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Grateful Dead Memorabilia55 of 76Sore Thumb, Alton Kelley, 1968Grateful Dead Ticket Oakland Coliseum 1987
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For a couple of years in a row, we catered for the Dead whenever they came to Seattle, where we had a cafe. One year, we made a t-shirt for the event, just to confuse the roadies, which seemed to work. I posted the shirt here some time ago, but only found the stained cloth stage pass this weekend while cleaning out the garage.

I had been a fan of these guys in the late 1960s, early 1970s, but had really stopped paying attention after '76, when I caught four nights of a six-night run at the Orpheum in San Francisco. So it was mostly for sentimental reasons that we did the catering, which was an enormous, thankless, pain in the butt. It was also really sad because Garcia was deep into heroin at the time, which cast a pall over the gig. I remember one roadie saying "I wish he'd come out of his room" meaning his dressing room, where Garcia would hole up for as long as he could. The other answered, "I wish he'd change his shirt." Somehow they'd eventually get him out of there and onto the stage; he'd smile sheepishly as he shuffled from the dressing room area to the stage, already a shadow of the gregarious guy I met backstage in Buffalo in 1973 (thanks Sparky!), but that's another story...

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  1. ThriftyGypsy ThriftyGypsy, 3 years ago
    That is a great story, and it is what makes this site so awesome. Someone may not have the most desirable or valuable item, but the story behind it usually makes it priceless !!! Thanks for sharing ! ThriftyGypsy
  2. packrat-place packrat-place, 3 years ago
    Great item and story!
    I was able to see them perform sometime around 1969, they played a bill with Quicksilver Messenger Service and John Mayall.
  3. michelleamieux michelleamieux, 3 years ago
    T-T-T-Talkin 'bout my generation... LOVE YOU COLLECTION, Mich

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