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Thursday Event: Tales of the Grateful Dead and New York


Hello friends,

The New York Historical Society’s big event, Tales of the Grateful Dead and New York, is taking place TOMORROW, Thursday, May 27th at 6:30pm. That’s the good news. The bad news is, I won’t be able to make it. Don’t feel too sorry for me though, I’ll be with an old friend who is visiting the city and reminiscing about the old days while knee deep in brewski and laughter. All this means is that you’ll have to check out the event for me and share the details. In fact, I’d love to have a guest blogger grace Becoming Dead with their experience. Please email me at if interested. Of course, comments are welcomed as well.

Tales of the Grateful Dead and New York:

“From the free concerts in Tompkins Square and Central Park to Filmore East and Madison Square Garden, the Grateful Dead considered New York a second home for much of the band’s 30-year touring career, and enjoyed a special relationship with New York Deadheads. Fans and experts share their memories and stories of one of the most innovative bands of our time.”

Speakers include:

GARY LAMBERT (Moderator): Co-host of “Tales from the Golden Road,” a weekly talk show on the Grateful Dead Channel (Sirius 32 and XM 57); writer/editor of the band’s official newsletter, the Grateful Dead Almanac; and a contributor to

PETE FORNATALE: One of the architects of Progressive Rock FM in the 60’s and a fixture on New York radio for 40 years. He is the author of several books, including “The Rock Music Source Book,” “The Story of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and “Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock.”

CAROL BRIGHTMAN: author of “Sweet Chaos: The Grateful Dead’s American Adventure” and a National Book Critics Circle Award-winning biography of Mary McCarthy. She is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.

LENNY KAYE: as a pioneering rock journalist for such publications as Crawdaddy! and Rolling Stone in the late 60s, he was one of the Grateful Dead’s earliest and most eloquent advocates in print. From the mid-70s to the present, he’s been making musical history of his own as guitarist in the Patti Smith Group.

*Please note that this event will take place at the New York Society for Ethical Culture at 2 West 64th Street

Check out these websites for more info:

NYHS Event Info

Event Facebook Group

If you’re not in the NY area, visit the Grateful Dead Archive site to get your fix:

Grateful Dead Archive

You can also check out my previous post Into the City for more Grateful Dead NY tales… Enjoy!

“Down in front of Casey’s old brown wooden stoop
On a summer’s evening we formed a merry group
Boys and girls together we would sing and waltz
While Tony played the organ on the sidewalks of New York

East Side, West Side, all around the town
The tots sang “ring-a-rosie,” “London Bridge is falling down”
Boys and girls together, me and Mamie O’Rourke
Tripped the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York”

Sidewalks of New York

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