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derek92
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Re: What got you into the Dead / hooked

#4684 3 years, 4 months ago
One of my friends who doesn't know much about them turned me on it was about the acid in the 60's not really the music but a look at some studio albums then the winterland 77 box screwed it. Been addicted ever sense Jerry Garcia was a main factor too.
Tim The Beek
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Re: What got you into the Dead / hooked

#4687 3 years, 4 months ago
What a Long Strange Trip It's Been - The Best Of The Grateful Dead*>American Beauty/Workingman's Dead>"Bootlegs">My First Show

The were some paper squares and microdots and drops along the way, but the music and the crowd were what really sold me.





*Ordered without knowing anything about it during one of our periodic underage Columbia House ripoffs. Pure serendipity.
gratefulade
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Re: What got you into the Dead / hooked

#4702 3 years, 4 months ago
When I was a sophomore in high school, my brother went off to college. We were pretty close and always had a shared love of live music. He comes home one weekend listening to the dead, and I'm like "what is this shit? Do they ever sing?" Slowly he started convincing me, and he bought me 'Skeletons from the Closet' for Christmas. The following summer he and his friends were going to Columbus (3 hr. drive for us) to see the Furthur Festival and he said, ask mom if you can go. And much to my amazement, she said yes!!! The live experience was it for me. I had never had such a moving, live music experience. And I just felt at home in the lot, with people like me. Now words cannot express what this music has done for my life and I will be eternally grateful to my brother, and my super cool mom for letting me go that fateful weekend.
Raynequeen
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Re: What got you into the Dead / hooked

#4735 3 years, 4 months ago
my first time hearing them was my father listening on vinyl - i was about 8 . . . i loved them til i was about 13 ... then i 'met' phish and went a different route... however, about 18 -19 i was lost on the silliness, and paths that made no sense, with no direction home... i was leaving a show, a man was sitting on a curb singing looks like rain and i comforted him and sang with him and from then on.... things were never the same. i was home again. thankful.
EasyWind
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Re: What got you into the Dead / hooked

#4736 3 years, 4 months ago
My roommate second year of college. Met him first year, ended up rooming with him the next. He would constantly play the dead. I honestly did not like it right at first, but he played it incessantly. His dad was a huge head and introduced my roommate initially. My roommate wasn't new to the music but was still exploring all the tunes the Dead had to offer.

I think hearing Europe 72 is really what got me into the music. After falling head over heels for it, I could not stop. Caught Ratdog and the Allmans at Susquehanna Bank center in August of 2008. Have not looked back since.

Though i have not been to a show with my old roommate in a while, I got a group of 2 or 3 people I go with consistently who were old friends that my roommate also got into the dead. It's weird to think about it. Not saying I would never have become a deadhead if I never met him, but he was the main reason my friends and I are heads now.
Nupsdog
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Re: What got you into the Dead / hooked

#4752 3 years, 4 months ago
Seeing numerous stories here about how the party enticed many people and knowing many more stories along the same lines long before, I'm glad I never felt a need to go when I could have for that reason. I liked the GD's music (esp the Terrapin Station album, B Side suite specifically), never really listened to live shows and the ones I did were just terrible sounding back then, so it never really clicked.

Fast forward almost a decade later and a pretty rough divorce that left me in a deep and very dark hole & listening to a lot of aggressive and/or angrier music, when I was ready to climb out, who but who walked through the door, pretty literally at that, Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. Some 8 years after Jerry moved on no less. Sat down one day, turned on, tuned in, curled up in a ball on the couch and dropped out. Put in Dicks Picks 18 and the rest was history.

That moment got me hooked on the GD, and by then the quality of traded live shows had increased tremendously thanks to technology & the internet - thank God for digitalized archives and the tapers.

In that journey I left my body, and re-found many paths I had strayed from as well as learned a few things that day about myself, about life and our connection to it both individually and collectively, and about music and the Grateful Dead. Was right after that The Dead would announce their return and that they would reunite with all plus Jimmy, Joan and Jeff. Bonnaroo bound was I. :0) :0) :0)
4fingerman60
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Re: What got you into the Dead / hooked

#4776 3 years, 4 months ago
Im still a youngin' and i only wish i could have lived to see Jerry. My dad has always been a dead head, and i just grew up listening to them. I have always loved the music, but what really go tme hooked was my first furthur show. Although it is not the same a dead show i feel as if it is the closest thing to it. Ever since that first show ive been hooked. i just love the vibe that it gives off. just a great feeling.
TylerTerrapinCurtis
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Tyler Curtis

Re: What got you into the Dead / hooked

#4844 3 years, 4 months ago
My dad and grandpa have loved the Dead and seen them well over a 100 times, (my dad saw 99 he claims, [not including JGB etc]) and my poppop saw a bunch too, going back into the 69's.
I first saw Phil & Friends 10/12/07. Blew my mind. Went back for more when I could, been fully on the bus for four nice years!
What keeps me coming back is the amazing people, gorgeous music, and best feeling ever.
Buy the ticket, take the ride..."
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mandala
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jerry junkie

Re: What got you into the Dead / hooked

#4851 3 years, 4 months ago
<<<<<<<<<<<<<JERRY!!! (he smoked me out b4 my first show)
life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans - j. lennon
Last Edit: 3 years, 4 months ago by mandala.
bitzer87
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Re: What got you into the Dead / hooked

#4854 3 years, 4 months ago
After hearing 5/8/77 that helped to get me hooked big time.
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