Tie Died Grateful Dead Parking Lot Scene Documentary


CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY
BMG VIDEO [CROWD CHEERING
AND DRUMS PLAYING] [MAN]
BASICALLY, I COME TO THE SHOWS TO BE WITH
ALL THESE GREAT PEOPLE, TO ENJOY THE MUSIC. THE MUSIC’S BEAUTIFUL.
THE PEOPLE ARE BEAUTIFUL. I MEAN, IT’S A GREAT SCENE. YOU GOT TO COME SEE IT.
YOU GOT TO SEE IT FOR YOURSELF. IT’S REALLY HARD TO EXPLAIN.
IT’S JUST GREAT. I GREW UP IN BOSTON.
MY MOM’S A SCHOOLTEACHER. SHE’S A REALLY SMART PERSON. SHE’S GOT HER MASTER’S DEGREE
IN EARTH SCIENCE. MY DAD IS A QUALITY ENGINEER
FOR A BIG COMPANY IN BOSTON THAT MAKES WALLBOARD. AT FIRST, THEY WERE
A LITTLE HESITANT ABOUT– THEY THOUGHT
I’D GROW OUT OF IT. BASICALLY, I HAVEN’T. NOW THAT I’M TAKING
MY BABY ON TOUR WITH ME, THEY’RE NOT CRAZY
ABOUT THE IDEA, BUT THEY ALSO REALIZE I’M DOING WHAT I WANT,
AND I BELIEVE IN IT. WE SURVIVE
IN THIS PARKING LOT. THERE’S NEVER
ANY FIGHTS IN HERE. THERE MIGHT BE HARSH WORDS
EXCHANGED ONCE IN A WHILE, BUT NOBODY EVER COMES
TO BLOWS HERE. IF EVERYBODY
COULD JUST GET DOWN AND TALK TO EACH OTHER, I THINK THE WORLD
WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE. ♪ EVERY NOW AND THEN AGAIN ♪ ♪ I GOT THIS FEELING
THAT I’VE FALLEN DOWN ♪♪ ♪ FROM HIGHER PLACES
THAT I’VE FOUND ♪ ♪ WHILE WALTZING
ACROSS THE SKY… ♪ THE COLOR
AND THE PAGEANTRY
OF THIS EVENT ARE JUST RIGHT OUT
OF THE PAGES OF ROCK-MUSIC HISTORY. [REPORTER]
THIS IS A GROUP OF DEADHEADS
ENTERTAINING A CROWD THAT ALSO VERY PROUDLY
CLAIMS THAT TITLE. THE GRATEFUL DEAD
ARE ONE OF– NOT OF ONLY
MUSIC HISTORY BUT A SUBCULTURE
AND A PHENOMENON THAT HAS LASTED
ALMOST THREE DECADES. WE’L OOK ON KING-5 NEWS AT 6:30. YOU KIND OF WONDER
HOW MANY OF THEM
ARE WANNABES AND HOW MANY OF THEM
ARE TRUE BLUES, REALLY ARE DEDICATED
TO THEIR LIFESTYLE. ♪ THE STEEP
CATHEDRAL CEILINGS ♪ ♪ IN ROOF I’M A VETERINARY STUDENT
AT COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY, AND I FOLLOW THE GRATEFUL DEAD
IN MY FREE TIME, AND LAST NIGHT,
I SAW MY 122nd SHOW. ♪ AND WE GO ♪ ♪ WE TRY TO LOVE… ♪♪ I’VE BEEN ON TOUR
SINCE I WAS ABOUT 14 T UP SO I WAS ATTRACTED
TO THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE MOSTLY BECAUSE
OF THE FAMILY ENVIRONMENT THAT IT PROVIDES FOR ME. IT’S KIND OF A WEIRD– I DON’T KNOW IF I WOULD
CALL IT A HIPPIE DREAM, BUT MY DREAM TO GATHER
ALL MY FRIENDS AND TAKE THEM TO FUN PLACES AND JUST
CELEBRATE LIFE TOGETHER. I REALLY TRY TO
TURN PLACES I HANG OUT, LIKE THESE PLACES,
INTO MY CHURCH. IT’S A CHURCH
IN THE ASPECT WHERE, LIKE, ALL THESE FOLKS
OUT HERE AND STUFF– WE ALL HAVE
A KIND OF A COMMON– NOT SO MUCH GOAL BUT JUST KIND OF
A DESTINY FOLLOWING WHERE WE WANT
TO KEEP EACH OTHER HAPPY AND FIND ALL THE GOOD THINGS
IN LIFE THAT THERE ARE. I LOVE MY FRIENDS HERE. I GOT MORE FRIENDS HERE
THAN IN MY HOMETOWN. I CAN GO HOME
TO MY HOMETOWN AND WALK AROUND
ON THE STREETS FOR 10 YEARS AND NOT MEET
AS MANY NICE PEOPLE AS I DO IN ONE DAY
OUT HERE. THIS IS A BIG MOVEMENT. THIS IS A REVOLUTION, AND IF YOU’RE JUST
COMING TO THE SHOW TO MAKE MONEY
OR SELL GRILLED CHEESES OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT OR TO SCORE SHEETS
TO TAKE HOME… [MAN]
THERE’S NOTHING
WRONG WITH SELLING
GRILLED CHEESES. THERE’S NOTHING WRONG
WITH SELLING GRILLED CHEESES. MY NAME IS TONI BROWN. I’M THE PUBLISHER
OF RELIX MAGAZINE. I’VE BEEN PUBLISHING RELIX
FOR THE PAST 15 OR SO YEARS. I WENT TO SEE THE GRATEFUL DEAD
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1969. I WAS, I THINK, 13 YEARS OLD, AND I WAS WITH
SOME OLDER COLLEGE FRIENDS. AND IT WAS DEFINITELY
A PIVOTAL POINT IN MY LIFE. I CHANGED 1,000%. I JUST WENT FROM BEING A 13-YEAR-OLD
NAIVE LITTLE GIRL TO JUST WANTING TO KNOW
EVERYTHING THAT WAS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD AROUND ME
FROM THAT ONE EXPERIENCE. I REALLY DON’T KNOW THAT MUSIC CHANGES EVERYONE’S
LIFE THAT IMMEDIATELY, BUT IT DID FOR ME. UM, THIS ISSUE IS OUR COVER
ON MANDATORY MINIMUMS AND HOW IT AFFECTS
THE DEADHEAD SCENE. THIS WAS
ABSOLUTELY OUR MOST
IMPORTANT ISSUE. MY FAVORITE COVER
IS OUR PSYCHEDELIC YEAR-END ISSUE
FROM LAST YEAR. [MAN]
THIS HERE IS CALLED
A DIDGERIDOO–YIDAKI. YIDAKI’S THE REAL NAME FOR IT
IN ABORIGINE CULTURE. AND THEY BELIEVE NOTHING
IN YOUR LIFE HAPPENS UNTIL YOU SING ABOUT IT,
AND THEY CALL IT DREAMTIME. THEIR DREAMTIME IS EVERY DAY,
THE HERE AND NOW. THIS IS THE SOUND
OF THE MOTHER EARTH. IT’S A LIVE PLANET BREATHING. I LIKE TO GO
TO THE JUNGLES, SO I CALL OUT ANIMALS
I’M FAMILIAR WITH – ANYWHERE FROM, LIKE,
KANGAROOS TO SNAKES AND EAGLES AND COCKATOOS
AND KOOKABURRAS. I REALLY HOPE THAT
I GRADUATE FROM VET SCHOOL AND THE GRATEFUL DEAD THING
IS STILL GOING ON. PEOPLE BRING THEIR HOMES
TO THE PARKING LOT, AND THEY LET THE DOGS
OUT OF THEIR HOUSE. THEIR FRONT YARD
IS A PARKING LOT FULL OF PEOPLE AND CARS
AND STUFF LIKE THAT. I’VE SEEN DOGS HIT BY CARS
IN PARKING LOTS. I’VE I’VE SEEN DEHYDRATED
AND OVERHEATED ANIMALS, AND I DON’T THINK
IT’S FAIR THE WAY PEOPLE
TREAT THEIR ANIMALS, AND I’D LOVE TO HELP OUT
IN SOME WAY AS A VETERINARIAN ON TOUR. THIS INSTRUMENT
YOU’VE HEARD PLAYING IS MADE BY TERMITES,
BY NATURE. IT’S CARVED OUT BY NATURE. IF YOU CAN SEE HERE,
IT’S NOT MAN-MADE. IT’S MADE BY TERMITES. WE’RE GOING TO SEE
JERRY’S ART SHOW
DOWNTOWN. TAKING THE MONORAIL. THAT’S THE 3-D IMAGE
HE THINKS OF WHEN HE’S PLAYING
THE GUITAR. HAVE YOU EVER
HAD THAT FEELING WHERE YOU’RE
GETTING SUCKED BACKWARDS IT’S LIKE THAT. YOU KNOW WHAT
I’M TALKING ABOUT? JERRY GARCIA’S ART–
IT’S WONDERFULLY FUN. EVERYBODY LOVES IT.
IT MAKES EVERYONE SMILE. IT’S SUCH AN OPENING
EXPERIENCE FOR US. IT’S A NEW ARTIST,
FOR THE GALLERY ANYWAY, AND IT’S UNLIKE ANYTHING
WE’VE EVER DONE BEFORE. I THINK ARTWORK IN GENERAL,
ESPECIALLY JERRY’S WORK, IS ALWAYS A REFLECTION
OF WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE WORLD. AND THIS IS A REAL SHOW. IT’S REAL ART AND REAL PEOPLE,
AND IT’S BEEN A LOT OF FUN. THAT SECOND NIGHT
ROCKED, MAN. THAT REMINDED ME
OF WHY I GO TO DEAD SHOWS
TO BEGIN WITH. LAST NIGHT WAS GREAT. I HEARD THEY HAD
A NEW SOUND MAN. EVERYTHING
WAS SO CRYSTAL. PHIL WAS RIGHT OUT
THERE, DUDE, AND THE HARMONIES
ARE SO GREAT. THAT’S LIKE
THE FIRST TIME– THE SECOND NIGHT EXPO– I FELT LIKE THAT
WAS THE FIRST TIME I REALLY FELT IT
ALL COME TOGETHER. VINCE WAS THERE, AND I KNEW
HE HAD IT GOING ON. [WOMAN]
THE CROWD WAS THERE
THAT NIGHT. I’M NOT
A REAL CORNYERSON, BUT THAT’S
THE FIRST TIME I EVER
CAME TO S. ALL THE SHOWS ARE SO… I MEAN, FULL OF LOVE,
AND IT’S JUST WILD. LD
DEAD. THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN,
YOU JUST GET HOOKED. SO, UM…UH… I KNOW. I’M TOTALLY
TRIPPING RIGHT NOW, D. [MAN]
I STARTED TOURING
BACK IN 1986, AND RTED MAKING AND I TRAVELED AROUND
WITH MY CHILD. BECAUSE IT SEEMED
LIKE THE SHOWS WERE MORE OF A DANGEROUS PLACE
TO HAVE CHILDREN. IT USED TO BE MORE
OF A FAMILY ATMOSPHERE. WE LIKE TO COME OUT HERE
FROM HAWAII FOR A BREAK
OF THE MELLOWNESS OF HAWAII. WE NEED A LITTLE CHAOS
IN OUR LIVES. J.D. HAS JUST TURNED
12 YEARS OLD. THE BEST THING
ABOUT GOING ON TOUR IS JUST, LIKE,
BEING THERE. AND I FEEL GOOD ABOUT HIM
BEING OUT IN THIS WORLD. IF I HAD SHELTERED HIM IN A NEIGHBORHOOD,
SUBURBAN-TYPE HOME, AND FROM HOME I WOULD BE SCARED TO DEATH THAT SOMETHING BAD
WOULD HAPPEN TO HIM, BUT AS IT IS NOW,
MY SON IS STREETWISE. HE AIN’T DUMB. HE’LL PROBABLY GET THE MONEY
RIGHT OUT OF YOUR POCKET. JUST TRY TO RUN A CON GAME
ON HIM. HE’S GOOD. WE’VE BEEN ON THE TOUR
FOR, OH, ABOUT THREE YEARS NOW. WE CONCEIVED RAIN
AT OUR FIRST DEAD SHOW. WE JUST MET AND JUST
FELL IN LOVE IMMEDIATELY, AND EVERYTHING WORKED OUT, AND WE HAD HER
2 1/2 YEARS AGO IN ATLANTA AT THE DEAD SHOW. IT WAS A REALLY
BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE. WE ALL TRAVEL TOGETHER, AND IT’S JUST ONE BIG, HAPPY,
DEAD KIND OF THING. WELL, IF THE DEAD
STOP GOING ON TOUR, BLY FOR A LITTLE WHILE, BUT BASICALLY,
WHAT COULD I DO? I’D HAVE TO BECOME
A 9-TO-5 PERSON. I’D HAVE TO GO TO WORK. I HAVE A SMALL SON
WHO’S 10 MONTHS. I WOULD LOVE HIM
TO BE ABLE, MAYBE WHEN HE
GETS HIS LICENSE, TO BE ABLE TO SEE THEM. I DON’T CARE IF THEY’RE
IN WHEELCHAIRS PLAYING BANJOS. IT WOULD BE GREAT. [ELECTRIC GUITAR PLAYING] [MAN]
HA! ♪ UP IN THE MORNING,
I RUBBED MY EYES ♪♪ ♪ I LOOKED AROUND,
BUT TO MY SURPRISE ♪ ♪ THERE AIN’T NOTHING
ON MY TABLE ♪ ♪ HOW CAN THIS BE? ♪ ♪ I LOOK AT MY BAG,
AND I’M OUT OF WEED ♪ ♪ I’M GOING TO FIND SOMEONE
WHO’S GOT WHAT I NEED ♪ ♪ ‘CAUSE ALL I GOT LEFT
IS STEMS AND SEEDS ♪ HELLO. MY NAME’S TURTLE.
I’M FROM CALIFORNIA. I LIKE TO SMOKE POT
A LOT. WE’RE CLEANING
OUR HOUSE RIGHT NOW. [MAN]
OW! I STUBBED
MY TOE! [TURTLE]
A LOT OF PEOPLE
CALL US HOMELESS, BUT I
CONSIDER MYSELF ARCHITECTURALLY
DISADVANTAGED. THE FAMILY IS– IT’S THE ONLY THING
THAT KEEPS PEOPLE TOGETHER. IT’S THE ONLY THING
