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“The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast,” the official Grateful Dead podcast, is a series devoted to exploring the music and mythology behind one of the most enduring, progressive, and influential bands in the history of recorded music. The podcast’s tagline is “For The Committed And The Curious,” as episodes will invite new fans to explore the band’s enormous mythology in digestible chunks and enlighten life-long Dead Heads about corners of the band’s history they never knew existed. No topic will ...
 
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Enter Keith Godchaux The Deadcast opens its 4th season with one of the most unlikely but totally true stories in Grateful Dead history: how Keith & Donna Jean Godchaux approached Jerry Garcia at a bar and announced that Keith was the Dead’s new keyboardist, going deep into Godchaux family history. GUESTS: Brian Godchaux, Donna Jean Godchaux MacKay,…
 
In this episode, we have a founding member of The Who, Pete Townshend. At the time of this interview in 1996, Townshend was 51 years old and was promoting his greatest hits record. In the interview, Townshend talks about his plan to no longer make records, the remixing process of Quadrophenia, what’s now important to him, and finding a Jimi Hendrix…
 
A never-before-published interview with Roger Daltrey from 1994. In the interview, Daltrey talks about: Whether he has gotten his due from his solo albums Which album was a writing breakthrough for him Why he thinks fans have a hard time accepting him outside of The Who What’s great about The Who’s music Why The Who isn’t touring How hard it is sin…
 
Playing Dead, Part 2 A truly all-star Deadcast examines the infinite approaches to playing Dead music, from traditional to radical, with a massive span of musicians who’ve played it, from jazz arrangers to indie rock heroes, from actual Dead members to Japanese cover bands. GUESTS: Bob Weir, Oteil Burbridge, Joe Russo, Peter Shapiro, Stephen Malkmu…
 
The Deadcast examines how the Grateful Dead became a genre and school of music unto themselves, tracing the history of Dead covers to New Jersey in 1969, Calcutta in 1975, & beyond, featuring special appearances by Phish’s Trey Anastasio & Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan. Guests: Trey Anastasio, Ira Kaplan, Henry Kaiser, John Zias, Sanjay Mishra, Rebecca …
 
The Deadcast finishes its all-star “Skull & Roses” dive with cosmic diplomat Alan Trist, Courtenay Pollack’s new tie-dye speakers, a surprise trip abroad, the closing of the Fillmore West, studio parties, explorations of the album’s legendary art & infamous original name, & more. GUESTS: Alan Trist, Bob Matthews, Rosie McGee, Rick Turner, Courtenay…
 
We celebrate the 80th birthday of the late Robert Hunter, the Grateful Dead’s primary lyricist, exploring his extraordinary partnership with Jerry Garcia and work with other collaborators, as well his poetry, fiction, and solo career. GUESTS: Raymond Foye, Greg Anton, Jim Lauderdale, Alex Allan, Nicholas Meriwether…
 
BONUS: Over There: The Dead in England The Grateful Dead only visited England a half-dozen times in 30 years, but the quintessential American band’s relationship ran deeper than it might seem, filled with unexpected connections & fans as devoted as any Dead Heads back home, including lyric scholar Alex Allan. GUESTS: Alex Allan, Richard King, Rich …
 
Skull & Roses 50: Fillmore East Late Show The Deadcast sticks around the Fillmore East for even more backstage stories with stage crew member Allan Arkush, including movie nights with Jerry Garcia and the guitarist’s brief stint doing Hollywood sound effects. Guests: Allan Arkush, Candace Brightman, Robert Cooperman, Blair Jackson…
 
The Deadcast trucks into Bill Graham’s Fillmore East, where the Grateful Dead recorded the bulk of Skull & Roses in April 1971, featuring stage crew member Allan Arkush, tour manager Sam Cutler, & a deep dive into “Wharf Rat” with Darkside’s Dave Harrington. GUESTS: Allan Arkush, Sam Cutler, Dave Harrington, Robert Cooperman, David Lemieux, Gary La…
 
In this episode, we have Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose. At the time of this interview in 1987, Rose was 25 years old and was promoting an upcoming tour of Japan. Appetite for Destruction hadn’t even cracked the top-selling 50 albums, and it would be at least another seven months before the band really took off. In the interview, Rose talks about …
 
Today we are releasing two interviews -- one with Axl Rose and one with the man who interviewed him, Steve Harris. Steve grew up in San Francisco but went to Japan as a college exchange student and loved it there. He felt like it was the place for him. After graduating in 1980, he started to work as a freelance translator in Tokyo. Through one of h…
 
Skull & Roses 50: Side C After special guest Judy Collins joins us to untangle the surprising origins of the Dead’s most-performed song, “Me & My Uncle,” the Deadcast wades into the oversold 3-night April 1971 Dance Marathon that became part of “Skull & Roses,” guided by tour manager Sam Cutler and friends. GUESTS: Judy Collins, Sam Cutler, Candace…
 
A never-before-published interview with guitarist Warren Haynes from 1992. In the interview, Haynes talks about: Moving out of Duane Allman's shadow How it feels to play Duane's licks Whether Duane was an influence His connection to Memphis and Motown Going to see concerts when he was a kid The musical differences between him and Duane His love for…
 
Skull & Roses 50: Side B Our celebration of the Skull & Roses 50th anniversary reissue continues as we explore the “spaceship in construction” of the Grateful Dead in 1971 with Rosie McGee, luthier Rick Turner (maker of Jerry Garcia’s Peanut guitar), tie-dye pioneer Courtenay Pollack, & rare audio. GUESTS: Rosie McGee, Rick Turner, Courtenay Pollac…
 
