Every Structure Became a Dwelling
Jonathan and Slade found the Ranch. The hippies living there wanted to move to the city, so Mickey rented it. Over the first few years, many people in the Dead Family lived there at one time. And they kept leaving and coming back, to make music, to party, to ride horses, to share sunrise ceremony, to stay for a while or just for some quiet time.
As we started to transform the barn into a full recording studio, more people moved onto The Ranch. Every structure that had a roof became a dwelling. The horses’ tack room housed four children;
the little house by the creek was home for Johnny D’ and Sunny; a tiny shed behind the pump house, with a built in sleeping loft; the second old horse barn way out above the creek was used too. The main house itself was quite small but that was never an obstacle to numbers of people. Endless cooking was the order of the day, never feeding less than 12 people at each meal. — Jerilyn
The house pictured on these pages is the main house at Mickey Hart’s ranch in Novato, California, where Jerilyn made many fine meals, that were consumed in the name of music.
The Magnificent Seven of Rock & Roll.
From the left, Phil Lesh, Billy Kreutzmann, Tom Constanten, Mickey Hart, Jerry Garcia, Bobby Weir, Pigpen.
Jerilyn and her children, Christina and Creek, when they moved onto Mickey’s ranch in 1971, where they lived until 1981.