Ron “Pigpen” McKernan” Episode 7: Busted Down on Bourbon Street, Workingman’s Dead, and Riding that Train


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Busted down on Bourbon Street. Fleeced by a member of the family. Plastered on a runaway train barreling through the Canadian countryside. As the Grateful Dead faced a number of new challenges and detours, their music moved steadily ahead on solid footing – evidenced by the back-to-basics songs that made up Workingman’s Dead, their best album in years.


A Long Strange Trip: The Inside Story of the Grateful Dead, by Dennis McNally

Living with The Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead, by Rock Scully with David Dalton

Searching for the Sound, by Phil Lesh

The Grateful Dead FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History, by Tony Sclafani

This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, by Blair Jackson and David Gans

The Grateful Dead Were "Busted Down On Bourbon Street," On This Day In 1970 (Live for Live Music)

Jerry Garcia on the NOLA bust (YouTube)

Pigpen Forever: The Life and Times of Ron McKernan, by Blair Jackson

January 30, 1970: New Orleans Bust & Benefit (Dead Sources)

Grateful Dead live at the Fillmore East, 5/15/1970

How 1970's 'Workingman's Dead' Changed the Grateful Dead Forever (Guitar World)

50 Years Ago: Grateful Dead Kick Up Dust on 'Workingman's Dead' (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Workingman's Dead (The Grateful Dead Wiki)

Lenny Hart Arrested (

How 'Workingman's Dead' And 'American Beauty' Marked A Turning Point For The Grateful Dead 50 Years Ago (Forbes)

Train kept a rollin': a brief history of the (in)famous 1970 Festival Express (RETROactive)

1970: The Saga of the Festival Express (Mind Smoke Records)

June/July 1970: The Festival Express (Dead Sources)

Brian Jones: Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stone)


Life, by Keith Richards

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