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Grateful Dead Records: Realia
MS.332.Ser.10  
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Description
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.
Background
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.
Extent
178 Linear Feet 33 boxes, 21 oversize items
Restrictions
Property rights for this collection reside with the University of California. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright owner. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information on copyright or to order a reproduction, please visit guides.library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/reproduction-publication.
Availability
Boxes 1-33 are open for research. Due to size and format, the remainder of this series requires advance notice for access. Please contact Special Collections and Archives for information regarding access.