THAT KEEPS US ALIVE. WE FOLLOW THE BAND
WITH A BUNCH OF PEOPLE AND IT’S INSPIRING
FOR IT TO BE ONE THING. IT’S DIFFERENT
FROM HANGING OUT
IN BABYLON, WHERE YOU DON’T
REALLY CARE THAT MUCH ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBOR. HERE EVERYBODY CARES
ABOUT EACH OTHER. THE MUSIC
CARES ABOUT YOU, AND WE ALL SING PRAISES
TO EACH OTHER. IT’S BEAUTIFUL. GOOD WAY TO PUT IT,
BROTHER. MY PARENTS
THINK I’M CRAZY. BECAUSE OF MY PHILOSOPHY
ON LIFE, THEY THINK I’M NUTS. THEY THINK I’M…
UP IN THE STARS. OH, I’LL BE
ON THE ROAD TILL THE ROAD
TAKES ME OFF. ♪ ‘CAUSE ALL I GOT LEFT
IS STEMS AND SEEDS ♪♪♪ I’M A PARAMEDIC, AND WHEN I WORK
DURING THE SHOWS, I USUALLY
RUN A CREW, AND WE’LL GO OUT
INTO THE CROWD AND HELP
THE PEOPLE OUT. WE’LL GET THEM INTO
THE ROCK MED AREA . THERE’S ALWAYS
MEDICAL PROBLEMS. YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT
A SMALL CITY OUT HERE. AND MAYBE 20,000 PEOPLE
OUT HERE. ANY KIND
OF MEDICAL SITUATION THAT COULD COME UP USUALLY DOES
COME UP– ANYTHING FROM COLDS,
BEE STINGS, ALLERGIC REACTIONS. SOMETIMES WE GO
TO CAR ACCIDENTS. WE DID HAVE, UH… ONE TRIPPER WHO CLIMBED UP
ON TOP OF THE PRESS BOX UP THERE AND DECIDED THEY WANTED
TO FLY TO HEAVEN. UH… THAT WAS IN THE MIDDLE
OF THE NIGHT A COUPLE OF NIGHTS AGO. LUCKILY,
THE POLICE BACKED OFF AND, IN AN HOUR OR TWO,
WE WERE ABLE TO TALK HIM DOWN AND GET HIM INTO THE TENT. A COUPLE HOURS AFTER THAT,
THEY BASICALLY WERE RECOVERED, AND WE WERE ABLE
TO LET THEM GO. THE FIRST TIME
I WENT TO THE SHOW WAS…IT WAS…KIND OF… I GOT IN,
AND THE MUSIC STARTED, AND IT WAS–
EVERYBODY WAS DANCING. THEY ALL LOOKED
LIKE THEY WERE– NOBODY WAS DANCING
WITH EACH OTHER. THEY WERE JUST ALL
KIND OF DANCING. EVERYBODY’S UP AND DOWN
AND GOING LIKE THIS, AND I WAS JUST GOING, “LOOK AT ALL THESE FREAKS.
WHAT THE HELL’S GOING ON?” ALL OF A SUDDEN, I LOOKED DOWN,
AND I’M GOING LIKE THIS. ALL THESE HEADS ARE GOING
THIS WAY AND THAT WAY. PRETTY SOON,
IT’S LIKE A MOOD, AND EVERYBODY’S–
AND ALL OF A SUDDEN, R, AND EVERYBODY’S, LIKE, ONE. THEN THE CROWD GETS EXCITED. THEN THE BAND STARTS
GETTING EXCITED. THEN THE CROWD GETS
MORE EXCITED. EVERYONE JUST STARTS FEEDING
ON EVERYTHING, AND THEN IT’S JUST– THIS MAGICAL THING
JUST HAPPENS. AND IT’S JUST SO BEAUTIFUL, AND THAT’S THE BEST WAY
I CAN EXPLAIN IT. MAGIC HAPPENS
WHILE THE BAND PLAYS. THIS IS SINCE HALLOWEEN NIGHT
ON THE EAST COAST IN BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA
IN NEW JERSEY ACROSS FROM GIANTS STADIUM. GOT A BUSINESS CARD
IN THERE, TOO. A LOT OF JERRY GARCIA BAND,
A BUNCH OF GRATEFUL DEAD SHOWS. WHEN YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC,
IT COMES IN. WHEN YOU LISTEN
TO DEAD MUSIC, IT COMES OUT. REALLY NOT ON THE ROAD
ALL THE TIME, BUT 25 YEARS,
30 YEARS, I’VE EITHER BEEN
RIDING MOTORCYCLES OR RIDING IN BUSES
OR CARS. THE KIDS THAT ARE
OUT HERE TODAY ARE EDUCATED. THEIR FAMILY
AS A DEAD COMMUNITY IS SOMETHING THEY LEARN
THROUGH SHARING. THERE’S A COMMUNITY
THAT JUST– THE WORLD NEEDS TO
PICK UP THIS COMMUNITY TO A DEGREE WHERE YOU SEE
SOMEBODY STRUGGLING, YOU HELP THEM. MY DAD WORKED
EVERY DAY OF HIS LIFE. I WENT TO WORK
AT 16. MY IMPRESSION
OF PEOPLE THAT WORK IS IF YOU AREN’T
ENJOYING YOUR WORK AND IT’S WORK, YOU’RE IN
THE WRONG BUSINESS. THEY THINK
THAT THEY’RE HAPPY BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW
WHAT HAPPINESS IS. [MAN]
MATERIAL HAPPINESS. THEY’VE BEEN BROUGHT UP
IN THIS SOCIETY… MY M
THIS RAG IF YOU’RE LIVING
IN BABYLON AND YOU’RE
HAVING TO DEAL WITH ALL
THAT SHIT, MOST PEOPLE I KNOW
AREN’T TRULY HAPPY. WHEN I THINK
I THINK OF M I TRY SO HARD
TO GET AWAY FROM SOCIETY. DON’T VERY MUCH AT ALL. PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND
HOW EASY IT IS TO LIVE WITHOUT
THE 9-TO-5. WE’RE GETTING READY
TO HAVE A BABY IN A FEW MONTHS, AND WE’RE GOING
TO DO THAT ON THE ROAD– JUST DO
THE BEST WE CAN, AND EVERYTHING
TAKES CARE OF ITSELF. GOOD THINGS HAPPEN
TO GOOD PEOPLE. [MAN]
THAT’S ANOTHER THING
I THINK ABOUT THE DEAD. JERRY I’VE SEEN WALKING
THROUGH THE PARKING LOT WHEN BILL GRAHAM
WAS STILL ALIVE AND DISCUSSING THE SCENE. I’VE HEARD JERRY
OUT OF HIS MOUTH SAY, “THIS IS MY FAMILY. THEY BRING US JOY.
WE BRING THEM JOY.” [DOG BARKING] [WOMAN SINGING
IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE] I’M JOHN SCOTT, AND I WRITE WHAT SOME PEOPLE
CALL THE DEADHEAD’S BIBLE. I WAS RAISED VERY MUCH
IN THE PREPPY MOLD. OL THEN TO EXETER
AND FINALLY TO DARTMOUTH. I ASKED THEM HOW THEY RANKED VARIOUS INFLUENCES
ON THEIR LIFE, AND THE NUMBER-ONE RESPONSE
WAS LOVE. AFTER THAT WAS FRIENDS. GRATEFUL DEAD LOGGED
A SURPRISING THIRD. ILY, AND FOOD, EDUCATION,
SEX PRETTY FAR DOWN THE LINE, MONEY EVEN FURTHER DOWN, WORK, SPIRITUALITY,
COMMUNITY, AND BRINGING UP THE REAR
ARE DRUGS AND CHARITY. 97.8% OF THOSE POLLED
ALL OWN CASSETTE DECKS. ON THE OTHER HAND,
ONLY 7.4% OWN A FAX MACHINE. 95% OWN A TIE-DYED T-SHIRT. FAST FOOD–THEY LIKE
TACO BELLS AND McDONALD’S AND THEN WENDY’S AS WELL. MY FAVORITE BREAKFAST CEREAL
IS FROOT LOOPS. MY FAVORITE DRINK? LEMONADE. MY FAVORITE FOOD’S CHEETOS. [SCOTT]
THEIR FAVORITE COLOR
IS OVERWHELMINGLY BLUE, PURPLE COMING IN
AT ABOUT HALF THAT RATE. T THERE’S NOBODY LIKE ME
IN HARVEST, ALABAMA. I THINK THAT’S PROBABLY
PRETTY TELLING RIGHT THERE. I’M THOMAS. I’M A BUS MECHANIC ON TOUR.
I REALLY DIG TOUR. MY FIRST BUS
WAS A ’47 DODGE THAT I FOUND IN A JUNKYARD
IN EUGENE FAR OUT. THIS IS EUGENE HERE. I’M REALLY FASCINATED
BY TOUR. I’M SO INTO IT.
I LEARN AS I GO. I’VE LEARNED SO MUCH
JUST FROM BUILDING MY FIRST BUS. I SOLD IT AT DEADLOT
AND BOUGHT MY SECOND BUS, WHICH IS A WOODEN-CABIN
’46 DODGE. I’M SO INTO IT,
I WANT TO WORK ON ANY BUS THAT ANYBODY
COMES UP TO ME WITH. LIVING IN BUSES IS MY LIFE. I’VE LIVED IN A BUS
FOR FIVE YEARS. I LIVE IN THE HILLS. REALLY INTERESTING CULTURE
IN JUST BUS GYPSIES. IT’S A TRUE FACTION
OF AMERICAN LEGENDS, MAN. IT’S TRUE AMERICAN FOLKLORE–
BUS GYPSIES. CHECK IT OUT. I LIVE IN THE WOODS.
I LIVE SIMPLY. BACK-TO-THE-LAND STYLE PRETTY MUCH
IS AN OVERALL FEELING IN GENERAL
WITH THE BUS CULTURE. YOU CAN TAKE YOUR HOUSE
ON THE ROAD WITH YOU TO WHEREVER
YOU WANT TO GO. THIS ’58 CHEVY
WAS AVAILABLE IN THE WOODS, SITTING DOWN THERE
IN HUMBOLDT, SO WE TOOK IT, LIFTED IT UP
INTO THE TREES WITH COME-ALONGS
AND TRUCKER STRAPS, DROVE THIS BUS UNDERNEATH… OSCAR, GOOD BOY.
GOOD BOY, OSCAR. GET INSIDE. GET INSIDE. AND, UH, SO, UH–
LOVE THAT DOG, MAN. I’VE JUST GOT FINISHED
DOING ANOTHER BUS– A ’46 CHEVROLET
WITH A WAYNE COACH ON IT. I PUT A ’64 VOLKSWAGEN
SPLIT-WINDOW VAN ON TOP, AND THAT’S THE BUS–
THE BUS WAY… IT’S NEVER FINISHED EITHER.
IT’S ALWAYS EVOLVING. THE ONLY THING CONSTANT
IS CHANGE WITH EVERYTHING. MY NAME’S ZANE KESEY.
MY DAD IS KEN KESEY. THE GRATEFUL DEAD– THEY’VE BEEN AROUND
A LONG TIME, BUT THEY USED TO BE
A LITTLE GARAGE BAND . WAS
AYING, AND THEY WERE MAKING IT UP
AS THEY WENT ALONG. I HAD NO IDEA
THEY ACTUALLY PLAYED SONGS. I GREW UP ON BUBBLES AND DAY-GLO
AND PAINT YOUR FACE AND… EVERYBODY WAS CLOWNS. LIKE HAVING WAVY GRAVY
AROUND ALL THE TIME– I DIDN’T KNOW
HE WAS DIFFERENT. I THOUGHT EVERYBODY
WAS PART-TIME CLOWN. I LOVE THIS SCENE. I WISH THIS WAS HERE
EVERY WEEK. IT WOULD BE
JUST FINE WITH ME. IT’S A FULL COMMUNITY. WHEN I SAW THE…THE… UH, BOTLE AND CAN
REDEMPTION PLACE– AT THAT POINT,
YOU’RE A COMMUNITY. IT’S LIKE DAD SAYS–
THE SIXTIES ISN’T OVER YET, NOT UNTIL THE FAT LADY
GETS HIGH. HI. UM, I’M CASSIE. I’M…I’M FROM ENGLAND
ORIGINALLY–MANCHESTER. IN ENGLAND, YOU’D HAVE
JUST THE FIELDS. EVERYONE WOULD JUST
BE CAMPING WHERE THEY ARE. IT’S MORE MELLOW. THE DEADHEADS–IT’S LIKE
THE TRAVELERS’ SCENE, THE SAME WAY OF LIFE,
NOT HAVING A BASE, ND. WITH THE TRAVELERS IN ENGLAND,
THERE’S DIFFERENT GROUPS. THERE’S THE BREW CREW, WHICH DO HAVE
A LOT OF BAD PRESS AND CREATE A LOT
OF PROBLEMS IN ENGLAND. THEN YOU HAVE
THE GREEN PEOPLE, THE PAGANS. IT’S ACCEPTING
WHO YOU ARE AND LOVING YOURSELF
WHO YOU ARE. YOU LOVE AND RESPECT
THE EARTH. YOU LOVE THE STARS.
YOU LOVE THE SKY, THE MOON. YOU ARE IN TUNE
WITH NATURE. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL,
PEACEFUL RELIGION, IF YOU WANT TO CALL IT
A RELIGION. [BOY]
AS YOU SEE HERE,
WE HAVE SHAKEDOWN STREET, WHICH IS NOT REALLY
A NAME OF THE STREET. BUT THIS HERE
IS, LIKE, THE BUSIEST PLACE, WHERE YOU CAN GET…
LET’S SEE… WHERE YOU CAN GET
MOSTLY EVERYTHING THAT A DEADHEAD
WANTS HERE, BESIDES PRIVACY AND STUFF,
WHICH IS OVER THERE, WHERE THEY JUST WANT
TO PARK AND SLEEP. BUT OVER HERE IS WHERE
YOU CAN GET STICKERS, TIE-DYED SHIRTS,
TIE-DYED CLOTHING, TIE-DYED THINGS,
SHIRTS– AS YOU SEE,
I’M WEARING ONE RIGHT HERE– AND YOU CAN GET
FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS, AND. , AND MOSTLY, IT’S JUST
THE FUNNEST PLACE. THIS IS ONE PLACE
WHERE YOU CAN GET FOOD. YES, I GOT
