This series contains materials pertaining to the business practices of the Grateful Dead. It includes financial and accounting
documents, and documentation from the production and promotion of various Grateful Dead projects including album production,
merchandise sales, and publications. The Grateful Dead Records and Round Records companies are represented in financial records
and production documents for various album projects, including those recorded by groups associated with the Grateful Dead.
Ice Nine Publishing materials include songbooks, correspondence, royalty information, contracts, copyright registrations and
early lyric drafts from the Grateful Dead's publishing enterprise. Business correspondence, materials related to the running
of the office, and legal documents and correspondence are included, as well as materials related to the band's relationship
and interactions with their fans (Deadheads). Telephone equipment and scripts from the band's ticket hotline are also included.
The Grateful Dead were an American rock band that formed in 1965 in Northern California who came to fame as part of author
Ken Kesey's Acid Tests, a series of multimedia happenings centered around then-legal LSD. Famed for their concerts, the band
performed more than 2,300 shows over thirty years, disbanding after the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia in August 1995.
Although their only Top 10 hit, "Touch of Grey," charted in 1987, their popularity was based on concerts, and in their last
decade they consistently placed in the top five tours every year. Known for the range of their repertoire and the caliber
of their compositions, the Dead's songbook has been covered by a wide range of other musicians, from Bob Dylan to Jane's Addiction.
They released thirteen studio albums and nine contemporary live albums during their career, and more than 100 live releases
since then. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.In the early 1970s, the members of the Grateful Dead formed the organization Grateful Dead Productions, Inc. The band's publishing
enterprise, Ice Nine Publishing Company, Inc., was formed in 1970 in order to license musical compositions by the band, and
Grateful Dead Merchandising was formed to oversee merchandise sales and licensing. Two independent record labels, Grateful
Dead Records and Round Records, were created by the band members in 1973 in order to gain more creative control over the production
and distribution of albums by group and solo projects, respectively. These two labels disbanded after the band signed with
Arista Records in the mid-1970s. In 1997, Grateful Dead Merchandising merged with Grateful Dead Productions, which continues
to oversee the band's merchandising and album distribution.
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66 document boxes, 8 cartons, 49 half cartons, 30 flat boxes, 1 roll box
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