Tracy is off doin’ the Global Rug Thing and Griff is off doin’ the Kentucky Bike Thing and I’m supposed be keepin’ our media empire chugging along. I’ll recycle some advice for those two : be careful what you ask for, you might get it.
The surviving members of the band, that would be Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzman and Mickey Hart, have decided to donate their collection of “photos, artwork, press clippings, posters, letters, backstage passes and other documents” assembled over the past 30 years to the school located just south of the band’s birthplace, San Francisco. Band founder, Ron “Pig Pen” McKernan died in 1973, and legendary guitarist Jerry Garcia died in 1995.
According to Silicon Valley investor, and long-time advisor to the band, Roger McNamee, “the Dead’s sense of history means that they just have more stuff than most people”. UC Santa Cruz anticipates using the collection to develop “a study of American culture using music as a centerpiece”.
Of course, Griff and Tracy are wondering about the LG connection. Well Griff, I wish they’d given it to Carleton or St. Olaf. And Tracy, I know that you only pay attention to art when there’s really big money involved; UCSC believes that the collection will attract many of the hundreds of thousands Deadheads from around the world. As Tom Petty noted in his “American Girl”, some of those Deadheads drive expensive cars.
I’m just pleased to have an excuse to post a picture of the Grateful Dead on this site.