FRIENDS ON TOUR. IF YOU WANT TO,
I’LL SHOW YOU A COUPLE OF THEM. YEAH, THIS HERE
IS FAST EDDIE. HE’S A RAINBOW
WARRIOR…WHATEVER. NO, A RAINBOW WARRIOR,
A DEADHEAD,
AN AMERICAN HIPPIE. BEEN FOLLOWING
THE GRATEFUL DEAD 16 BEAUTIFUL
RAINBOW YEARS, LIVING A LIFE
AS AN AMERICAN HIPPIE, JUST TRYING TO MAKE IT
IN AMERICA, AND GETTING READY
FOR WOODSTOCK THIS YEAR. WHO’S YOUR BUDDY? WE’LL TEAR IT UP
THIS YEAR. WE DO
THE JOB RIGHT… THIS IS BRUCE. BECAUSE
WE DO IT TWICE. RIGHT ON, MAN.
THAT’S ALL YOU GET, GUYS. WE DO THE JOB RIGHT
BECAUSE WE DO IT TWICE. ALL RIGHT, BROTHER. GIVE THEM A LAUGH, BRO.
ONE LAUGH. HA HA HA HA HA. GIVE THEM
A WAVY LAUGH. HA HA HA HA HA HA! RIGHT ON, BRO. ALL RIGHT. [MAN]
OH, GOD, THE FIRST
DEAD SHOW I SAW WAS PROBABLY 1967,
BACK AT… MIGHT HAVE BEEN
THE BOSTON TEA PARTY, BACK IN MASSACHUSETTS. I WAS STILL
IN HIGH SCHOOL. IT WAS A REAL BLAST. OUR COMMUNE, THE EARTH
PEOPLE’S PARK COMMUNE– WE BOUGHT LAND IN THE LATE
SIXTIES AND EARLY SEVENTIES AND LET WHOEVER WANTED
TO LIVE ON IT LIVE ON IT. WE BOUGHT A MILE
ON THE CANADIAN BORDER IN N OODS BODY IT’S DEEDED
TO EVERYBODY ON EARTH. UH, WE HAD, YOU KNOW,
WILD–WILD S-SEXUAL ORGIES. I MEAN, IT WAS NOTHING. IT WAS JUST…
IT WAS BEING FREE. IT WAS THE FREEST
I THINK I’D EVER BEEN. THERE WAS NO HANG-UPS. YOU COULD
WALK BY A ROOM, AND THERE WOULD BE
10 OR 15 PEOPLE HAVING FUN. I REMEMBER WE WENT TO
THE CLAP CLINIC IN BERKELEY ONCE BECAUSE SOMEONE FROM THE EAST
COAST HAD BEEN VISITING, AND IT TURNED OUT
THEY HAD THE CLAP, AND THERE WAS ABOUT 18 OF US THE NEXT DAY,
JUST TAKING PRECAUTIONS. I DON’T AGREE WITH,
YOU KNOW, FREE SEX, AND…UM…
AND THAT KIND OF FREE LOVE, AS IN THE SIXTIES. I THINK FREE LOVE IS A MUCH BIGGER CONCEPT
THAN JUST SEX. I THINK IT WOULD INCLUDE SHARING WITH YOUR BROTHERS
AND SISTERS, CONCERN ABOUT THE WORLD. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE
CONFUSE THE SIXTIES WITH THE GRATEFUL DEAD
KIND OF CULT, BECAUSE I THINK
IT’S SO MUCH DIFFERENT. I THINK A LOT OF US
ARE FOR THE NINETIES INSTEAD OF TRYING
TO RELIVE THE SIXTIES. CE RT WITH THE GRATEFUL DEAD
IN 19–OCTOBER OF ’75 IN GOLDEN GATE PARK. IT WAS THE LAST ONE
THAT THEY DID BEFORE BILL GRAHAM DIED. IT WAS EARLY MORNING. WE WERE DOING THE SECURITY
AND THE SETUP AND EVERYTHING, AND WE HEARD THIS SOUND
WAY OFF IN THE BACKGROUND. IT SOUNDS LIKE THUNDER. IT KEEPS GETTING LOUDER
THE CLOSER IT GETS, AND WE’RE WONDERING, JUST WHAT THE HELL
IS THIS NOISE THAT’S COMING? AND AS IT GETS
REALLY CLOSE, WE CAN TELL IT SOUNDS LIKE
A PACK OF MOTORCYCLES, HARLEYS. WELL, IT’S THE HELL’S ANGELS. THERE’S ABOUT 200 OF THEM. THEY PULL UP
TO THE BACKSTAGE ENTRANCE. THE FIRST TWO
THAT ARE RIDING UP FRONT JUST LIKE COWBOYS
COMING OFF A TRAIL DRIVE. THEY CASUALLY WALK UP
TO THE FENCE, PULL OUT THEIR WIRE CUTTERS, CUT THE FENCE,
ROLL IT BACK REAL NONCHALANTLY. ALL THE BIKES COME IN. THEY ROLL BACK THE FENCE,
HOOK IT UP. ♪ EEE ♪ ♪ EEE ♪ ♪ YESTERDAY, HE WAS
JUST A MEMORY TO ME ♪ ♪ OF THE TIMES
I THOUGHT I’D HAD ♪ ♪ THINKING THINGS
I CANNOT BE ♪ ♪ WAITING FOR STORMS TO LAND ♪♪ [MAN]
EVERYBODY SEEMS TO BE LOST. AS CHILDREN, THEY HAVE
NO CAUSE TO FOLLOW S. WE TRY TO TEACH
YOUNG PEOPLE NOT TO ABUSE THEIR BODY
OR THEIR SOUL AND GET OPLE. AS YOU CAN SEE, WE SEEM
TO DO IT PRETTY WELL. THIS HAS ALWAYS
BEEN THERE FOR ME. MY FAMILY
HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE BUT SPREAD OUT PHYSICALLY. HERE, IT’S A GROUP
OF PEOPLE THAT ARE ALWAYS
IN ONE PLACE. THIS IS MY LAST TOUR FOREVER.
THIS IS IT. THIS IS THE LAST TOUR, AND AFTER THAT,
I’M GOING TO GET A REAL JOB AND TRY AND…
TRY AND ASSIMILATE INTO THE…
THE REAL WORLD. I THINK THAT, UH…
I DON’T KNOW. I THINK THERE’S
A LOT OF YOUNG KIDS, HOMELESS, THAT NO ONE REALLY WANTS,
AND THEY END UP HERE. THEY’RE HERE FOR THE DRUGS,
SOME SENSE OF FAMILY, BUT IF THIS IS THE ONLY
FAMILY THEY CAN FIND, YOU KNOW, I THINK
THAT’S PRETTY BAD, BECAUSE MOST OF THE KIDS
WHO END UP HERE LIKE THAT END UP, YOU KNOW–
THEY’RE 16, THEY’RE SMOKING CRACK,
THEY’RE SMOKING COKE, OR THEY’RE BOOTING,
YOU KNOW, HEROIN. IT’S AS PRETTY
AS WHAT IT APPEARS TO BE. THERE’S FIGHTS,
THERE’S BLOOD, AND IN MOST OF THE ARENAS, THERE’S AN EFFORT TO GET MOST
OF THESE PEOPLE OUT OF THERE. [MAN]
WHEN I FIRST DID THIS, I COULD MAKE MONEY
AND SEE SHOWS EVERY NIGHT. I SAW THE COUNTRY
FOR FREE. I ONLY COME NOW
BECAUSE IT’S A JOB. B BUT I MAKE $5 AN HOUR
AT A BAKERY, SO I WORK ALL WEEK,
AND I MAKE WHAT? $100? $150? ON A GOOD NIGHT,
I CAN MAKE THAT IN AN HOUR. [MAN]
IN THE LAST FEW YEARS,
IT’S DEFINITELY DETERIORATED. YOU CAN DEFINITELY TRACE IT
TO AROUND ’88, ’89, AND THE GRATEFUL DEAD’S
POPULARITY TOOK OFF THEN. BEFORE THEN, THERE WASN’T
THE LITTLE TEENYBOPPER SCENE, AND THAT HAS
DEFINITELY INCREASED OVER THE LAST
FIVE OR SIX YEARS, WHICH HAS INCREASED
VENDING AND DRUGS. CING FIVE YEARS AGO,
PEOPLE WALKED AROUND SAYING “LSD” WIDE-OPEN. IT WAS “MUSHROOMS, LSD.” EVERY THIRD PERSON
WAS SAYING “LSD, ECSTASY.” NOW YOU HEAR WHISPERS. PEOPLE ARE AFRAID
THEY’LL GET ARRESTED L SOME OF IT HAS TO DO
WITH THE GRATEFUL DEAD. THEY’VE BEEN APATHETIC
AND APOLITICAL ALL THESE YEARS. THAT HELPS
CAUSE A PROBLEM. THIS IS MY LAST TOUR
BECAUSE I CAN’T STAND ERE, THESE PEOPLE SAY,
“OH, WE’RE PEACEFUL, WE’RE RESPECTFUL,
WE LOVE,” BUT, YOU KNOW, THEY DON’T
DO ANY OF THOSE THINGS. THEY’RE DISRESPECTFUL. THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND
COMMON COURTESY. THEY DON’T HAVE RESPECT
FOR OTHER PEOPLE. THEY HAVE NO BOUNDARIES,
YOU KNOW, WITH OTHER PEOPLE. UM…I THINK
THEY USE THAT AS A COVER
TO BE SELFISH, YOU KNOW. I’M SAD, BECAUSE
I LIKE THE MUSIC. I HATE COMING.
I HATE… I SAID, “COME DOWN HERE
WITH YOUR CAMERA AT 3:00. SEE THE VIOLENCE.
SEE THE DRUGS.” YOU KNOW, I SLEEP
WITH A WEAPON HERE. YOU KNOW, I’M SCARED. GAVE AWAY EVERYTHING…
SOLD MY CAR…75 BUCKS… CAME HERE
WITH MY GIRLFRIEND… WE’RE TRAVELING
AROUND… SEEING THE…
SEEING THE WORLD,
SEEING LIFE… LIVING… FREE FROM… JUST JOBS…
A LOT OF WORRIES… JUST TRAVELING AROUND. THIS IS
MY FIRST SHOW…. NOT MY FIRST TIME
WITH DRUGS. IT’S GREAT. A FEW DAYS AGO,
MY FRIEND… UM…HE WAS
IN THE CAL EXPO SHOWS…. AND…HE SAW A FRIEND OF HIS,
THIS GIRL, AND SHE SAID THAT
ON HER WAY TO CAL EXPO SHOW, SHE WAS DRIVING, LIKE,
THROUGH THE TREES OR SOMETHING, LIKE, REDWOODS
OR SOMETHING, AND SHE SAW AN ANGEL
WALKING IN THE TREES, AND SO SHE PULLED OVER TO SEE WHAT THE ANGEL
WAS DOING, AND THE ANGEL TOLD HER
THAT ON JUNE 17, 1994… THAT…THE FIRST
TRUMPET WILL BLOW OF THE SEVEN ANGELS
IN REVELATIONS, — SHE WAS REALLY FREAKED OUT
BY WHAT SHE HAD JUST SEEN, AND SO SHE JUST
KEPT DRIVING, AND A COP PULLED HER OVER, AND SHE–SHE TOLD
THE COP HER STORY, AID
EOPLE HAD TOLD HER
THE SAME THING. LOVE…OOH! THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE
BESIDES MUSIC, MAN, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.
YEAH. LET’S SEE… I DON’T THINK
I’VE FALLEN IN LOVE
WITH ANYONE YET. BUT THERE’S A LOT OF FUCKING CUTE BOYS
OUT THERE, DUDE. THE HIGHEST
CONCENTRATION
OF CUTE BOYS IS ON THE DEADLOT,
AND IT’S REALLY COOL. E, IT’S SO FUCKING–
FUCK LOVE, DUDE. IN THE WORLD,
BESIDES JAMAICA, MON. I SUPPOSE LOVE IS,
LIKE, A GOOD IDEAL, BUT THERE’S JUST MY PARENTS WERE DIVORCED, AND SO I JUST STAYED
WITH MY MOTHER. SHE WAS YOUNG, SO I JUST
WENT WHERE SHE WENT. I WAS ABOUT… I THINK,
ABOUT 8 YEARS OLD,
MY FIRST SHOW. ALSO THAT SAME YEAR,
I WENT TO MY FIRST
RAINBOW GATHERING. I LIVE IN A VERY
FAITHFUL WAY, AND I KNOW THAT THINGS
ARE GOING TO HAPPEN TO BABYLON, YOU KNOW. THINGS ARE GOING TO
HAPPEN TO MAKE… TO MAKE THIS
SOCIETY REALIZE THAT IT’S
NOT WORKING NOW… TO MAKE THE PEACEFUL
TRANSFORMATION
FOR WORLD HAPPINESS… PEOPLE ARE NOT…
WE’RE BECOMING
OVERPOPULATED… AND…YOU KNOW…
EVERYONE’S JUST… IT’S MONEY,
MONEY, MONEY… IN MY HEART, I KNOW
THAT I WILL LIVE, MATTER
S HAPPEN, JAH WILL ALWAYS GUIDE ME TO THE SAFE PLACE WHERE
THOSE THINGS HAPPEN. THAT’S WHAT
GRATEFUL DEAD TEACHES ME. THEY’RE ALL HERE
FOR THE SAME REASONS. THEY’RE ALL HERE
FOR THAT VIBE, . THAT YOU CANNOT FIND
ANYWHERE ELSE. YOU CAN’T BECOME PART OF THE CONCRETE
JUNGLE, YOU KNOW? WE, UH…WE DROVE
FROM ONTARIO TO CHICAGO, AND OUR ONE VAN
WASN’T WORKING RIGHT, SO WE LEFT IT THERE
WITH OUR STUFF IN IT AND MET A GUY AT A BLUES
FESTIVAL DOWN THERE THAT SAID HE’D DRIVE US
TO SACRAMENTO, AND TH HIM, AND THE VAN BROKE DOWN,
LIKE, SIX TIMES, AND, UH, WE GOT IT TOWED,
LIKE, 200 MILES, AND, UH,
THEN WE MADE IT THERE, AND WE HAD TO
LEAVE IT THERE BECAUSE WE COULDN’T
AFFORD TO GET IT FIXED, AND THEN WE RENTED
A U-HAUL. WE SAID WE WERE MOVING, AND WE TOOK A U-HAUL
FROM THERE TO SEATTLE, SO NOW WE DON’T HAVE
ANY WHEELS OR ANYTHING. WE’RE JUST GETTING RIDES
ON THE MIRACLE BUS. I SUPPOSE YOU COULD JUST
FOLLOW THE GRATEFUL DEAD AND DEDICATE YOURSELF, BUT THAT’S NOT MUCH
OF AN EXISTENCE IF YOU DON’T HAVE
SOME PURPOSE. AND, LIKE, RIGHT NOW,
