Ron “Pigpen” McKernan Episode 4: Rushed in the Studio, A Midnight Hour Secret, and Busted Down on Ashbury Street
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As the Grateful Dead’s star continued to rise, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan felt he would rather be a dark star, invisible to the world. But he couldn’t hide. Not from the throngs of fans. And not from the San Francisco Police Department. Maybe they saw Pig’s leather vest and cowboy hat and figured he was an outlaw. Or maybe they just wanted to outlaw his type and the whole freaky scene along with him. And they tried to do just that in the fall of 1967, as the sun set on the Summer of Love and the Dead waited like sitting ducks at their house at 710 Ashbury Street.
Why the Grateful Dead's Debut Was So Hastily Recorded (Ultimate Classic Rock)
Joe Smith Digital Collection (Library of Congress)
RCA's Studio B, 6363 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA (Jerry’s Brokedown Palaces)
Joe Smith Ran Record Labels and Signed the Grateful Dead (Wall Street Journal)
Grateful Dead first record contract (Julien’s)
Grateful Dead Guide: The Very Short Tale of Golden Road (Dead Essays)
Joe Smith obituary (The Guardian)
Brian Jones at Monterey Pop (YouTube)
Monterey Pop Festival – 40 Years Ago (YouTube)
Anatomy of a Love Festival - Part Two (Criterion)
The Grateful Dead Did Get It: Reporters and Cops (Rolling Stone)
Grateful Dead 1967 Ashbury Street bust (YouTube)
Grateful Dead Pot Bust 1967 (SF Chronicle)
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