Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Grateful Dead Headed To New York Historical Exhibition

Next March, the New-York Historical Society will stage what is billed as the “first large-scale exhibition of materials from the Grateful Dead Archive.” Drawn from the Archive housed at the University of California Santa Cruz, The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society, is being billed as a history lesson of the Grateful Dead, its music, and their phenomenal impact and popularity with a wide selection of original art, posters, banners, props and other relics.

According to the New-York Historical Society web site, the exhibition will look at how the Dead's origins in northern California in the 1960s was an amalgamation of the Beat Generation and the Hippie scene. It will also touch on the band's iconoclastic approach to the recording industry, which served as both a curse and a blessing during the Dead's 30-year run.

Of course, this being New York. the Dead's days in the city will be examined, with glimpses into early dates at Greenwich Village coffeehouses, impromptu performances in Central Park and at Columbia University during the 1968 Student Strike; to concerts at the Fillmore East, the Academy of Music and the 46th Street Rock Palace in Brooklyn during the 1970s; and, ultimately, to concert events at larger halls and stadiums such as Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and Giants Stadium.

Before the March opening, a special fund-raising event where art, artifacts and documents from the Archive will be previewed is to take place on October 21 at the New-York Historical Society. Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir are expected to attend. For more information, send an e-mail to