I’M ON ECSTASY, HOWS ME IS ALL THE DIFFERENT
FEARS I HAVE, AND IT HELPS ME TO JUST BREAK DOWN
ALL THOSE WALLS AND STOP GETTING STUCK IN SUCH THE MOVIE
OF THINGS AND TO STAND HIGH
ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN AND LOOK DOWN AND JUST SEE THE TRUTH
WITHIN IT ALL AND THAT WE WILL ALWAYS
HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED. IF WE BELIEVE
IN MOTHER EARTH, SHE WILL ALWAYS
PROTECT US. THOSE WHO DON’T BELIEVE
WILL GET CAUGHT UP BUT I HAVE FAITH THAT THERE’S GOING
TO BE PEACE ON EARTH, AND THOSE PEOPLE
WHO BELIEVE, THEY’RE GOING TO ALL
BE HERE TO SEE IT, AND THOSE PEOPLE
WHO DON’T BELIEVE, THEY’RE JUST GOING TO SEE
THE DESTRUCTION OF IT. ALL THE PEOPLE
IN BABYLON– WOULD YOU LIKE ME
TO SING A SONG? O.K. MY SISTER BLUE
TAUGHT ME THIS. ♪ THE RIVER,
SHE IS FLOWING ♪ ♪ FLOWING AND GROWING ♪ ♪ THE RIVER,
SHE IS FLOWING ♪ ♪ DOWN TO THE SEA ♪ ♪ THE RIVER, SHE IS FLOWING ♪ ♪ FLOWING AND GROWING ♪ ♪ THE RIVER,
SHE IS FLOWING ♪ ♪ DO ♪ MOTHER, CARRY ME ♪ ♪ YOUR CHILD,
I’LL ALWAYS BE ♪ ♪ FATHER, CARRY ME ♪ ♪ DOWN TO THE SEA ♪ ♪ THE RIVER,
SHE IS FLOWING ♪ ♪ FLOWING AND GROWING ♪ ♪ THE RIVER,
SHE IS FLOWING ♪ ♪ DOWN TO THE SEA ♪♪ [DRUMS PLAYING] [MAN]
TOUR’S HARD, MAN. DON’T LET ANYBODY
TELL YOU IT’S EASY– YOU MAKE
A COUPLE OF SHIRTS AND MAKE A MILLION
FUCKING DOLLARS. KIDS, DON’T TRY THIS
AT HOME. IF YOU DON’T KNOW
WHAT THE HELL
YOU’RE DOING, STAY THE FUCK HOME
WITH YOUR PARENTS OR GO FUCKING
GET A JOB. THERE’S SOME
FUCKED-UP PEOPLE THAT COME AROUND DEAD SHOWS
TO RIP STUFF OFF. THERE’S QUITE A FEW,
IN FACT. I WAS ASLEEP. I HAD MY WHOLE WAD
TAKEN FROM ME IN EUGENE. YOUR TYPICAL VW VAN DRIVE,
AND IT BROKE DOWN ON US. WE WERE TRYING TO
BUM-START IT AT A REST STOP, AND OUR FRIEND’S PIT BULL
GOT OUT OF HIS CAR. WE LEFT HIM THERE
BY ACCIDENT. [WOMAN]
EVERYBODY JUMPED
BACK INTO THE CAR, AND WE FORGOT MAGOO
AT THE REST AREA. IT’S PRETTY
DEVASTATING FOR US BECAUSE HE WAS PART
OF OUR FAMILY, AND, UM… [MAN]
I LOVE MY DOG.
HE’S GONE. I MISS HIM.
I WANT HIM BACK. IF SOMEBODY WILL HELP ME
GET HIM BACK, I’D DO ANYTHING
FOR THAT PERSON. HE’S A PIT BULL, BUT HE DOESN’T FIGHT
OTHER DOGS. HE’S SUCH A FRIENDLY DOG, WHERE A POODLE
COULD PROBABLY BEAT HIM UP. ♪ SO MANY PEOPLE WITH NO PLACE
TO LAY THEIR HEADS ♪ ♪ STANDING IN SOUP LINES
TO GET THEIR DAILY BREAD ♪ ♪ AND THEY’RE WONDERING ♪ ♪ WHERE’S THEIR PIECE
OF THE DREAM? ♪ [MAN]
TAKE WHAT YOU NEED!
USE WHAT YOU GET! ♪ THE SADNESS IN THEIR EYES
REFLECTS THE PAIN ♪ ♪ THEY SLEEP IN CARDBOARD BOXES
TO KEEP OUT OF THE RAIN ♪♪ IT’S A GAMBLE. YOU GO ON TOUR
FROM SHOW TO SHOW. IF YOU’RE A VENDOR,
IT’S A GAMBLE, AND YOU SHOULD PICK
YOUR SHIT UP BEHIND YOU AND NOT BE A MESS LIKE ALL YOU ASSHOLE
FOOD AND BEER VENDORS WHO DON’T GIVE A FUCK
ABOUT NOBODY, AND YOU SELL YOUR SHIT,
AND YOU FUCKING LEAVE AND GO TO THE NEXT SHOW, AND YOU DON’T PUT
NOTHING INTO THE SCENE. ALL YOU DO IS LEAVE
YOUR BIG FUCKING MESS. BASICALLY, WE MANUFACTURE
AND SELL TIE-DYES TO, UH, DEAD CUSTOMERS. OH…ABOUT 75,000 A YEAR,
ROUGHLY, DOING THAT. THE VENDORS ARE BLAMED
FOR THE–THE–THE DECLINE AND THE DECADENCE
OF WHAT’S HAPPENED OUT HERE. I MEAN,
THERE’S DEFINITELY TIMES WHEN OTHER PEOPLE
SEE US THAT WAY. THEY’RE LIKE,
“OH, THOSE DAMN VENDORS.” AND WE SAY THE SAME THING
ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE, SO IT’S JUST LIKE– IT IS A MICROCOSM
OF THE WORLD BECAUSE EVERYBODY IS ALWAYS,
“IT’S THOSE DAMN WHOEVERS.” SO A LOT OF PEOPLE
WHO DON’T VEND SEE US AS THE REAL PROBLEM
IN THE PARKING LOT, WHY THE POLICE ARE SO HARSH, WHY GRATEFUL DEAD
COMES DOWN ON PEOPLE IN THE PARKING LOT
SO HARD, YOU KNOW, AND I GUESS THAT
KIND OF FITS A LITTLE. YOU’RE FUCKING THE WHOLE
SCENE UP, AND THAT’S IT. YOU NITROUS GUYS
ARE IN THE SAME CATEGORY. YOU SHOULDN’T BE
COMING ANYMORE EITHER. AND THE DEAD ARE
REALLY SICK OF IT. NOWADAYS,
YOU HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT JUST GETTING
TO A CAMPGROUND BEFORE YOU GET
PULLED OVER
AT CHECKPOINTS. [SIREN] [DRUMS PLAYING] [INDISTINCT SINGING] [WOMAN]
THERE ARE SO FEW PLACES
IN THE WORLD THAT YOU CAN GO
AND TRULY FEEL LIKE YOURSELF, TRULY BE YOURSELF, AND THAT’S O.K.
BECAUSE THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU ARE TRULY
BEING THEMSELVES, AND THE DEAD SHOWS TO ME ARE ONE OF THE LAST… VESTIGES OF FREE ZONE. HUMAN BEINGS HAVE
A BASIC, FUNDAMENTAL NEED TO BE WITH MASSES
OF OTHER HUMAN BEINGS AT CERTAIN TIMES. I DON’T KNOW WHY THAT IS, BUT IT’S CLEAR.
IT’S CLEAR. PEOPLE WILL GO
TO SPORTS ARENAS, AND LARGE MASS
GROUPS OF PEOPLE GO TO CHURCH
IN MASS GROUPS. PEOPLE GO TO CONCERTS,
DIFFERENT CONCERTS, . NOW, THE EGO HAS A CHANCE TO DROP AWAY
AND CLEANSE ITSELF. I GREW UP IN A REAL,
I GUESS, GHETTO-TYPE AREA,
YOU COULD SAY, AND I GOT INTO
STEALING AND DRUGS, YOU KNOW, AT, LIKE,
11 YEARS OLD. THE CULTURE THAT PEOPLE ARE
BROUGHT UP IN, THE BACKGROUND– AND IT DOESN’T MAKE THAT PERSON
NECESSARILY BAD. SOMETIMES, PEOPLE JUST DON’T
KNOW BETTER, YOU KNOW? I JUST REALIZED THAT… IF YOU RESPECT
THE MOTHER EARTH AS YOUR OWN BODY, THEN IT RESPECTS YOU, AND IT’S LIKE A WHOLE
DIVINE PLAN, YOU KNOW? THIS GREAT MYSTERY OF JUST…
PURE LOVE, YOU KNOW? AND IF YOU CAN
SEE THINGS THAT WAY, THEN EVERYTHING WILL ALWAYS
BE THE WAY YOU WANT IT. YOU DON’T NEED MONEY. YOU DON’T NEED, YOU KNOW,
MATERIAL THINGS. ALL YOU NEED IS NATURE,
AND JAH WILL ALWAYS PROVIDE. YOU KNOW,
IT’S JUST FLOWING. THAT’S JUST
WHAT I’M INTO NOW. [INDISTINCT SINGING] [WOMAN]
I TOLD STANLEY MOUSE THAT I THOUGHT THE GUY
ON THE COVER WAS REALLY COOL, AND HE SAID, “THAT’S YOU.” I WENT, “IT’S HARD TO TELL
WITHOUT THE SKIN.” HE SAID,
“IT’S OMEGA-WOMAN.” HERE, THEY’RE BURNING
THEIR FIRST GOLD RECORD. THEY COULDN’T BURN IT, SO THEY
ENDED UP SHOOTING IT LATER, AFTER THEY TOOK IT APART
AND PLAYED IT. THEN BILL GRAHAM DID
THE INTRODUCTION FOR ME. WHEN I ASKED HIM,
HE GOES, “WHY DO YOU WANT ME
TO DO THIS?” I GO, “BECAUSE YOU’RE FAMOUS,
AND IT’LL HELP ME SELL BOOKS. BESIDES, YOU’LL COMPLAIN
IF I DON’T ASK YOU.” IN MY FANTASY, I SEE MYSELF
WALKING IN A ROOM, A LONG, BEAUTIFUL,
LIKE, BALLROOM, AND I HAVE A VERY LOW-CUT
RED DRESS ON, LIKE THE RED DRESS HE SINGS
ABOUT IN SAME THING, THE SONG
BY WILLIE NELSON. HE SANG IT LAST NIGHT.
IT FELT SO GOOD. AND AND HE GOES, “IT’S YOU.” I GO, “YES, IT’S ME.” AND HE SWOOPS ME UP AND DANCES
ME AWAY IN A BALLROOM. I MET THEM
AUGUST 2, 1968, AND THEY CAME TO PLAY
AT OUR BALLROOM CHRISTINA WAS ABOUT 5,
AND CREEK WAS 3. MICKEY’S THE ONLY DAD
THAT THEY’VE EVER REALLY HAD. I SAID, “WHAT WAS IT ABOUT ME
THAT YOU LIKED, ANYWAY?” HE SAID, “I THOUGHT
YOU WERE KIND OF FAT, BUT I LIKED HOW YOU HANDLED
YOUR CLIPBOARD.” YEARS LATER,
HE WAS ASKING ME, “DIDN’T WE HAVE SEX
ON OUR FIRST DATE?” I GO, “WE DATED FOR A YEAR
BEFORE WE HAD SEX.” MICKEY AND PHIL WENT
TO BILL’S HOUSE, AND I WENT WITH THEM. THEY MARCHED AROUND
IN HIS DRIVEWAY WITH THESE TAMBOURINES
AND PLACARDS GOING “HARE BOBO,
UNCLE BOBO, HARE HARE,” AND BILL GOES,
“WHAT DO YOU WANT NOW?” IT’S 11:30 AT NIGHT. THEY SAID, “WE WANT
TO GO TO EGYPT.” HE’S LIKE–
THIS IS IN 1977– “IT’S BAD OVER THERE.
WE CAN’T GO TO EGYPT.” HERE’S BILL A FEW DAYS
AFTER WE’D BEEN IN EGYPT. WE SAID,
“JUST BE OUR GUEST.” BILL’S FEELING
A LOT BETTER NOW. WE HAD WONDERFUL
ADVENTURES THERE. BEGIN, CARTER, AND SADAT
WERE MEETING AT CAMP DAVID THE WEEKEND THE GRATEFUL DEAD
PLAYED AT THE PYRAMID, AND JAHAN SADAT
WAS ON STAGE WITH US, AND THERE WAS AN ECLIPSE
OF THE FULL MOON ONLY VISIBLE FROM
THE EASTERN HEMISPHERE, AND IT WAS
THE 35th ANNIVERSARY OF HOFFMAN’S
DISCOVERY OF LSD. IT WAS QUITE AUSPICIOUS. THERE’S NO WAY WE COULD HAVE
PLANNED ALL THAT, ESPECIALLY
THE CAMP DAVID TALKS. IT WAS WONDERFUL. ♪ I GOT A HOLE IN MY FINGER ♪ ♪ AND I CAN’T PLAY
WORTH A DAMN ♪ ♪ IF I STOP,
THE PAIN WILL LINGER ♪ ♪ LIKE RUST
ON AN OLD TIN CAN ♪ ♪ I AIN’T GOT NOTHING TO… ♪♪ I HAVE IT DOWN TO
AN ECONOMIC SYSTEM. $15 WORTH OF FRUIT WILL GET ME
50 FRUIT CUPS AT $1.00 APIECE, SO $35 PROFIT
ON A $15 INVESTMENT. I’M SELF-EMPLOYED.
I SET MY OWN HOURS. 45, 50 BUCKS
IN A HALF-AN-HOUR’S TIME. I’VE BEEN LEARNING TO GET BY
ON $3.00 TO $5.00 A DAY. I’M GOING TO BE 30
IN JANUARY. THIS IS THE FINAL SUMMER
OF MY YOUTH. I’VE WANTED TO DO THIS
FOR 10 YEARS. IT’S HARD TO JUSTIFY
IF I’M GOING TO HAVE CHILDREN. IT’S NOT VERY STABLE. I’VE BEEN TO 12 SHOWS
ON THIS SUMMER TOUR, AND I HAVEN’T BEEN IN
TO A SINGLE ONE. ♪ TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS
WITH YOU, BABY ♪♪ ♪ BRING ME TO YOUR HOME ♪ ♪ I GOT A BAD,
BEAT-UP CONSCIENCE ♪ ‘ ♪ AND THOUGH I HAVE NOT
TWO CENTS ♪ ♪ I FIND A WAY ♪ ♪ CAN’T PUT MY… ♪ THE FIRST PEOPLE
DOWN HERE– THOSE THREE NAMES
I CALLED– WILL HAVE YOUR CHOICE
OF STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, GRATEFUL DEAD,
OR FIGHT TICKETS… IT WOULD BE NICE
TO BE ABLE TO CRUISE AROUND THE COUNTRY
