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Deadheads Rejoice: Band Featured in New Rock HOF Exhibit, New Concert Film; Apr 19 Movie Tickets

| April 16, 2012
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by Laird Harrison

Hey Deadheads, here are two things to be grateful for: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has opened a new exhibit dedicated to the band, and a new Dead concert movie is playing at theaters around the Bay Area.

The exhibit, which opened at the Hall in Cleveland on April 12, includes lyric manuscripts for classic songs such as “Truckin’” and “Box of Rain,” two guitars played by Bob Weir, and “an unprecedented collection of original artwork,” according to the museum.

The exhibit is a fitting tribute to the Grateful Dead, which was inducted into the Hall in 1994, rock journalist David Gans told KQED reporter Cy Musiker.

“It’s nice that this is happening and it shows that what the Grateful Dead accomplished is an enduring thing,” Gans said. “God knows there’s tons of stuff to show. The Grateful Dead were innovators in the technology.”

The film is a previously unreleased tape of a concert the band gave on July 18, 1989 at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Elkhorn, WI. It will show one time only, Thursday April 19 at 7 p.m. Enter your zip code in the website Fathom to find out which theaters are showing the film near you.

Video preview: 1989 Alpine Valley Show

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  • Anonymous

    1970′s “American Beauty” was a masterpiece as the Dead evolved from the psychedelic era to the country-rock of groups like New Riders of the Purple Sage. It included one of the Dead’s best loved tracks, “Box of Rain,” bassist Phil Lesh’s song to his ailing father.

    Lyricist Bob Hunter says the song’s title means “the world we live on.” On Rockaeology at http://bit.ly/j20zF4 Jerry Garcia describes how Hunter pairs his writing with the band’s music. Hunter says, “I’m able to translate peoples’ scat. I hear English in it, almost as though I write down what I hear underneath that.”

    • Brucekoon

      Agreed!