David Gans Papers MS.341

Nicholas G. Meriwether / Debra Roussopoulos
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz 95064

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.

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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)


Playing in the Band: An Oral and Visual Portrait of the Grateful Dead circa 1979-1984

Scope and Contents

This series contains proposals, interviews, notes, photos, and drafts related to David Gans' 1985 publication of Playing in the Band.
Box 1, Folder 1

Original Proposal

Box 1, Folder 2

Interview: Band, Crew, and Office

Box 1, Folder 3

Interview: The Players

Box 1, Folder 4

Interview: The Band

Box 1, Folder 5

Interview: Acid Test

Box 1, Folder 6

Interview: Crazy Fingers

Box 1, Folder 7

Interview: Dark Star

Box 1, Folder 8

Interview: Songwriting

Box 1, Folder 9

Interview: Recording, Part 1

Box 1, Folder 10

Interview: Gigs

Box 1, Folder 11

Interview: Pigpen

Box 1, Folder 12

Interview: Keyboards

Box 1, Folder 13

Interview: Recording, Part 2

Box 1, Folder 14

Interview: Deadheads

Box 1, Folder 15

Interview: Outtakes: Introduction

Box 1, Folder 16

Interview: Outtakes: The Players

Box 1, Folder 17

Interview: Outtakes: Acid Test

Box 1, Folder 18

Interview: Outtakes: Crazy Fingers

Box 1, Folder 19

Interview: Outtakes: Songwriting

Box 1, Folder 20

Interview: Outtakes: Gigs

Box 1, Folder 21

Interview: Outtakes: Pigpen

Box 1, Folder 22

Interview: Outtakes: Keyboards

Box 1, Folder 23

Interview: Outtakes: Self-Determination

Box 1, Folder 24

Interview: Outtakes: Recording, Part 2

Box 1, Folder 25

Interview: Outtakes: Deadheads

Box 1, Folder 26

Interview: Outtakes: Band, Crew, and Office

Box 1, Folder 27

Interview: Outtakes: Unknown

Box 1, Folder 28

Interview: Outtakes: Self-Determination

Box 1, Folder 29

Interview: Narrative: Introduction

Box 1, Folder 30

Interview: Narrative: The Players

Box 1, Folder 31

Interview: Narrative: The Band

Box 1, Folder 32

Interview: Narrative: Acid Test

Box 1, Folder 33

Interview: Narrative: Dark Star

Box 1, Folder 34

Interview: Narrative: Songwriting

Box 1, Folder 35

Interview: Narrative: Recording, Part 1

Box 1, Folder 36

Interview: Narrative: Gigs

Box 1, Folder 37

Interview: Narrative: Pigpen

Box 1, Folder 38

Interview: Narrative: Keyboards

Box 1, Folder 39

Interview: Narrative: Self-Determination

Box 1, Folder 40

Interview: Narrative: Recording, Part 2

Box 1, Folder 41

Interview: Narrative: Deadheads

Box 1, Folder 42

Interview: Narrative: Band, Crew, and Office

Box 2, Folder 1

Interview: Outtakes: Introduction

Box 2, Folder 2

Interview: Outtakes: Crazy Fingers

Box 2, Folder 3

Interview: Outtakes: Self-Determination

Box 2, Folder 4

Interview: Outtakes: Deadheads

Box 2, Folder 5

Interview: Outtakes: Band, Crew, and Office

Box 2, Folder 6

Interview: Outtakes: Unknown

Box 2, Folder 7


Box 2, Folder 8

Original Proposal Draft

Box 2, Folder 9

Contents Draft

Box 2, Folder 10

Phil Lesh Forward Drafts

Box 2, Folder 11

Interview/Source Indez

Box 2, Folder 12

Draft: Introduction

Box 2, Folder 13

Draft: The Band

Box 2, Folder 14

Draft: Acid Test

Box 2, Folder 15

Draft: Crazy Fingers

Box 2, Folder 16

Draft: Dark Star

Box 2, Folder 17

Draft: Recording, Part 1

Box 2, Folder 18

Drafts: Songwriting

Box 2, Folder 19

Drafts: Gigs

Box 2, Folder 20

Drafts: Pigpen

Box 2, Folder 21

Drafts: Keyboards

Box 2, Folder 22

Drafts: Self-Determination

Box 2, Folder 23

Drafts: Recording, Part 2

Box 2, Folder 24

Drafts: Deadheads

Box 2, Folder 25

Drafts: Band, Crew, and Office

Box 2, Folder 26

Outtakes: Interview: Introduction

Box 2, Folder 27

Outtakes: Interviews: The Players

Box 2, Folder 28

Outtakes: Interview: The Band

Box 2, Folder 29

Outtakes: Interview: Acid Test

Box 2, Folder 30

Outtakes: Interview: Dark Star

Box 2, Folder 31

Outtakes: Interview: Crazy Fingers

Box 2, Folder 32

Outtakes: Interview: Songwriting

Box 2, Folder 33

Outtakes: Interview: Recording, Part 1

