer Dryden) Merl Saunders Sr., Merl Saunders Jr., Mountain Girl (Carolyn Garcia), blurry person leaning forward, Alice Giblin, John Kahn (bass player in band), Gretchen Horton, Unknown, Juan (in Nun’s clothes) Richard Loren (band manager) Steve Parish (band roadie), Joe Winslow, Jerry Garcia, Bill Vitt (drummer in band), Unknown, Freddie Herrera (club owner), Unknown.
Owsley, behind the sound mixing gear at Watkins Glen
Dead Awaken: New Albums, Label, Tour
The Dead’s audience sees more than a clump of people with musical instruments when it watches the band onstage, for the group itself is a front — the public showpiece for the Grateful Dead Family, which is a way of looking at things, a way of living, a way of enjoying music and the other lively arts, a studied nonchalance that bypasses a great deal of potential heaviness with an it’s-really-not-that-important-when-you-consider-the-history-of-the-human-race air. “There never was a Grateful Dead viewpoint,” says Jerry Garcia. “There just seemed to be, but there wasn’t. Nobody has ever understood our trip at all, except us. We just keep on playing.”