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Grateful Dead Records: Back Stage Passes, Tickets & Laminates
MS 332 Ser. 12  
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This series includes samples of backstage passes, tickets and laminates from Grateful Dead concert venues. Uniquely designed laminate badges, fabric passes and mail order tickets, as well as mass produced tickets from ticketing outlets are included. Not all venues are represented.
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.
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Property rights to the physical objects reside with the University of California. To inquire about the copyright of material in this series, please contact the Grateful Dead Archivist at: grateful@ucsc.edu
This series is open for research. Please contact the Grateful Dead Archivist at: grateful@ucsc.edu for further information.