July 7th – August 3rd 2016

Day 26

August 1st 1942
Birth of Jerry Garcia

“When we are done with [the concerts], they can have it.”
– Jerry Garcia

Let us today give grateful thanks to the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, born on this day in 1942 and again and again throughout the ’60s and ’70s. When all the psychedelic crowds had gone home after Woodstock, when Monterey was just a memory in people’s hearts, when Haight Astbury had succumbed to the capitalist Me Generation, Jerry Garcia it was and the Grateful Dead it were who carried the torch for that original hippie spirit. Rather than satisfying the demands of some greedhead bigshot manager by concentrating the band’s energies into each new record release, the Dead instead chose to become a concert experience: touring became far more important than albums, and around the band a lifestyle began to develop. While other artists raked in their record royalties, Garcia openly encouraged Deadheads to tape the band’s concerts. Bootlegs became the preference for many fans, obsessed as they all were to keep the flame of ’67 alight and anarchistically active. It was only through this righteous open-mindedness that the Grateful Dead manhandled the spirit of the Saturday night dance into an alternative never-ending festival.

The legacy of the Grateful Dead is still evident all around us: from the open-house policy of Penny Rimbaud’s Crass experiment, to the free festival policies of ’70s bands such as Hawkwind and the Edgar Broughton Band, and even in the spontaneous raves of the late ’80s and ’90s. And in this SydArthur Festival, wherein participation is of paramount importance, no one from the psychedelic scene better represents that great inclusive spirit than Jerry Garcia.

Today let’s, in Jerry Garcia’s spirit of communal participation, make music with our friends in any way we can.

Thu Thursday
Fri Friday
Sat Saturday
Sun Sunday
Mon Monday
Tue Tuesday
Wed Wednesday
Day 1: Thursday Jul :7th
Death of Syd Barrett
Day 2: Friday Jul :8th
Death of Percy Bysshe Shelley
Day 3: Saturday Jul :9th
Day 4: Sunday Jul :10th
Day 5: Monday Jul :11th
Day 6: Tuesday Jul :12th
Henry David Thoreau’s Birthday
Day 7: Wednesday Jul :13th
Day 8: Thursday Jul :14th
The Storming of the Bastille
Day 9: Friday Jul :15th
Roky Erickson’s Birthday
Day 10: Saturday Jul :16th
Day 11: Sunday Jul :17th
Day 12: Monday Jul :18th
Death of Nico
Day 13: Tuesday Jul :19th
Full Moon
Day 14: Wednesday Jul :20th
Death of Dieter Moebius
Day 15: Thursday Jul :21st
Day 16: Friday Jul :22nd
George Clinton’s Birthday
Day 17: Saturday Jul :23rd
Day 18: Sunday Jul :24th
Robert Graves’ Birthday
Day 19: Monday Jul :25th
Day 21: Wednesday Jul :27th
Day 22: Thursday Jul :28th
Day 23: Friday Jul :29th
Suicide of Vincent Van Gogh
Day 24: Saturday Jul :30th
Day 25: Sunday Jul :31st
Day 27: Tuesday Aug :2nd
Death of William S. Burroughs
Day 28: Wednesday Aug :3rd
Death of Arthur Lee