FOLLOWING A BAND. THE CROWD’S COOL. THEY BRING MONEY
INTO THE VALLEY. I HAVE ONLY POSITIVE THINGS
TO SAY ABOUT THE DEAD. SOME OF THE WOMEN
ARE PRETTY HOT-LOOKING, ESPECIALLY THE WAY
THEY DRESS. IT’S LIKE, MAN. THERE’S A LOT OF MAGIC. THERE’S BAD STUFF, TOO, SO I WANT TO
TAKE AHOLD OF THE MAGIC IF I WAS NORMAL, I’D BE GRADUATING
FROM HIGH SCHOOL TODAY D , IT’S SO MUCH BETTER. PEOPLE WHO THINK DEADHEADS
ARE DANGEROUS ARE SILLY, BECAUSE WE ARE SO NICE. ♪ OH OH OOH OH OH ♪♪ [WOMAN]
I WENT TO COLLEGE
FOR 3 1/2 YEARS, AND THEN I QUIT
AND BECAME A STRIPPER. I AM HOME-SCHOOLED. WE GET CURRICULUM
FROM LIBRARIES AND–AND, UM,
EVEN CURRICULUM FROM YARD SALES
AND STUFF. WELL, I STUDY ON,
LIKE, MATH AND… AND SCIENCE
AND–GEE. I USUALLY READ. I DO OWN A HOME
IN ALBUQUERQUE, AND SO
AT HIS SCHOOL, HIS, UM,
THREE MAIN TEACHERS
ARE ALL DEADHEADS, AND THEY
WORK WITH US, AND THEY
TOTALLY ENVY US. WE DO TESTING
IN APRIL SO HE CAN PASS
TO THE NEXT GRADE, AND WE ALSO DO
I.Q. APTITUDE TESTS. HIS LAST ONE
HE SCORED
131 I.Q. ON, SO NO CHROMOSOME
DAMAGE THERE. HA HA HA! WHEN OUR KIDS
WERE GROWING UP, WE SAID, “YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO WANT
TO EXPERIMENT WITH DRUGS “BECAUSE LIKE FATHER,
LIKE SON. IT’S A FAMILY TRADITION.” MY SON MADE A BIG MISTAKE
ONE NEW YEAR’S EVE WHERE HE SAW A VIAL
ROLL OVER TO THE CORNER– SOMEBODY DUMPED STUFF
ON A TABLE, AND HE SAW ONE VIAL ROLL OFF
WITH “C” SCRATCHED ON THE TOP. HE THOUGHT THAT MEANT COCAINE.
HE AS 13. HE L UGH IT. BUT IT MEANT CRYSTAL. HIM AND HIS BUDDY LINED UP
TWO WHOPPING RAILROAD TIES FULL OF THAT
AND SNORTED IT. THE BAND WENT OUT
FOR THE FIRST ENCORE. THEY CAME BACK,
AND WE HAVE TWO BOYS GOING, “I’M DEAD. I’M DYING.” IT’S MAGIC.
IT’S MAGIC WITHOUT THE DOPE. IT’S TOTALLY MAGIC. I’VE BEEN GOING TO SHOWS
SINCE 1986, AND, UM… I ALWAYS USED TO GO
AND HAVE A GOOD TIME
AND PARTY– REALLY PARTY. LAST YEAR WAS MY FIRST SOBER
DEAD CONCERT IN LAS VEGAS. IT WAS THE BEST TIME I’VE HAD
AT A DEAD CONCERT. I GOT MYSELF SOBER,
AND THEN I FOUND OUT
ABOUT THE WHARF RATS. I GET THE SAME
TRIPPY EXPERIENCE THAT SOMEONE
WHO IS TRIPPING ON ACID WOULD GET FROM THE DEAD JUST BECAUSE
I CAN BE FREE, DANCING, AND I’M AROUND FRIENDS. DOING ALCOHOL
TO DROPPING ACID TO SMOKING COKE,
SNORTING COKE,
SHOOTING COKE… UM, YEAH. I’M A MIRACLE
JUST TO BE ALIVE. THE THING ABOUT
THE GRATEFUL DEAD IS THE DEAD, THE SCENE,
THE PEOPLE, THE MUSIC– THAT’S WHAT’S FUN. A LOT OF PEOPLE
MIX UP THE DRUGS AS THE REASON YOU GO
AND DO THAT. UM, I WAS MOVING.
I WAS SINGING. I WAS IN AWE.
I WAS SCREAMING. I WAS JUST HAPPY, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY. NOTHING COULD HAVE
SHIT ON MY PARADE
TODAY. I WASN’T TIRED THE NEXT DAY,
HUNG OVER, OR BURNT OUT, AND I COULD FIND MY CAR
IN THE PARKING LOT. ♪ I NEED YOUR NAME, O GOD ♪ ♪ I LOVE THE NAME OF JESUS ♪ ♪ SO GLAD YOU’RE IN MY LIFE ♪ ♪ SO GLAD YOU’RE IN MY LIFE ♪ ♪ SO GLAD YOU CAME
TO SAVE US ♪♪ THERE ARE A GREAT DEAL
OF DEADHEADS WHO ARE 9-TO-5ers OR, UM,
PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE. AND, UM, WE SAVE UP OUR MONEY,
AND WE FLY TO SHOWS. WE STAY IN HOTELS.
THE DEAD IS VERY TRIBAL. WE’RE COMING
FROM DIFFERENT TRIBES TO MEET IN ONE BIG TRIBE. WE’RE ALL TEMPTED
TO GET ON A BUS AND FOLLOW THE DEAD. IT’S ALL-CONSUMING FOR THEM. WHAT CAUSES THESE PEOPLE
TO PUT EVERYTHING ASIDE AND TRAIPSE AFTER
THIS BAND? WELL, I’M A PROFESSIONAL
FIGURE SKATER. I REPRESENTED MEXICO
IN THE 1988 OLYMPICS. THE MY DREAM AND THAT’S WHAT I DID
ALL MY LIFE. AND SO THIS
IS ALMOST…THE OPPOSITE, I THINK ALL DEADHEADS
HAVE A FANTASY ABOUT MEETING SOMEONE
IN THE DEAD. WE’D ALL LIKE
TO BE A FRIEND WITH JERRY, OR WE’D LIKE TO HANG WITH MICKEY
AND PLAY DRUMS, OR, YOU KNOW… BOBBY JUST HAPPENS TO BE
THE MORE…SEXUAL FANTASY. THIS IS QUOTE FROM JERRY
FROM MY BOOK. THE INTERVIEWER’S ASKING,
“MUSIC OBVIOUSLY EXERTS A TREMENDOUS FORCE
ON THIS COUNTRY.” GARCIA SAYS, “OH, YEAH,
I GUESS IT DOES, “BUT AN “I OUGHT TO CARRY AROUND
THE RESPONSIBILITY “OF BEING THE GUY
THAT DISPENSES OUR MUSIC. “IT’S LIKE BEING THE PRESIDENT.
I DON’T WANT THE FUCKING JOB. “I LIKED WHEN YOU COULD
JUST BE A MUSICIAN. “IT’S LIKE BEING AN ARTIST
AND A CRAFTSMAN. NOBODY MOBS A CAT
THAT MAKES NICE LEATHERWORK.” MY FIRST SHOW
I WENT TO IN ’80. IT WAS LIKE, I’VE NEVER
EXPERIENCED ANYTHING LIKE THAT. IT WAS–I MET SOME OF
THE NICEST PEOPLE WHO SHOWED ME
SOME CRAFTS. I WAS YOUNG. I THINK I WAS, LIKE, 14
OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, AND I WAS LIKE, I– I EXPERIENCED LSD AT THOSE SHOWS
FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND ALL I WANTED TO DO
WAS LEARN. IT WAS WEIRD.
WHEN I DID IT, I WANTED TO KNOW EVERYTHING
ABOUT EVERYTHING. IT WAS LIKE
A WONDER DRUG. FIND OUT IT’S NOT ANYMORE, BUT, UM, IT WAS JUST–
IT WAS COOL, AND I WAS–
I WAS GOING TO SCHOOL, STOPPED GOING TO SCHOOL,
WENT TO THE SHOWS. I FINALLY ENDED UP
FINISHING UP SCHOOL GOING TO AN ALTERNATIVE
HIGH SCHOOL, BUT–FINISH SCHOOL. DON’T GO ON TOUR
AND QUIT SCHOOL. DON’T LISTEN TO ME. IT WAS JUST
A THING THAT HAPPENED. ♪ I WAKE UP EVERY MORNING ♪ ♪ AND FACE THE BRAND-NEW DAY ♪ ♪ KEEP SEARCHING
FOR MY MIRACLE ♪ ♪ AND HOPE I FIND MY WAY ♪ MY FAVORITE DEAD SONG? ST. STEPHEN. EYES OF THE WORLD
IS MY FAVORITE. I LIKE SHAKEDOWN STREET. TERRAPIN STATION. I CAN’T THINK
OF THE NAME. GOOD LOVIN’. I LIKE THE FUN SONGS. BERTHA. I LIKE THE MUSIC. BLUES FOR ALLAH,
THE ONE AT THE END THAT FLOATS YOU OFF. FIRE
ON THE MOUNTAIN. PROBABLY THEY LOVE
EACH OTHER. MY ALL-TIME
FAVORITE’S
CUMBERLAND. UNCLE JOHN’S BAND. THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED. TRUCKIN’. SUGAR MAGNOLIA. TRUCKIN’, MAN. CASSIDY. FRIEND OF THE DEVIL. I WANT TO HEAR
ST. STEPHEN. WAKE UP, MORNING DEW. DARK STAR. ♪ WHEN I CAN WALK ON WATER ♪♪ DARK STAR. TRUCKIN’. THE NEXT ONE. I WANT MY MTV.
THAT’S MY FAVORITE. THAT’S NOT
A GRATEFUL DEAD SONG. ME AND MY UNCLE. TRUCKIN’. I AM A CASSIDY LOVER. BUDDY, WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE
GRATEFUL DEAD SONG? HAS TO BE BREAD. I THINK IT’S
THE BIGGEST THING
TO HIT VERMONT SINCE
THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR. 18. 18. 16. 16. 18. I’M 12. HA HA HA! YOU FEEL GREAT!
HA HA HA! THE PEOPLE
ARE GREAT.
IT’S FUN. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME
SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAS EVER
BEEN AROUND HERE. I LIKE IT. NEAT. THEY’VE BEEN VERY FRIENDLY,
VERY FRIENDLY PEOPLE. WISHING US LUCK,
SAYING, “HAVE A GOOD TIME.” THEY’VE BEEN GREAT SO FAR. A LITTLE OVER 400–
ABOUT 408 SHOWS THAT I’VE SEEN. IT SEEMS MOST OF WHAT I’VE HEARD
ABOUT THIS SCENE IS NOT TRUE BECAUSE, UM, WE’VE GOTTEN A LOT OF NASTY COMMENTS
AND NASTY LOOKS BECAUSE OF
THE WAY WE LOOK. PEOPLE ARE OPEN-MINDED
IF YOU LOOK LIKE A DEADHEAD, BUT IF YOU DON’T,
YOU GET TREATED JUST LIKE ANYWHERE ELSE
YOU DON’T BELONG. APPARENTLY,
IT’S HOW YOU LOOK– IF YOUR DREADLOCKS
ARE THE RIGHT LENGTH, OUGH. THIS IS THE LAST PLACE
I EXPECTED TO BE SHUNNED BECAUSE OF THE WAY I LOOK. SHE PAINTED ME. I PAINTED HER
OVER HERE AND THEN
OVER HERE. EVERYONE EXPECTS
DIFFERENT THINGS
FROM A SHOW. MEETING NEW PEOPLE,
LIKE HER. I JUST–I MET HER
LAST WEEKEND. SHE’S SUCH, LIKE,
A BEAUTIFUL PERSON. [MAN]
GROCERY AND LIQUOR STORES CAN’T KEEP UP
WITH INVENTORY. WE’VE BECOME A VERY BIG
TRAVELING GYPSY BAND. THIS IS THE BUSIEST DAY
WE’VE HAD IN A LONG TIME. BASICALLY, WE GOT TO SELL
AND KEEP ALL THESE PEOPLE HAPPY. WE’RE MAKING GRINDERS
AND BEVERAGES AND, UH… TRYING TO GET GAS. ANYTHING THEY MIGHT NEED,
WE’RE TRYING TO PROVIDE. I NEVER HEARD OF THEM.
I’LL BE HONEST WITH YOU. I NEVER HEARD OF THEM. WE’RE HAVING
A WONDERFUL TIME
TODAY. VERY NICE PEOPLE. VERY NICE.
NO PROBLEMS. AND THE MONEY
IS COMING IN. DEADHEADS–ONCE JERRY
STOPS TOURING, ARE YOU GOING TO COME
TO THE RAINBOW FAMILY? RAINBOW FAMILY
IS THE ONLY STRONGHOLD OF–OF PEOPLE
THAT REALLY CARE. IT WAS BASED ON AN OLD
HOPI INDIAN PROPHECY ING AND THE ANIMALS ARE WEEPING, THERE SHALL COME A TRIBE
TO SAVE THE EARTH. THE INBOW. SO ALL THE DEADHEADS ARE GOING TO COME
TO THE RAINBOW FAMILY BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE WE GATHER. THAT’S WHERE
WE PRAY FOR PEACE AND LOVE AND FREEDOM AND EVERYTHING
THAT–THAT’S WAY COOL. DRUGS AREN’T
A PART OF IT ANYMORE, MAN. YOU GOT TO STAY HIGH BECAUSE THE DRUGS
AIN’T NO GOOD, OTHER THAN PEYOTE. [JOHN SCOTT]
THE GRATEFUL DEAD
HAVE ALLOWED PEOPLE TO TAPE THEIR CONCERTS
AND COLLECT AND TRADE THEM. I HAVE OVER 2,000
CASSETTE TAPES AND WELL OVER 500 DAT,
OR DIGITAL, TAPES. TYPICALLY PLAY 130,
140 DIFFERENT SONGS. I THINK THEY’VE WRITTEN
ABOUT 300 OR SO. THEY’VE PLAYED 437
DIFFERENT ONES THAT WE KNOW OF
THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. ETY. THEY’VE NEVER PLAYED THE SAME
COMBINATION OF SONGS TWICE FOR A FULL SETLIST. I THINK THEY ENJOY
