"What was the happiest moment of your life?"
"That time I went to a Grateful Dead concert."
"Were there drugs involved?"
"Lots of them."
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Save Jerry Garcia Amphitheater: Retain the name Jerry Garcia Amphitheater.
Jerry Garcia is a Native Son of the Excelsior District, San Francisco. He overcame many adversities in his childhood and went on to become one of the founders and leaders of the Grateful Dead, as well as an international musical icon. In 2005, he was honored by the City and County of San Francisco , SF Parks and Recreation Department, and various community members by having the Mclaren Park Amphitheater - located a few blocks from his childhood home - renamed in his honor. This hidden treasure is a landmark in this section of San Francisco and is a symbol of community pride. The thought of renaming this is unimaginable, therefore we’re asking all efforts and evaluations to cease and desist. Thank You - Save Jerry Garcia Amphitheater Team.
photo by Erica McDonald
You’ve called them a ‘magic band’. What’s the criterion?
David Crosby: Magic is doin’ it so well that you get up beyond mechanical levels. Magic is making people feel good and stuff. Magic is, if you are high on psychedelics, having a great big love beast crawl out of your amplifiers and eat the audience. I don’t know what it is man. Like, they’re magic. Something happens when the Dead gets on that don’t happen when Percy Faith gets it on.
Rolling Stone, July 23, 1970
photo by Barrie Wentzell
"My initiation came in the Winter of 72 in Wichita, Kansas. Strong grass and live dead put me into a stoned trance. Staring at Garcia, something popped in my mind as I realized that he was also staring at me. I beamed a huge, uncontollable grin at him. He winked back and jerked his guitar neck at me twice. I felt bolts of energy strike me and my grin was fixed in place for the rest of the concert. I’ve been a deadhead every since. My mother will never understand."
Mountain Girl & Kesey
"I believe that with the advent of acid, we discovered a new way to think, and it has to do with piecing together new thoughts in your mind. Why is it that people think it’s so evil? What is it about it that scares people so deeply, even the guy that invented it, what is it? Because they’re afraid that there’s more to reality than they have confronted. That there are doors that they’re afraid to go in, and they don’t want us to go in there either, because if we go in we might learn something that they don’t know. And that makes us a little out of their control."
Ken Kesey —Quoted in the BBC documentary, “The Beyond Within: The Rise and Fall of LSD,” 1987