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From Fans to Fillmore

04/04/2010

As promised, here are a few more photographs supplied by the NY Historical Society from their ongoing Grateful Dead exhibit. The first two in particular are my favorite as they showcase the personal touches and devotion illustrated by so many Deadheads.

There’s still more to come from NYHS. Check out their upcoming special Tales of the Grateful Dead and New York.

As always, share your comments below or email your stories, art, photos, etc. to becomingdead1@gmail.com.

Dick Latvala, Notebook page for May 8, 1977 show at Barton Hall, Cornell University. Ithaca, New York. Special Collections, University of California, Santa Cruz. Dick Latvala Papers.

Dick Latvala, 7" Audio tape box, reverse with list from May 8, 1977 show at Barton Hall, Cornell University. Ithaca, Special Collections, University of California, Santa Cruz. Dick Latvala Papers.

More on Dick Latvala courtesy of NYHS:

“Dick Latvala began his affiliation with the Grateful Dead as an ardent fan and taper. Latvala’s extensive record-keeping of concert playlists, knowledge of music, and quality recordings, eventually earned him a position as the band’s music archivist.Twenty–nine volumes of Dick’s Picks were released between 1993 and 2003 with recordings of shows from as far back as 1968.”

Amalie Rothschild, Fillmore East Marquee, December 1969. Special Collections, University of California, Santa Cruz. Grateful Dead Archive.

More on the Fillmore East from NYHS:

“Concert impresario Bill Graham opened the Fillmore East in New York City in 1968, three years after opening the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. Until 1971, when both Fillmores closed, Graham brought some of the most important performers of the 1960s— Jefferson Airplane; Jimi Hendrix; Janis Joplin; Santana; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; Cream; The Band; The Who; Led Zeppelin; The Allman Brothers Band; and the Grateful Dead— to larger audiences on both coasts. The Dead first played the Fillmore East in June 1968. It soon became a home away from home for them, with return visits in February, June, and September of 1969, January, February, May, June, July, September, and November of 1970, and at the end of April 1971, shortly before the Fillmore East closed in June.”

“Midnight on a carousel ride
Reaching for the gold ring
Down inside
Never could reach it, just slips away
But I try”

Crazy Fingers

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