BEING UNPREDICTABLE. MY FAVORITE YEARS
TEND TO BE 1970. UM…I LIKE ’73 A LOT.
IT GETS VERY JAZZY IN THERE. ’77 WAS A GOOD
HARD ROCK ‘N ROLL YEAR. 1986 WAS A BAD YEAR
FOR DEADHEADS BECAUSE OF JERRY’S COLLAPSE. 1990 WAS A FANTASTIC YEAR.
IT WAS A VERY CREATIVE YEAR. MY NAME IS UNCLE SAM,
AND, UH… SPREADING HAPPINESS
IS MY PLAN. [JOHN SCOTT]
OVER A MILLION PEOPLE BUY GRATEFUL DEAD TICKETS
EVERY YEAR. LAST YEAR, THEY SOLD
MORE TICKETS THAN ANY BAND. I’M HERE TO MEET JERRY,
HOPEFULLY. IF HE SEES ME, MAYBE HE’LL
BRING ME UP ON STAGE, ALTHOUGH I DOUBT THAT. THIS IS A FREE
MIRACLE TICKET. HERE YOU GO.
HAVE A GOOD SHOW. THANK YOU. YEAH! WHOO! WHOO! IF YOU DON’T HAVE TICKETS, COME ANYWAY
AND PARTY WITH UNCLE SAM. IF ANYONE
HAS A RIDE FOR RFK, YOU KNOW, I GOT TICKETS. I CAN HELP PAY FOR GAS,
YOU KNOW? I GOT–I GOT CASH. I CAN HELP ANYONE OUT
THAT NEEDS IT. NO PROBLEMS.
ONE ARREST OUT OF
65,000 PEOPLE. POPULATION
IN THIS COUNTY’S
ONLY 30,000, SO YOU’RE DOUBLE
THE POPULATION. I EXPECTED TOTALLY
SOMETHING DIFFERENT, THAT WE WERE GOING TO
HAVE 200 ARRESTS ♪ MEZUZAH, MEZUZAH,
THE JOY THAT I’VE FOUND ♪ [MAN]
IN THE DEAD
PARKING LOT IS THE SENSE
OF BROTHERHOOD. O.K.?
THERE’S A SENSE OF PEOPLE
COMING TOGETHER, SHARING, CARING
FOR ONE ANOTHER, AND IT’S
KIND OF UNIQUE
IN THAT SENSE. MOST PEOPLE TODAY
COME FROM
BROKEN FAMILIES, SO THERE’S BEEN
A DEGENERATION
OF THE FAMILY UNIT. THEY’VE SEEN
THEIR PARENTS’
LIVES. THERE WAS NO
CONNECTION THERE. THEY’VE SEEN
THE HOLLOWNESS
OF IT, AND THEY REBEL
AGAINST IT. THEY LOOK FOR ANY
OTHER ALTERNATIVE. THAT’S WHY WE’RE HERE. WE’RE LOOKING FOR THE ONE OR TWO
IN THIS CROWD THAT WILL FORSAKE
EVERYTHING THEY’RE DOING TO HELP BRING
THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH. LAST TOUR, THREE PEOPLE CAME.
ONE’S HERE RIGHT NOW. PEOPLE HAVE
BUMPED INTO US AND DIDN’T KNOW THEY
WERE LOOKING FOR US, BUT WHEN THEY MET US,
THEY SAID, “THIS IS WHAT
I WAS BORN TO DO.” THERE’S PROBABLY
100 PEOPLE WHO WE’VE MET
IN THESE CROWDS WHO LEAVE
EVERYTHING BEHIND. ♪ YAHSHUA
HAS GIVEN ME A NEW START ♪ ♪ MY SAVIOR YAHSHUA
WILL GIVE YOU A NEW START ♪♪ WE’RE IN EAST BOSTON,
AND WE’RE HOME, EAT. THE THING I MISS
MOST ABOUT TOUR IS I HAVE
SO MANY FRIENDS
AT THE SHOWS Y I’M ALWAYS
MEETING NEW PEOPLE. WHEN I COME BACK
TO THE CITY, A LOT OF THE PEOPLE
I DON’T CARE TO MEET. LAST TIME
I TALKED TO YOU,
I SAID I’D NEVER GO. THAT WAS BECAUSE OF
MY DOG AND EVERYTHING AND ALL THAT, AND MEETING
A LOT OF ASSHOLES
ON THE WEST COAST DIDN’T HELP AT ALL,
EITHER. BUT, UH… I DON’T KNOW. I’LL PROBABLY
STILL GO TO SHOWS, BUT I WON’T GO
OUT TO CALIFORNIA. I SAY I WON’T,
BUT WHO KNOWS? HE’S SAID THAT
BEFORE. I’VE SAID IT
BEFORE. I ALWAYS GO BACK
OUT THERE. YOU FORGET
HOW IT IS. [WOMAN]
I’M MONICA PRATT. I WORK FOR FAMILIES
AGAINST MANDATORY MINIMUMS. FAMM IS COMPRISED OF INMATES
AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO ARE SERVING MANDATORY
MINIMUM SENTENCES IN STATE AND FEDERAL PRISONS. “IF THIS WAS LSD,
YOU’D BE IN PRISON FOR 5 YEARS. NO BREAKS. NO PAROLE.
NO KIDDING.” AND IT’S NO JOKE. ESPECIALLY
A FIRST-TIME OFFENDER THINKS, “I WON’T GET
IN MUCH TROUBLE.” THE
REPE NGRESS
IMUMS, UNTIL WE AS DEADHEADS AND AS PEOPLE
WHO CARE ABOUT FREEDOM CAN CONVINCE CONGRESS
TO CHANGE THESE LAWS, THIS AMOUNT OF LSD,
A SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA CAN GET YOU INTO PRISON
FOR A LONG TIME. SO MANY PEOPLE OUT HERE, I GUESS THEY THINK
THEY’RE NOT GOING TO GET BUSTED IF THEY’RE SELLING ACID, AND IT’S JUST
KIND OF NAIVE, AND PEOPLE JUST– THEY GET BUSTED,
AND THEY TURN OTHER PEOPLE IN, AND IT’S A BIG MESS. NOW THERE’S LIKE 2,000
DEADHEADS IN PRISON, AND…AND… IT SUCKS. I’M PETER GORMAN, EXECUTIVE EDITOR
FOR HIGH TIMES MAGAZINE. THE MANDATORY MINIMUM,
SET UP IN ’86, ESTABLISHED THAT FOR EVERY GRAM
OF LSD IN YOUR POSSESSION– FOR THE FIRST GRAM, YOU’D SERVE FIVE YEARS
IN A FEDERAL PENITENTIARY. NO EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE
UNLESS YOU SNITCHED OR GAVE THE GOVERNMENT
AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY. ONE OF THE GROUPS THAT
SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN TARGETED OR APPEARS
TO HAVE BEEN TARGETED, PROBABLY BECAUSE THEY’RE
EASY-ACCESS, ARE DEADHEADS. DEADHEADS DEAL WITH LSD. THE DEAD SHOWS
HAVE BROUGHT OUT LSD-HEADS FOR ARS TWO OR THREE
POLICEMEN UNDERCOVER ARE ALLEGED
TO HAVE BEEN WORKING DEAD SHOWS FOR OVER 10 YEARS. THEY’RE KIND OF
ELDER-STATESMEN HIPPIES. THIS . THEY’RE PICTURES OF INMATES
AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS THAT WE’VE BEEN WORKING WITH
SINCE FAMM GOT STARTED. UM…FOR INSTANCE, MOST OF THESE PEOPLE
ARE FAMILY MEMBERS. SOME ARE YOUNGER,
SOME OLDER. NONE ARE THE TYPICAL PEOPLE YOU WOULD THINK
WOULD BE IMPRISONED FOR DRUGS. THIS MAN’S SERVING
A 10-YEAR SENTENCE. THIS WOMAN’S SERVING
A FIVE-YEAR SENTENCE. THIS MAN IS SERVING A 10-YEAR
SENTENCE FOR MARIJUANA. THIS IS CHRISTIAN MARTINSON. HE’S SERVING
A 10-YEAR SENTENCE FOR LSD. HE’S SERVING A FIVE-YEAR
MANDATORY MINIMUM. IF L
IT W ,
E PAPER. SO KIDS WHO ARE SERVING TIME
FOR A GRAM OF LSD, 95%, 97% OF THE TIME
THAT THEY’RE SERVING PAPER. ON A SUGAR CUBE,
ONE HIT OF LSD MIGHT COME UP
TO 2 OR 3 GRAMS, WHICH WOULD GET YOU
BETWEEN 5 AND 10 YEARS. ONE HIT OF LSD
ON A STRAWBERRY COULD GET YOU 20 YEARS
IN A FEDERAL PRISON. YOU CANNOT BE LET OUT
FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR. R] ♪ DON’T YOU KNOW
I GOTTA ♪ ♪ GET STONED EVERY DAY ♪ [PETER GORMAN]
ONE THING ABOUT THE DEADHEADS WHICH SEEMS TRAGIC
TO MOST OF US IN THE ANTI-DRUG-WAR
BUSINESS IS THAT THE AVERAGE AGE
OF THE KIDS BEING BUSTED AND SERVING
FEDERAL MANDATORY TIME IS PROBABLY BETWEEN
17 AND 22 OR 23 YEARS OLD. IF YOU DO LSD
AT A DEAD SHOW, YOU DON’T BUY IT
AT A DEAD SHOW. YOU DON’T SELL IT
AT A DEAD SHOW. FIND ANOTHER WAY. EVEN THOUGH
YOU MEAN WELL, THERE ARE TOO MANY
UNDERCOVER POLICE WORKING. THE PENALTIES
ARE MUCH TOO SEVERE. YOU’RE NOT DOING IT
TO MAKE MONEY. YOU’RE DOING IT
TO TRY TO BE NICE. THAT’S THE ONLY REASON
ANYBODY EVER SELLS LSD. YOU MEAN WELL
FOR THE OTHER PERSON. THEY NEED A SPIRITUAL AID.
YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE ONE. IF THEY HAD A COUGH,
YOU’D GIVE THEM A COUGH DROP. [WOMAN]
DON’T DEAL ON TOUR. IT’S NOT NECESSARY. USE IT
AS A SACRED RITUAL. IF YOU MUST TRIP,
KEEP IT PERSONAL. MAKE IT PERSONAL.
MAKE IT YOUR OWN RITUAL. DON’T–DON’T
PUT YOURSELF
IN THE POSITION OF HAVING TO GO TO JAIL
FOR 30 YEARS FOR IT. ♪ EVERY DAY ♪ ♪ I DON’T WANT IT
ANY OTHER WAY ♪ [MAN]
THEY
OF T T A LAW HAS BEEN PASSED THAT IF YOU HAVE
DEAD STICKERS
IN YOUR WINDOWS, THAT’S PROBABLE CAUSE. YOU DON’T HAVE
ANY RIGHTS. ♪ DAY ♪♪ ACTUALLY,
A FEDERAL MARSHAL CAME ON WITH THIS SMOKE SCREEN– LOOKING
FOR THE ACID MURDERER, THIS GUY WHO TAKES LSD
AND KILLS PEOPLE, IT’S GOVERNMENT
PROPAGANDA, IF YOU ASK ME. THERE’S
SOMEONE FILMING US
FROM ACROSS THE WAY, AND THE D.E.A.
AND THE FEDERAL
MARSHAL ARE IN THE CAR
IN THE PARKING LOT WAITING TO TALK
TO US. WE GO TO THE BUS. THERE’S A WARRANT
ON THE SEAT. THEY TOOK HIS
DRIVER’S LICENSE, HIS BIRTH
CERTIFICATE, THE TITLE
TO THE BUS, MY PASSPORT,
AND MY BUSINESS
LICENSE. THIS IS GREA
FOR J.D. WHY SHOULD WE
SHELTER HIM? WHY SHOULD WE
SHELTER HIM AGAINST WHAT’S
REALLY GOING ON? THERE’S SOME
BAD THINGS GOING ON. I LOVE THIS COUNTRY
WITH ALL MY HEART, THEY CAN’T SAY
THEY’RE NOT. WHEN I STARTED
GOING TO SHOWS, I WAS STILL
INSIDE OF MY MOTHER. SOMETIMES
I HAD TO SIT DOWN. HE WAS SO ACTIVE
WHEN HE HEARD
THE MUSIC. I’VE SEEN
OVER 100 SHOWS. HAVING A KID
IS HAVING A KID,
NO MATTER WHERE. I LIKE THEIR MUSIC, AND I LIKE TO HANG OUT
IN THE PARKING LOT. HE IS IN THE YOUNG
SCHOLARS PROGRAM. HE’S TOP 1%
IN THE COUNTRY. MY FAVORITE THING
ABOUT THE CONCERT IS DANCING. TRAVELING,
OF COURSE, IS AN EDUCATING
EXPERIENCE
IN ITSELF. I CONSIDER MYSELF
AS A DEADHEAD. SEAN IS
A LITTLE WARY OF SAYING
TO OTHER KIDS THAT AREN’T INVOLVED
IN THE SCENE THAT HE LIKES
THE GRATEFUL DEAD. I DON’T REALLY TALK
TO MY FRIENDS ABOUT IT A LOT. THEY’RE SUPPOSED
TO ENJOY PLAYING SUPER NINTENDO
OR SEGA GENESIS OR SOMETHING
OF THAT NATURE. ONCE, I MET SOME OF THE BAND,
I THINK, ON A BACK– FROM A BACKSTAGE PASS, AND.. I THINK I SHOOK HANDS
WITH JERRY GARCIA. WELL,
WE’RE HERE TODAY VENDING
AT THE DEAD SHOW–RFK. THIS IS ACTUALLY WHERE
OUR BUSINESS BEGAN
TWO YEARS AGO. I MET HIM. HE MADE SHIRTS.
I MADE JEWELRY. WE QUIT OUR JOBS
AND CAME OUT ON TOUR. NOW WE HAVE SOME STORES
IN THE PHILADELPHIA AREA. WE VEND OTHER
MUSIC FESTIVALS– LOLLAPALOOZA,
THE H.O.R.D.E.,
REGGAE SUNSPLASH. TODAY’S OUR DAY OFF.
HA HA! SO WE’RE…
WE’RE OUT PLAYING. IT’S ALL ABOUT
BEING KIND
TO EACH OTHER AND BEING FRIENDS
WITH EVERYBODY, NO MATTER WHAT
THEY LOOK LIKE. MY MOM HAS ASKED ME
A LOT OVER THE YEARS IF I’VE EVER THOUGHT
THAT I’VE WASTED MY LIFE, AND I REALLY
CAN’T SAY SO BECAUSE I’VE HAD
SO MUCH FUN. I’VE SEEN
