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Grateful Dead Records: Correspondence
MS 332 Ser.5  
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Description
This series contains incoming correspondence to the Grateful Dead, in large part letters and postcards received from fans.
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
124 boxes
Restrictions
Most or all of the works in this series are protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Use of this work beyond that allowed by "fair use" requires written permission of the copyright holder(s). Responsibility for obtaining permission, and for any use or distribution of this work, rests exclusively with the user and not the UC Santa Cruz Library. Copyright may be owned by creators, publishers, their heirs or successors, or others, depending on the item. For further information contact Special Collections at: grateful@ucsc.edu.
Availability
This series is closed for processing. Please contact the Grateful Dead Archivist at: grateful@ucsc.edu for further information.