The Grateful Dead.
This is my favorite band of all time. It was one of my grandmother’s favorite bands, and then became my mother’s favorite band, and is now mine. My mother died when I was three, but she left me a Grateful Dead T-Shirt (that looks like the picture of the bears above) and I wore it all the time. After a couple of years, it started to wear down, so I folded it up and had it framed. Now the T-shirt hangs in my room in a frame.
Lenny Kaye, member the Patti Smith Group, wrote once, “Their music touches on ground that most other groups don’t even know exists.”
Rolling Stone Magazine said, “No other music sustains a lifestyle so delicate and loving and lifelike.” (After reviewing Aoxomoxoa)
Anyways, The Grateful Dead is a folk-rock band, most prominent in the 1960’s (who I would have LOVED to see at Woodstock Festival). They are number 57 on the "Rolling Stone Magazine“‘s 100Greatest Artists of All Time. They even had/have a following of “DeadHeads” (myself included).
Though I don’t have a favorite album (because I think they are all too wonderful), I DO have a favorite song, “Friend of the Devil”, on the album American Beauty. The first time I listened to it, it immediately became my favorite song by them, and actually my favorite song of all time. I ended up using it for a song analysis paper back in my senior year of high-school. (Which maybe I’ll post, because it’s relevant).
This lyrics were written by Robert Hunter (the band’s only songwriter), but the music was written by Jerry Garcia, who is such an inspirational person in my life. The music in this song is definitely my favorite part of the song.
All of their work is amazing, but the albums I would recommend sifting through most are American Beauty and Aoxomoxoa.
Jerry Garcia, lead guitar and vocals for the The Grateful Dead, died in 1995. After his passing, the rest of the band decided to disband.
Some of the original band members did, however, continued with solo music careers (The most popular being “Phil Lesh and Friends”)
I love this band, I love everything they stood for, and I love the meaning it has for me. This is probably the most extensive explanation you will get from me on any band.