Box 2, Folder 34

Outtakes: Interview: Gigs

Box 2, Folder 35

Outtakes: Interview: Pigpen

Box 2, Folder 36

Outtakes: Interview: Self-Determination

Box 2, Folder 37

Outtakes: Interview: Recording, Part 2

Box 2, Folder 38

Outtakes: Interview: Deadheads

Box 2, Folder 39

Outtakes: Interview: Band, Crew, and Office

Box 2, Folder 40

Outtakes: Interview: Unknown

Box 2, Folder 41

Outtakes: Narrative: Acknowledgments

Box 2, Folder 42

Outtakes: Narrative: Preface

Box 2, Folder 43

Outtakes: Narrative: Notes

Box 2, Folder 44

Outtakes: Narrative: Introduction

Box 2, Folder 45

Outtakes: Narrative: Crazy Fingers

Box 2, Folder 46

Outtakes: Narrative: Dark Star

Box 2, Folder 47

Outtakes: Narrative: Songwriting

Box 2, Folder 48

Outtakes: Narrative: Pigpen

Box 2, Folder 49

Outtakes: Narrative: Self-Determination

Box 2, Folder 50

Outtakes: Narrative: Deadheads

Box 2, Folder 51

Outtakes: Narrative: Band, Crew, and Office

Box 2, Folder 52

Outtakes: Narrative: Unknown

Box 2, Folder 53

Outtakes: Lyrics

Box 2, Folder 54

Outtakes: Photos

Box 2, Folder 55

Outtakes: Press

Box 2, Folder 56

Outtakes: Resources

Box 2, Folder 57

Outtakes: Captions

Box 2, Folder 58

Outtakes: Phil Lesh Forward Draft

Box 2, Folder 59

Raw Pieces: Interview: Introduction

Box 2, Folder 60

Raw Pieces: Interview: The Players

Box 2, Folder 61

Raw Pieces: Interview: The Band

Box 2, Folder 62

Raw Pieces: Interview: Acid Test

Box 2, Folder 63

Raw Pieces: Interview: Dark Star

Box 2, Folder 64

Raw Pieces: Interview: Crazy Fingers

Box 2, Folder 65

Raw Pieces: Interview: Songwriting

Box 2, Folder 66

Raw Pieces: Interview: Recording, Part 1

Box 3, Folder 1

Raw Pieces: Interview: Gigs

Box 3, Folder 2

Raw Pieces: Interview: Pigpen

Box 3, Folder 3

Raw Pieces: Interview: Keyboards

Box 3, Folder 4

Raw Pieces: Interview: Self-determination

Box 3, Folder 5

Raw Pieces: Interview: Recording, Part 2

Box 3, Folder 6

Raw Pieces: Interview: Deadheads

Box 3, Folder 7

Raw Pieces: Interview: Band, Crew, and Office

Box 3, Folder 8

Raw Pieces: Interview: Unknown

Box 3, Folder 9

Raw Pieces: Interview: Caption

Box 3, Folder 10

Misc. Drafts: Interview: Introduction

Box 3, Folder 11

Misc. Drafts: Interview: The Players

Box 3, Folder 12

Misc. Drafts: Interview: The Band

Box 3, Folder 13

Misc. Drafts: Interview: Acid Test

Box 3, Folder 14

Misc. Drafts: Interview: Crazy Fingers

Box 3, Folder 15

Misc. Drafts: Interview: Songwriting

Box 3, Folder 16

Misc. Drafts: Interview: Gigs

Box 3, Folder 17

Misc. Drafts: Interview: Pigpen

Box 3, Folder 18

Misc. Drafts: Interview: Keyboards

Box 3, Folder 19

Misc. Drafts: Interview: Deadheads

Box 3, Folder 20

Misc. Drafts: Interview: Self-determination

Box 3, Folder 21

Misc. Drafts: Interview: Band, Crew and Office

Box 3, Folder 22

Misc. Drafts: Interview: Unknown

Box 3, Folder 23

Misc. Drafts: Chapt. Draft: Introduction

Box 3, Folder 24

Misc. Drafts: Chapt. Draft: Songwriting

Box 3, Folder 25

Misc. Drafts: Chapt. Draft: Recording, Part 1

Box 3, Folder 26

Misc. Drafts: Chapt. Draft: Gigs

Box 3, Folder 27

Misc. Drafts: Chapt. Draft: Self-Determination

Box 3, Folder 28

Misc. Drafts: Chapt. Draft: Recording, Part 2

Box 4

14 VHS tapes of the Garcia trial on Court TV 1996-1997

Box 5

Collection of writings sent to David Gans. Includes drafts of book manuscripts, scholarly writings, and articles by authors Scott Allen, Howard F. Park, Robert G. Weiner, David Womack, et al. circa 1984-1998

Box 6

Master CDs of the Grateful Dead Hour radio shows: 420-571; 544; 751-850; 901-950; 1021-1120; 1291-1366. 1998-2006

Box 7

Master CDs of the Grateful Dead Hour radio shows: 320-419; 572-720; 771-900; 971-1020; 1121-1290. 1996-2008

Box 8

Master CDs from the Grateful Dead Hour radio shows: 451-525; 721-770; 871-970. 1998-2007

Box 8

Interviews on cassette tapes, aired on The Grateful Dead Hour, and a single tape of a business meeting circa 1968. Includes John Perry Barlow, Jerry Garcia, Bill Graham, Robert Hunter, Phil Lesh, Lenny Waronker, Bob Weir circa 1977-1987