SO MANY THINGS. O.K., MAYBE
I’M NOT A MILLIONAIRE, BUT, YOU KNOW, LIFE’S MORE
THAT JUST MONEY. RICHES AREN’T
NECESSARILY… HOW MUCH MONEY
YOU’VE GOT. SOME OF THE MOST UNHAPPY PEOPLE
I’VE EVER MET HAVE BEEN PEOPLE
WITH A LOT OF MONEY. I’VE HAD FIVE
OF THESE VANS
JUST LIKE THIS, AND THEY ALWAYS
BREAK DOWN. I GET OUT AND START
HITCHHIKING. THIS GUY
TOOK ME HOME FROM THE PHOENIX
SHOWS, AND HE DROVE ME
HOME. HIS NAME’S POKEY. I KNOW POKEY. FROM SYRACUSE? YEAH.
HE HAD A WHITE BUS. YEAH! HE DROVE ME
ALL THE WAY HOME
FROM ALABAMA– TO ALABAMA
FROM THE PHOENIX
SHOWS! THAT’S RIGHT. HE MISSED
THE CHICAGO SHOWS
BECAUSE OF IT. YEAH, BUT I STILL
MADE IT. HE DIDN’T EVEN WANT
TO GO TO CHICAGO BECAUSE
IT WAS TOO COLD. HE WENT
TO THE GATHERING
IN LOUISIANA. E HOME TO ALABAMA
FROM PHOENIX. I DECIDED TO GO
GET MY BUS
IN OREGON. I SPLIT.
I WENT TO OREGON. THESE GIRLS–
I PICKED THEM UP ON THE WESTBOUND SIDE,
BUT THEY WERE GOING EAST BECAUSE THIS TRUCKER
WAS MESSING WITH THEM. I PICKED THEM UP
HITCHHIKING, WENT ALL THE WAY
TO OREGON WITH THEM, AND THEN–THIS IS
‘S AND I LOST THE CAR. IT WAS
AN ’88 PRELUDE. I SAID,
“WIND, AUTUMN, HERE.
TAKE THIS CAR. “GO GET GAS MONEY
AND EVERYTHING.” THEN MY BUS
BROKE DOWN, SO I HAD TO CALL
MY FRIEND AND GO, “I LOST
YOUR CAR, BRO.
I’M REALLY SORRY.” HE’S LIKE,
“DON’T WORRY. IT WILL COME BACK
TO ME.” I HAD TO HITCHHIKE
ALL THE WAY
BACK EAST BECAUSE THE BUS
BROKE DOWN
IN NEEDLES. I GOT BACK EAST,
AND GUESS WHAT. THE GIRLS
DROVE THE CAR BACK
TO ALABAMA FOR ME. THEY WERE SO NICE,
THEY WERE SO COOL, AND THEY’RE HERE
ON THE LOT. POKEY IS
WITH THE GIRLS NOW. IS THAT THE CAR
HE WAS DRIVING? IMAGINE THAT! I SAW POKEY.
I RUN UP TO POKEY. I’M LIKE,
“WHAT’S GOING ON?” I LOOK IN THE BACK.
IT’S THE GIRLS! I’M LIKE,
“OH, MY GOD!” IT’S A SMALL WORLD,
AND IT JUST KEEPS
GOING IN CIRCLES. [TONI BROWN]
NO ONE LIKES TO SPECULATE ON WHEN DEAD I THINK
THE GRATEFUL DEAD HAVE CARVED
A NICHE IN HISTORY, ESPECIALLY MUSICAL HISTORY,
THAT WON’T BE ERASED WITHOUT–
WITH THEIR NOT TOURING. THERE REALLY IS
A WHOLE CULTURE THAT’S GROWN OUT OF
THE GRATEFUL DEAD PHENOMENON AND CONTINUES TO THRIVE
AND WILL CONTINUE TO THRIVE BECAUSE OUR CHILDREN
ARE PICKING UP ALL OF THIS STUFF
FROM US. HOPEFULLY THEIR CHILDREN
WILL PICK IT UP FROM THEM, AND WE’LL HAVE
A VERY PEACEFUL, ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS
FUTURE, AND, UH–WITHIN THE DEADHEAD
COMMUNITY THAT EXISTS, AND I HOPE
THAT THE DEADHEAD PHILOSOPHIES AND THE DEADHEAD VALUES
CONTINUE LONG AFTER THE GRATEFUL DEAD
STOP TOURING. [DRUMS PLAYING] [SHOUTING] WE GOT MARRIED
SINCE WE SEEN
YOU GUYS IN EUGENE. WE WENT THROUGH
A DRIVE-THROUGH
CHAPEL AND GOT MARRIED
ON THE SCHOOL BUS, AND THE DEAD SHOW
WAS OUR RECEPTION, SO NOW WE’RE ON
OUR PERPETUAL
HONEYMOON. THE PERPETUAL
HONEYMOON. ♪ THE RIVER, SHE IS FLOWING ♪ ♪ FLOWING AND GROWING ♪ ♪ THE RIVER, SHE IS FLOWING ♪ ♪ DOWN TO THE SEA ♪ ♪ THE RIVER, SHE IS FLOWING ♪ ♪ FLOWING AND GROWING ♪ ♪ THE RIVER, SHE IS FLOWING ♪ ♪ DOWN TO THE SEA ♪ ♪ MOTHER, CARRY ME ♪ ♪ YOUR CHILD I’LL ALWAYS BE ♪ ♪ FATHER, CARRY ME ♪ ♪ DOWN TO THE SEA ♪ ♪ THE RIVER, SHE IS FLOWING ♪ ♪ FLOWING AND GROWING ♪ ♪ THE RIVER, SHE IS FLOWING ♪ ♪ DOWN TO THE SEA ♪♪ HI. MY NAME’S JAHREE. YOU’LL SEE SOME FOOTAGE
OF MY DOG MAGOO. OR YOU K HAS HIM, I’M NOT GOING TO
PRESS CHARGES OR NOTHING LIKE THAT. JUST HELP ME GET
MY DOG BACK. MY PHONE NUMBER
IS 1-617-56– 569? YEAH, 569-4959. OH, NO! 567-4959!
EDIT THAT OUT. AND, UH, REMEMBER, PEACE, LOVE, AND KEEP
THE FUCKING SCENE CLEAN. WHAT IS GOING TO BE
THE THEME OF YOUR MEETING? IT’S GOING TO BE
A GRADUATION CEREMONY… AND A COMMENCEMENT
EXERCISE… UH, ESSENTIALLY
FOR THE HEADS… AND, UH, OTHER PEOPLE
THAT WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THE HEADS
ARE DOING. ARE YOU GOING TO TELL
WHAT’S BAD ABOUT LSD? NOT NECESSARILY. WILL LSD BE
IN EVIDENCE AT THE GRADUATION
CEREMONY, KEN? UM… WHY DON’T YOU GUYS COME?
HA HA HA! THE ACID TEST
WAS BREAKING OUT INTO AN AREA IN WHICH IT HAD
NO SPECIFIC GOALS. IT WAS JUST DISCOVERING
WHAT THERE WAS OUT THERE IF YOU JUST CONTINUED
TO MOVE AWAY FROM THE NORM… AND… AND WHEN WE GOT
TO THE END OF IT, WE REALLY HAD A SENSE OF WHAT THE ACID TEST MEANT
TO A LOT OF PEOPLE. IT WAS A TEST. THERE WERE PEOPLE THAT PASSED
AND PEOPLE THAT DIDN’T PASS. WHEN WE DID THE SHOW
UP IN PORTLAND– TO GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE
OF SOMEBODY WHO PASSED– SOME BUSINESSMAN JUST WALKING
AROUND ON THE STREET CAME IN. WE CHARGED A BUCK. FOR A BUCK, YOU GOT TO SEE US
MAKE ALL OUR NOISE AND THE DEAD MAKE
ALL THEIR NOISE AND ANYTHING ELSE
THAT HAPPENED. THIS GUY WAS IN A SUIT
AND HAD AN UMBRELLA, AND HE GOT THE CUSTOMARY CUP
OF, UH, STUFF… AND ABOUT MIDNIGHT, YOU COULD SEE HIM
REALLY GET RIPPED– ■■ SOMEBODY, YOU KNOW, WHO HAD PROBABLY NEVER BEEN
ANYTHING BUT DRUNK ON BEER– AND–BUT HE LOOKED
AROUND… AND SAW
ALL THESE STRANGE PEOPLE, AND HE LOOKED DOWN, AND THE SPOTLIGHT
WAS SHOWING DOWN ON HIM HE SAW HIS SHADOW
DOWN THERE. HE STOOD UP STRAIGHT, PUT THAT UMBRELLA
OVER HIS SHOULDER, AND HE SAID,
“THE KING WALKS.” HE SAID, “THE KING
TURNS AROUND, AND NOW THE KING
WILL DANCE.” THEY WEREN’T JUST PLAYING
WHAT WAS ON THE MUSIC SHEETS. THEY WERE PLAYING
WHAT WAS IN THE AIR. UH, WHEN THE DEAD
ARE AT THEIR BEST, THEY’RE– THE VIBRATIONS THAT ARE
STIRRED UP BY THE AUDIENCE IS THE MUSIC
THAT THEY PLAY, AND CONSEQUENTLY,
WHEN WE’D GO TO L.A., YOU’D GET
ONE KIND OF THING, AND WHEN WE’D GO
TO PORTLAND, OREGON, YOU’D GET A COMPLETELY
OTHER KIND OF MUSIC, AND THAT MEANS THAT THE BAND
HAS TO BE SUPPLE ENOUGH TO REALLY, UH,
READ THE NOTES WRITTEN ON THE WALL AND THAT THEY’RE CHANGING
ALL THE TIME. UM… I DON’T KNOW
OF ANY OTHER ROCK BAND THAT COULD HAVE DONE IT. USUALLY–WELL,
IT SORT OF STARTED WHEN WE WENT TO SEE
THE BEATLES. THEY WENT UP
TO SEE THE BEATLES WITH US IN THE BUS, AND WE SAW– I SAW POWER
LIKE I’D NEVER SEEN IT– NEVER IMAGINED IT BEFORE. UM…WHEN
ONE OF THE BEATLES– WHEN GEORGE WOULD TURN
HIS HEAD LIKE THIS, YOU’D HEAR THIS SCREAMING WAVE
FOLLOW HIM– FOLLOW HIS HEAD
LIKE THIS, AND WHAT THE BEATLES
WERE SAYING WAS, “COME CLOSER.
COME CLOSER. LOVE ME DO.” AND THE PEOPLE WERE PRESSING
CLOSER AND CLOSER, BUT THEY DIDN’T KNOW HOW
TO SING THAT MOMENT, AND THE MOMENT NEEDED TO SAY,
“DON’T COME CLOSER. STAY BACK. STAY BACK.
STAY BACK.” THEY’RE LOOKING
FOR MAGIC. UH… WHEN I DID MY, UH… WRITING CLASS, I STARTED
THE WRITING CLASS BY SHOWING
THE PEOPLE THIS. AND THE REASON
I LIKE TO DO THAT… IS BECAUSE
THERE’S A MOMENT WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING
LIKE THAT AS A CRACK
IN YOUR MIND, AND YOU KNOW
IT’S A TRICK, BUT YOU CAN’T
FIGURE IT OUT, AND… THAT CRACK LETS IN
ALL THE LIGHT. IT OPENS UP
ALL THE POSSIBILITIES. WHEN THAT LITTLE SPLIT-SECOND
THING HAPPENS WHEN THE DEAD
ARE PLAYING AND EVERYBODY
IN THE AUDIENCE GOES, “WOW! DID YOU SEE THAT?” THAT IS THE–
THAT’S THE MOMENT, AND KIDS WILL WATCH FIVE HOURS
OF MEDIOCRE MUSIC TO HAVE
THAT ONE CLICK HAPPEN BECAUSE THAT IS– PUTS THEM IN TOUCH
WITH THE INVISIBLE. THERE WAS A TIME
WHEN WE AVOIDED FAME BECAUSE FAME WAS ALMOST
THE KISS OF DEATH. UH…FAME MEANT TOM JONES
AND JOHN DENVER, BUT… UH, CREAM RISES,
AND PEOPLE CAN RECOGNIZE IT, AND AS THE DEAD–
THE LONGER THEY’VE PLAYED– THEY HAVEN’T NEEDED ANYBODY
TO HYPE THEM. IN FACT, IF ANYTHING,
THEY’VE GONE THE REVERSE– TO, UH… UH, LET PEOPLE THINK, “OH, THERE’S NOTHING
HAPPENING HERE” BECAUSE EVERYBODY KNEW
FROM THE VERY BEGINNING THAT THIS WAS RIGHT, AND IT WAS GOING TO
CONTINUE JUST THE SAME WAY
THAT THOSE FLOWERS BLOOM– THAT IT’S
GENETICALLY, UM… PURPOSEFUL. IT KNOWS WHAT
IT’S DOING, AND IT WILL GROW
TO ITS PROPER HEIGHT, AND IT WILL BEAR
A FLOWER. ALL WE HAVE TO DO
IS KEEP PEOPLE FROM TRAMPING AROUND
IN THE GARDEN. WHEN YOU HEAR RIPPLE, UH, YOU KNOW
IT’S DEALING WITH SOMETHING
BEYOND THE VEIL. IT DOESN’T SAY SO, BUT THE THING
WHERE THERE IS NO PEBBLE TOSSED AND THE RIPPLES
IN THE WATER– EVERYBODY GETS THIS CHILL
UP THEM BY THAT. IT’S THE SAME THING
AS WHEN YOU READ… UH, SHAKESPEARE
OR SAPPHO… OR, UH–
OR THE BIBLE– THAT–THAT THE POETRY
IS THERE. THESE GUYS HAVE KNOWN IT
A LONG TIME, AND THEY HAVE JUST BEEN
THE CUSTODIANS OF IT, AND, UH… IT’S–IT’S A GREAT HONOR
AND A LOT OF FUN TO BE RINGSIDE
FOR STUFF LIKE THIS. IT REALLY IS. YOU’LL, UH– I THINK
THAT IN 20 YEARS, WHOEVER IS STILL ALIVE
WILL STILL BE WORKING AT WHAT THEY’RE DOING. THEY–THERE’S
NO PLACE ELSE TO GO. IT’S LIKE ME,
YOU KNOW. I BURIED MY KID RIGHT OUT THERE
ON THE PLACE. I CAN’T GET
OFF THIS LAND. IT WOULD TAKE TANKS
TO MOVE ME OFF THIS LAND. THE DEAD AREN’T GOING TO
GET UP OFF THAT. THEY’RE GOING TO
DEFEND IT TILL THE END
OF THEIR LIFE. UH, THEY’RE WARRIORS. CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY
BMG VIDEO CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING
INSTITUTE, INC.

