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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Existence and Location of Copies

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: David Gans Papers
    creator: Gans, David
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.341
    Physical Description: 5.5 Linear Feet 8 boxes
    Date (inclusive): circa 1977-2008
    Physical Description: 5.5 linear feet (8 boxes), including approximately 785 unprocessed CDs.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research. The use of certain media requires advance notice. Please contact Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access.
    Digital files may be made available in the UCSC Special Collections and Archives reading room. Some files may require reformatting before they can be accessed. Technical limitations may hinder the Library's ability to provide access to some digital files. Access to digital files on original carriers is prohibited; users must request to view access copies. Contact Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access to digital files.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    David Gans Papers. MS 341. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of David Gans, 2010.


    David Gans is a musician, writer, journalist, record producer, photographer, and radio host who has written on the Grateful Dead for more than three decades. A professional musician, he has also performed songs from the Grateful Dead songbook as part of his solo act and with numerous bands. His long-running syndicated radio show, The Grateful Dead Hour, is heard nationwide, and he consults for the Grateful Dead channel on Sirius XM. Author of the seminal Grateful Dead books Playing in the Band (St. Martin's, 1996) and Conversations with the Dead (Da Capo, 2002), he is also a longtime presenter at Grateful Dead Scholars Caucus meetings.
    Some of his recordings include Home By Morning (with Eric Rawlins; 1997); "Monica Lewinsky" (CD single, David Gans and the Broken Angels); Solo Electric (2000); Live at the Powerhouse (DVD; 2002); Solo Acoustic (2003); Twisted Love Songs (2007); and The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best (2008).
    Among the releases he produced or co-produced are The Music Never Stopped: Roots of the Grateful Dead (1995), Grateful Dead: So Many Roads, 1965-1995 (1999); Might as Well: The Persuasions Sing Grateful Dead (2000); Stolen Roses: Songs of the Grateful Dead (2000); Postcards of the Hanging: Grateful Dead Perform the Songs of Bob Dylan (2002); All Good Things: Jerry Garcia Studio Sessions (2004); Live From Berkeley: Performances from KPFA's Dead to the World (2005); Well-Matched: The Best of Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders (2006).

    Scope and Contents

    This collection comprises research materials for and drafts of the book Playing in the Band: An Oral and Visual Portrait of the Grateful Dead (New York: St. Martin's, 1985), writings sent to David Gans, VHS tapes of the Garcia trial, CDs of the radio show The Grateful Dead Hour, and interviews on cassette tapes.

    Processing Information

    The physical portion of the collection was processed by Nicholas Meriwether and Lexi Pennebaker, and completed in 2019 by Debra Roussopoulos. The digital portion of the collection is unprocessed.

    Existence and Location of Copies

    Audio recordings have been reformatted and are available via the Library Catalog.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Grateful Dead (Musical group)