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Tue May 28, 2019, 12:22 PM

Bob Weir, the indelible guitarist of the Grateful Dead, will not rest. (GQ piece)

King Weir

The long strange trip lives on.

The music will never stop.


"...Sometime later, he saw a photo of an ancestor. “He had a full-on Yosemite Sam mustache. I said to myself, ‘That's a look that's fallen from favor for the past 150 years or so. I'm just the guy to bring it back.’ ” It is possible that Weir's tongue is in his cheek, but it is hard to tell. On account of all the beard."

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Then Weir tells the story about the night Jerry Garcia died. ... Sometime in the early-morning hours, Weir had a dream about Garcia: “He had a real sort of intense look in his eye,” Weir says. “He looked straight at me, and then through me”—and here he adds the new part—“and then he stepped into me.”

...

He is a living piece of musical and countercultural history, for starters one of the few humans to have been on the bill at the Mythologized Boomer Trifecta of the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock, and Altamont. Kesey gave him acid; Neal Cassady gave him driving lessons; the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi gave him the mantra he still uses to meditate daily.




https://www.gq.com/story/bob-weir-grateful-dead-profile

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Reply Bob Weir, the indelible guitarist of the Grateful Dead, will not rest. (GQ piece) (Original post)
Pluvious May 2019 OP
underpants May 2019 #1
TexasBushwhacker May 2019 #2
cemaphonic May 2019 #9
RandiFan1290 May 2019 #3
TexasBushwhacker May 2019 #7
ProudLib72 May 2019 #4
UniteFightBack May 2019 #5
nolabear May 2019 #8
UniteFightBack May 2019 #10
nolabear May 2019 #11
Pluvious May 2019 #14
UniteFightBack May 2019 #6
The Figment May 2019 #12
Pluvious May 2019 #13
The Figment May 2019 #15

Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 01:04 PM

1. 👀

Marking to read tonight

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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 05:51 PM

2. I was never a Deadhead

But this is a great article.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #2)

Fri May 31, 2019, 12:29 AM

9. Not a Deadhead either,

but since picking up the guitar again, I've come to appreciate his skill and musicianship. He's one of the most creative rhythm guitarists out there in terms of knowing how to use a wide variety of chord voicings effectively. Almost like a jazz guitarist, but playing rock rhythms.

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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 07:07 PM

3. Grateful Dead - Wang Dang Doodle (Washington, DC 6/14/91)

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Response to RandiFan1290 (Reply #3)

Thu May 30, 2019, 10:48 PM

7. Damn, seeing them all together just 4 years before Jerry died

Bob was only 5 years younger than Jerry, but then it's not the years, it's the mileage.

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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 07:49 PM

4. I remember the day Jerry died

Went down on the Pearl St Mall and watched dozens of hippy kids forming circles, pounding on bongos, smoking lots of weed (this was before CO was 420 friendly.) Cops wandering around observing but not doing anything to disrupt the scene.

You know, I have this dvd about the very beginnings of the mountain biking scene in Marin in the 70s. One of the characters talks about how Weir came over to go biking with a bunch of guys. Jerry was there, too. By that time he had a little paunch. Jerry wasn't down with going biking. If only...

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #4)

Thu May 30, 2019, 10:29 PM

5. Me too..like yesterday. I was in Boston for a trade show so I went to Boston Commons to drink, smoke

 

and just reflect. Took forever to try to find alcohol for some reason...? Went to the park with my brown bag and joint and I was smoking in the middle of a field.....ALONE. Then some giant poodle was loose and running my way, all of a sudden the dog was right there with who chasing after it??? A friggin bike cop who busted me but pretended he didn't smell anything.

The open bottle (in a brown bag) was an issue. I had to finagle my way out of that saying I'm from NY and this is allowed..Jerry Garcia just died....and this open bottle business goes on in NY.....Please officer I'm here at a work function, grovel grovel.

So he kicked me out of the park. Followed my ass out and everything.

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Response to UniteFightBack (Reply #5)

Thu May 30, 2019, 11:33 PM

8. I got the newspaper headline and plastered it in my car's rear window.

For days when I passed certain people we would exchange a look of pain and understanding. I only saw them three or four times but it was beautiful every time.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #8)

Fri May 31, 2019, 12:36 AM

10. You still can... Dead and Company....I highly recommend it! nt

 

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Response to UniteFightBack (Reply #10)

Fri May 31, 2019, 01:21 AM

11. Oh yeah, I've listened to several permutations.

I’ve always liked Weir, sometimes in spite of himself. I’ve even liked Planet Drum.

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Response to UniteFightBack (Reply #10)

Fri May 31, 2019, 12:06 PM

14. My neighbor is heading up to Shoreline today

The lucky bastard lol

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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 10:39 PM

6. You know you got UniteFightBack DANCIN'.

 

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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 03:09 AM

12. The day Jerry passed

I was pulling myself out from under the back end of a 72 VW bus that I had just spent a month rebuilding and Hotrodding the engine on so that myself and my lady could go Fall Tour, it was to be our 17th full tour and included two cross country trips ( we lived in Seattle at the time).
We were totally floored. I had just spent 200 hours fixing this thing ( and crapload of money ) to have my universe come crashing down. It truly sucked.
We wandered around the West Coast for a while and finally settled down in Tucson that November.


I still miss Jerry and the Brothers and Sisters that made up the finest rolling community that was my home for 17 years.

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Response to The Figment (Reply #12)

Fri May 31, 2019, 12:05 PM

13. We must have crossed paths a few time along the way :)

We were weeks away, holding tix for the beachside Santa Barbara venue (site of my very first in '77 when Kieth and Donna were still in).

For the last several years of shows,
I remember feeling how blessed and
privileged I was to live those moments.

Knowing it would end someday.

Which came way too soon.

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Response to Pluvious (Reply #13)

Fri May 31, 2019, 10:11 PM

15. It's entirely possible, Good times nt

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