Grateful Dead Origins takes an in depth and personal look at the formation of one of the most important American rock bands of all time, exploring the early days of Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Pigpen, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. The story of the band’s transformation from a bar band performing as the Warlocks to becoming the creators of their own sound and forefathers for the jamband culture is depicted in the original story written by Chris Miskiewicz and illustrated by Noah Van Sciver.
This limited run collector’s item will come in a hardcover, oversized coffee table edition of 6,800 featuring exclusive prints. It will also come with a selection of unreleased Grateful Dead music from the era on vinyl, exclusive to this edition only.
The vinyl LP features a performance that was recorded at the Fillmore West in San Francisco on August 21, 1968. The track list for the vinyl is:
1. Dark Star (14:33)
2. St. Stephen (04:45)
1. The Eleven (11:07)
2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy (08:09)
This previously unreleased show includes the first known West Coast live rendition of St. Stephen, and the first known performance of its William Tell Bridge, which would join St. Stephen to The Eleven. The show was recorded to 8-track analog tape, and was mastered by Grammy-winning engineer David Glasser at Airshow Mastering in Boulder, CO.
Standard Edition (paperback) does not include art prints, vinyl LP or slipcase.
Please note that this is a preorder item and is expected to ship in June 2020.