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.
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
Mountain Girl and Sunshine