THERE WAS A TIME A WHILE BACK, WHICH SEEMS ALTERNATELY LIKE A SECOND OR A CENTURY, WHEN THE DEAD USED TO GET TOGETHER SOCIALLY MORE OFTEN THAN THEY DO NOW…AND SOME OF THESE EVENTS WERE SO EXALTED THAT IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THEY EVER STOPPED. THESE PARTIES INCLUDED SUCH STRUCTURES AS THE ULTRA CONSERVATIVE ‘BLACK AND WHITE BALL’ AND THE REDNECK SHOOTOUTS AT BILLY’S RANCH WHEN THE DRUMMERS HUNG CYMBALS AND GONGS FROM THE TREES AND EVERYONE BLAZED AWAY AT THEM WITH RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS. IN THOSE DAYS EVERYONE RODE HORSES AND OWNED AT LEAST ONE RIFLE AND ONE SIDEARM, SO THAT 30 OR 40 GUNS FIRED CONTINUOUSLY FOR AN HOUR OR SO, SHREDDING THE ZILDJIANS AND BRINGING THE SHERIFF. ANY EXCUSE FOR A PARTY – HOLIDAYS, BIRTHDAYS, FRIDAYS, SOLSTICES, WEDDINGS…OR JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT.
Rhonda Jensen seen here on horseback was one of the best riders, as was Mickey.
The band plays a free afternoon gig outside San Quentin prison. Lesh is not there so Bobby plays bass and Nick Gravenites guests on guitar. February 15, 1968.
Pigpen looking like a real cowboy, gun & all
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After the Midnight Hour encore at the Carousel on 2/14/68, see Page 52, there was a stage announcement:
“Hey remember, we’re all prisoners till everybody is free. So tomorrow come out to San Quentin – they need our support. One o’clock, or one-thirty, or two o’clock. Anytime around then. Country Joe and the Fish came here from New York tonight, and so when they left it was about four o’clock their time (in the morning) and they got up at eight. They wanted to stay around, jam some more, but – they’re gonna rest up and come out to San Quentin tomorrow – as well as the Dead, and some of the Airplane, and some of the other bands.”
Photos: Main and Pigpen – Rosie McGee, Band – Herb Greene