Skull & Roses 50: Side A We begin our 50th anniversary celebration of 1971’s live album Skull & Roses with co-producer Bob Matthews, lighting director Candace Brightman, tour manager Sam Cutler, David Crosby, & David Freiberg, plus lost sessions, a 6-night false start, dream telepathy, song origins & more. GUESTS: Bob Matthews, Candace Brightman, D…
 
A never-before-published interview with guitarist Paul Barrere from 1992. In this episode, we have Little Feat guitarist Paul Barrere. At the time of this interview in 1992, Barrere was 44 years old and was promoting Little Feat’s upcoming concert at Deer Creek Music Center. In the interview, Barrere talks about his fond memories of Little Feat fou…
 
Hug the Heat, or the Story of the First Dead Tape We wish you a merry Pranks Day with a surprise Deadcast about the first known live Grateful Dead tape, from 1966, and reveal what happens when you try to shut down an Acid Test, featuring Merry Pranksters Ken Babbs and Denise Kaufman, with additional storytelling by Jerry Garcia. GUESTS: Ken Babbs, …
 
A never-before-published interview with Dimebag Darrell from 1992. In this episode, we have metal guitar legend Darrell Abbott, also known as Dimebag Darrell. At the time of this interview in 1992, Dimebag was 25 years old and was out on tour in support of Pantera’s album “Vulgar Display of Power.” In the interview, Dimebag talks about his guitar t…
 
A never before published interview with Sammy Hagar from 1991. In this episode, we have the Red Rocker himself, Sammy Hagar. At the time of this interview in 1991, Hagar was 44 years old and was promoting Van Halen’s upcoming concert at Deer Creek Music Center. In the interview, Hagar talks about his experience with UFOs, the secret to Van Halen, h…
 
A never before published interview with Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in 1996 In the interview, Flea talks about: If it’s strange to think of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers as an arena band If this is the band’s best lineup Was it a goal for the band to become this big What made him pick up the bass What other instruments he plays The meaning be…
 
https://www.thetapesarchive.com/zappa-plays-sabbath Are you a Black Sabbath or Frank Zappa fan? Or like me both? I would consider myself a super fan of both, yet I just found out that Frank was a big fan of Black Sabbath something I never knew. So I decided to make a video with the backstory including the night that Frank was supposed to play with …
 
A never before published interview with Rick Wakeman of Yes from 1999. In the interview, Wakeman talks about: Going on the 700 Club Why he did not go out with Yes’s last tour How he has never stopped making records Being homeless Working with independent labels Owning up to your own truths What he should have done to hold onto his money The cost of…
 
A never before published interview with Hank Aaron from 1995. In the interview, Aaron talks about: His job at CNN His involvement with the documentary Chasing the Dream How much of the film was accurate How he wants people to remember him Speaking out on things that are wrong in the world How people are uncomfortable with the truth If he was able t…
 
A never before published interview with Bill Bruford (Yes/King Crimson) 1980. The challenges of commercial radio The advantage of making a name for himself in bands like Yes, Genesis, and King Crimson The problems with playing in big-name bands vs. as a solo act His thoughts on touring with Genesis What attracts him to the U.S. market What he wants…
 
A never before published interview with Neil Peart (Rush) 1994 00:00 - Intro 00:44 - Start of Neil Peart interview 01:02 - What kind of difference can one person make? 01:44 - The western idea of heroism 04:06 - The luxury he enjoys 06:04 - How people react to him asking them to think 10:42 - What he learned from Paul Simon 11:39 - Why he agrees wi…
 
Steve Sybesma, a longtime concert promoter and one of the partners in the creation of Deer Creek Music Center outside Indianapolis. Sybesma hopped on a call with Marc to tell him about his newly created Indiana concert archive website, indianarockhistory.com, and about his concert promotion journey https://indianarockhistory.com/ 00:00 - Intro 00:5…
 
The Deadcast season finale wraps up American Beauty and looks at the iconic Truckin’, the autobiographical album-closing road anthem, unpacking the band’s history from its verses, lost lyrics, and never-heard original ending. Bob Weir, Stephen Barncard, Mickey Hart, Howard Wales, Steve Silberman, David Lemieux, Gary Lambert…
 
A never before published interview with Angus Young (AC/DC) from 1996. In the interview, Young talks about: - What it’s like to come back after a five-year layoff - The ever-changing landscape of rock ‘n’ roll - The key to AC/DC’s success - How Bob Dylan compares to AC/DC - Why AC/DC was considered a punk band in England - One of his hobbies - The …
 
A surprising and wide-ranging conversation with Ned Lagin, the pioneering jazz-trained electronic composer whose friendship with the Grateful Dead began when the band crowded into his M.I.T. dorm room to jam and would encompass contributions to American Beauty and Wake of the Flood, nearly 20 onstage appearances with the band between 1970 and 1975,…
 
Two episodes in one: we meditate on the harmony tracks and metaphysical overtones of the hymn-like Attics Of My Life, before David Crosby and Steve Silberman return for extended look at how the American Beauty sessions flowed into Croz’s masterpiece, If I Could Only Remember My Name, where Jerry Garcia and the Dead served as supporting musicians an…
 
Jumping off from “Till the Morning Comes” and the outtake “To Lay Me Down” we hear from Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay on falling in love with (and to) the Dead, Bob Weir on the secret to recording Phil Lesh, Stephen Malkmus with a psychedelic book recommendation, and time travel to Winterland in October 1970. Bob Weir, Donna Jean Godchaux MacKay, Step…
 
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