Keep the Legend of Jerry Garcia Alive!
Wear a Jerrys Gone T-Shirt anytime you want to be nostalgic about The Grateful Dead, the 60's, the 70's, the 80's, or, of course, Jerry Garcia. This gray-haired man who played the guitar with heart is part of the fabric of the American music scene. Jerry is gone, and that is truly crappy. He died in 1995, and getting over it may never happen and probably never should in the U.S. of A.
Keep the legend alive
The legendary Jerry Garcia may be gone, but the legend doesn’t have to go. Some of the best moments in America’s history are in the past, and the music from The Grateful Dead is among them. Wouldn't it be a crappy shame if coming generations had no clue what “Jerry’s Gone” means? We must keep the torch lit!
Tell the legendary stories, but most of all, keep the music playing on your cell phone, tablet, Bose speakers, turntable, and anywhere else you possibly can. The Grateful Dead has a reputation as one of the greatest bands of all time, and yet they only had one top hit. “Touch of Grey” was in the top 10 in 1987. Could it be because the band encouraged their fans to record their concerts and share? They kept ticket prices low and stayed in contact with fans through newsletters and eventually through email. The Grateful Dead and lead guitarist Jerry Garcia enjoyed one of the longest-running mass followings in the history of rock-and-roll.
A few things about Jerry Garcia
You’ve got to know something about a legend to keep it alive. Much-beloved Jerry Garcia did not look at all like a person who would be a rock-and-roll legend. He was a heavily-bearded, gray-haired man whose glasses were thick, like looking through the bottoms of two Coke bottles. His weight fluctuated and went as high as 300 pounds. He usually wore a t-shirt and jeans that were somewhat ill-fitting. Was his presentation his charm? No! He stood utterly still and never spoke a word during concerts. When he sang, it was with a reedy, cracked voice.
But the guitar was where it all came together. Jerry Garcia played guitar like nobody’s business.
One thing Jerry famously said, to paraphrase, was that the people in his audience are comparable to people who like licorice. Not everyone likes licorice, but those who do really like it.
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