Friday, August 14, 2009

Dead show/podcast for 08/14/09

As I'm sure you know, this weekend marks the 40th anniversary of Woodstock..
of course the Grateful Dead played there - in fact they were one of the headliners - yet they thought so little of their performance there that they never had anything good to say about it..

Whether the Dead's performance was any worse than any number of shows is an open question, yet the significance of the event for the culture Zeitgeist is beyond question.. We start this week's Deadpod with a discussion with author Pete Fornatale, whose new book Back to the Garden, The Story of Woodstock presents an oral history of this amazing event..

We then listen to two songs from the Dead's performance that night -
High Time and Lovelight, the latter where the band is joined by a very high Ken Babbs...
Hope you enjoy the show..

Grateful Dead

Max Yasgur's Farm,
Bethel, New York

High Time

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

Thanks for your support, my friends!


I. Jones, PhD. said...

The interview was great, the Dead's performance . . . not so much. Thanks for sharing it though. I was a huge fan of the Woodstock album and movie back in the day and never understood why the Grateful Dead were not featured. And now we know the rest of the story. Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Nice work! I like your discussion with Pete Fornatale. Having spent half my youth in the NYC area I ofcource listened to Pete and Alison Steele and the Scott Muny on WNEW.
Thanks Professor!

Scott said...

Any chance at hearing one of the shows from the 2009 dead tour?

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the interview very much. Having recently read about the GD's experience and performance at Woodstock in Phil's book, Searching For The Sound, this helped to add further texture and context. And, I have to say, I was curious what their music that day (night) sounded like...and now I know! Despite all of the negative opinions I've heard, I was pleased to find that, IMHO, these two songs were perfectly decent. Is it just that the others were not so good? Is that why you didn't play those as well, Professor? Guess I'll have to pop over to and find out. One other observation: Bob seemed a little whacked out of his gourd, huh?

Thanks for this, Professor!

Anonymous said...

Or, was that Ken Babbs who was babbling on and on?