Rock Hall extends Grateful Dead exhibit

Rock Hall extends Grateful Dead exhibit

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will extend its latest exhibit Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip powered by McIntosh through March 24, 2013.

"Everyone at Grateful Dead Productions is thrilled to hear that the Grateful Dead exhibit has been extended," said David Lemieux, the Grateful Dead's Legacy Manager and namesake of the Dave's Pick's series.

"This is, without a doubt, the biggest, most comprehensive, most dynamic and most interesting collection of Grateful Dead artifacts and historical documents ever displayed, and is done so to perfection. The museum's curatorial team has collected some of the best and most exciting historical items from the band members themselves, the UCSC Grateful Dead Archive, and from private collectors to create a two-story display that shouldn't be missed by any Dead Head, or any music lover."

The Museum has been very fortunate to have had several members of the Grateful Dead tour the exhibition and participate in programs, including Mickey Hart, Donna Jean Godchaux, Tom Constanten and Bill Kreutzmann.

Art and design have always been closely associated with Grateful Dead, and this exhibit includes an unprecedented collection of original artwork that is immediately recognizable from the band's album covers and posters.

It features numerous instruments used by the Grateful Dead over the years, including keyboards, drums, percussion, guitars and elements from the legendary Wall of Sound PA system. The Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California-Santa Cruz has loaned a significant number of items from their extraordinary collection, which opened to the public in Spring 2012.

Also on display in the exhibit are the original MC2300 McIntosh amps from the Grateful Dead's custom-built stage rig - and arguably the greatest PA system of all time - the "Wall of Sound." Originally created for the Grateful Dead's 1974 performance at San Francisco's Cow Palace, the "Wall of Sound" was comprised of vast stacks of speakers and driven by 28,800 watts of McIntosh power.

Following the system's stellar performance at Cow Palace, the "Wall of Sound" was used by the Grateful Dead for 37 shows over the course of seven months. Phil Lesh called performing with the incomparable system the "most generally satisfying performance experience of my life with the band." It was legendary systems like the "Wall of Sound" that cemented McIntosh and their premium audio equipment as key players in the past, present and future of the rock and roll movement.

Formed in Palo Alto, California, in 1965 from a previous incarnation as a bar band called the Warlocks, the Grateful Dead were at the epicenter of the sweeping cultural event that was San Francisco in the Sixties.

Their music was informed by a diverse set of influences - contemporary classical composition, bluegrass, rhythm & blues, free jazz, rock and roll and the blues. Fueled by a cultural underground of writers, poets and bohemians that stretched from Oakland and Berkeley in the East Bay to Palo Alto on the peninsula, the Grateful Dead developed an ethos that embraced true artistic pursuits over commercial concerns, improvisation over rote arrangements and mind expansion through the use of psychedelic drugs.

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