35 Years This Week

Greetings Dead Freaks! We’ve got a bunch of little things and then a big mix of good old Grateful Dead ahead of us. We’re taking a look back at the Berkeley Community Theater run centered on Halloween 1984. In addition to being the debut of the Official Taper’s Section, it’s also a fairly strong run of six shows with some really great music. We dip in and sample a bit of everything.

Also in this episode, I tell you about an interesting new book from Julie Dreyer Brigden, aka Girl. Brigden was married to David Freiberg in the 60s and was around the Quicksilver and Grateful Dead scenes and so much more throughout the 60s & 70s. Her new book, Girl: An Untethered Life is available now from local booksellers (ask up front!) as well as via Amazon. Hers is a unique perspective on the time and I recommend the book.

I’m also excited to share with you a track from a new Matt Valentine album the record is called “Preserves” and the tune is “Be Kind”. Have a listen and then head on over to Bandcamp to cop the whole thing.

At the top of the show is the trailer for an exciting new podcast from Osiris Media called “After Midnight: Phish’s Big Cypress Music Festival.” We’re proud to be a part of a network that is creating such great work. Osiris is building a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop. Also,  Osiris works in partnership with JamBase, which connects music fans with the music they love and empowers them to go see live music. Check them out at JamBase.com.

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