This series includes merchandise samples produced or licensed by the band, and other
three-dimensional objects used by the band on tours, in performances, and in recording
sessions. It also includes large objects and decorative pieces given to the band by fans.
Items in the series include clothing, accessories, instruments, equipment, stage props,
touring cases, signs, and furniture.
The Grateful Dead were an American rock band that formed in 1965 in Northern California.
They 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.
178 Linear Feet
33 boxes, 21 oversize items
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