94 thoughts on “Tie Died Grateful Dead Parking Lot Scene Documentary

  1. bummer, my first dead show was 1978, I was 8 years old. It's a shame, that in the end we all just became a bunch of losers. and the Phish heritage is a bunch of BS, also. lost all the message and warfare. We had something special, we could have changed the world. but that illusion was also sold to us, I believe. they took advantage of our need to come together to create a whole generation of losers. look at these kids, most come from great homes, and with properly educated parents. we, most of us became nothing. No wonder Robert Hunter worked for the CIA< FBI> GOV. it was all a con job. and the DEAD don't give a shit about the followers at all, they even say so. I mean $1,000 to see the band that commercialized sold and betrayed the hippie revolution, so dead and co. could earn 55 million each. saying they don't really care about their followers?? never. and besides the point they really can't sing. and a lot of tunes really suck, because of that, but hey I guess even bad taste can be indoctrinated?

  2. I was a part of the scene since 86 – lucky enough to have seen jerry 66 times !! I really like the dipiction shown here -this is extremely accurate !

  3. Talking about free and bein free…scares the shit out of the 99% of the population…..The 99% will get busy killing you to prove how free they are.

  4. i dont know if it's possible anymore to get that many people together in that specific vibe… the world is overloaded with terror and information… but maybe there will be some new awakening for people

  5. Who else is on the bill today with The Dead? hmm…let's see. Oh yeah the fans! No other group is as seamlessly connected mind body and spirit to the fans as The Dead, and vice versa.

  6. Worst dancers ever. Funny how all these van dwelling videos are so popular now…..These cats were doing it way back then.

  7. I took a shit in 89 at a rest stop in Vermont while the man Jerry Garcia was talking a shit in the next stall. that's no shit.

  8. People miss the message behind the message. Once people were loving, today not so much. True hippie culture is unattainable for most smh sad but true💆🏽❤️

  9. Hippies have big egos
    All of those parents claim their kids are genius's,
    no they're prepubescent burnouts, future drug addicts.

  10. I love the counter culture.
    I love the Grateful Dead.
    I love Dead heads.

    However, this documentary is telling.

    They say they have found a way out of the matrix….
    They did not.
    They rely on the matrix to be doing what they are doing.
    Which is OK.
    But don't look down on others for not living your lifestyle.
    You promote LOVE.

    The culture is even more seedy these days but still filled with beautiful people.
    But….beautiful people are everywhere.

    Anyway, good documentary. lot love.

  11. some of these cats were spunions for sure but they lived freer lives than any straight slave to society ever will

  12. the absolute enemy of the establishment. this thinking is positive that's why the powers that be want nothing to do with peace love and eutopia. They only care about profits. theese people are people yeah we are all flawed. at least theese people have decent ideals

  13. people against slavery and minimum wage and making some corporate dick richer . meanwhile wasting there own live to make some suit whole. I can't say that I blame them at least they have lived their own lives not someone elses

  14. Did that dude at 32:55 REALLY just say that the Grateful Dead help “cause the problem”??? The problem is one that YOU guys made. The Grateful Dead are just musicians here to make music for people. They should stay apolitical. It’s not their job to tell anyone what to do. They are there to make music, not resolve a problem that YOU made and they certainly did not create the problem.

  15. another MK ULTRA CIA social engineering project. lots of victims, hence the term "deadheads". and the project goes on under different guises to this day…

  16. Was at the 94 parkling lot Vegas party..by default a week before was 94 lollapolooza ..car starter went out The dead started showing up to the lot while me and my friends were waiting to get the starter rebuilt ..dead heads gave us rides smoked us out we drank homemade wine..and helped me put the starter back in…Good times

  17. I wonder what happened to that kid JD, wonder what he's up to and how is life turned out, I'm not saying his parents raised him bad or good I'm just curious

  18. It was just under a decade that I had Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead in my life, and it was like having a taste of Baccus or Dionysis, who I took for granted, and never once thought it could end. Now I regret every show I ever passed up on because of classes, work, or even some non hippie girl who wanted nothing to do with the scene. When I went to see them after the great man passed on, it was amazing to see that they needed three lead guitars to make up for his the musical Sufism of Jerry's guitar. Joan Osborne was fantastic when she sang China Doll. But most profound was seeing Bob Weir with a beard and long gray hair, and I was like: Wow, He looks like Jerry! And I thought of Barbarosa's apprentice, after the famous gunslinger was gone, how the apprentice became the legend, and how the legend lived on through him.

  19. The kids in this video say "9 to 5 sucks" yet they eat food provided by 9 to 5ers, they travel in cars made by 9 to 5ers on roads provided by 9 to 5ers, they wear clothes made by 9 to 5ers. Young people can say yeah do drugs, love and peace because they haven't grown up yet. Eventually they will grow wise to the lies and excuses and lack of taking responsibility for ones own actions and move on. They will get a job, raise a family and become contributors of society rather than users of society. To them I say enjoy your youth it only comes once!

  20. When i was younger like 13-14 the dead heads and the circus people used to always try to get me to leave town and run off with them, always wondered what was really up with that

  21. Back in the early 80's to the end of the 80's there was a huge change of the people who started to come to the shows. between the crashing on the east coast to the undercover cops who you could smell from 100 feet away things just changed. Some of the younger upper crust freaks that started coming to the shows were ASSHOLES! In the early 80's you could get a sheet for about 100 bucks. And it was clean shit man, Then came the garbage. Shit that was not clean nor what it was supposed to be, It was and still is garbage. I have seen people with 10-20 1,000 hit sheets in a soft briefcase type of carrier, There were no packpacs or huge bags full of shrooms, And the people you spoke to were basically so honest and trustworthy you didn't get paranoid until the time of the young freaks who would run away from you if you were balding LIKE ME!! I was standing in the meadowlands parking lot wearing nothing but SHORT SHORT PANTS AND FLIP FLOPS, So this young little fat kid with a brown shopping bag full of Mushrooms ran away from me SCREAMING COP! I also had a glass, Not a cup but a Glass of scotch in my hand. Then like one dude just said, The nitrous idiots selling balloons out of the back of a rented U-Haul truck with about 6 of the largest cylinders making thousands of dollars within an hour being each balloon was between 10-20 each, One day I was behind two guys with two cylinders on a hand truck and cash was falling out of their pockets, So within about 200 feet of following these assholes I must have picked up about 800 dollars. What did I do? I gave it back to them, WTF did I do that for? I was always tripping and felt that being honest was the way of life and karma was it. After 1990 I stopped going to dead shows and only went to JGB shows. This was my way of saying I have had enough after some 15-20 years. "I saw things that no one else has ever seen" Bob Weir however I remember saying that way before his movie came out.

  22. I used to think these people were kind of cool, but now I think most of them are kind of losers. Is it just me? Who is the craziest one?

  23. 41:39 thats my sister with the spray bottle. I was with her at the show, they interviewed me for this documentary but I didnt make the cut.

  24. What’s strange is not one person from the documentary have left a comment on here yet nor have they done any sort of follow up on anyone

  25. the one black guy in the film is the one the cops managed to arrest at a Dead concert. real good look for the police.

  26. If the punk @58:57 thinks he had a hard time on the Dead lot, he should try wearing a polo shirt and top-siders to a punk show.

  27. Are there any new bands with faithful followers to pass the torch on? How did these kids afford to travel all the time?

  28. 13:50 I had a red 69 VW van (they were really named station wagons) just like this. I drove it to lots of festivals in 70s. In the event of a head on collision your legs stopped the other vehicle. They were death traps but they could go places 4 wheel drive vehicles couldn't go.

  29. Love tha old dude at 17 minute mark talkin about his first show. Look around at all these freaks the next thing i know im dancing lol i missed the dead bus but same exact thing happened at my first phish show showed up with a clean cut and talkin normal at the end of a 3 day run my hair was locked up and my family couldnt understand what i was sayin lol

  30. Love every one on here except the vendor douche bag with the hat who talks mad shit about everything and everyone on here. Forward to 31 minuets and 30 seconds. He’s just got the worst attitude about everything and everyone and I’m so glad I’ve not run into him at any shows because he’s an ass and would bring me along with everyone else down. Don’t be like that guy

  31. God I wish something like this scene was still around, I've been to dead and co shows but I don't think it's how it used to be, every things probably different now, much harder to go on tour, tickets cost a fortune.

  32. "rock and roll's greatest fans"? – The Dead aren't a rock and roll band by any means. It's 5 hours of guitar gedoodle and mumbling. — I get the 'scene', but the music is terrible. There is so much cool psychedelic music out there and interesting world music. Why listen to a gaggle of smelly white men? Who knows, people like Phish too. There's no accounting for taste.
    Also: this scene has the worst "art" ever. I feel bad for the kids…especially the poor bastard at 11:00
    Plus this video is from 1995. These fans are at the tail end of the Dead's trip. I don't believe most of them. I knew them in high school. They were mostly posers who likely ended up following Insane Clown Posse. It was several generations too late, and these people were living out the fashion trend. Or they were the old people who never moved on with the times.

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