a fascinating article in the New Yorker, I am now aware of the vast archive of Grateful Dead concert recordings at archive.org. Well over 2000 concerts exist, and a huge number are there, free for the taking.
I am astonished to think of the sheer physical energy required to produce that much music. A magnificent obsession? And the determination of fans to preserve all that music – the mind boggles.
I've always had a lot of respect for the Grateful Dead, even though I don't qualify as anything but the most casual fan. Listening to some of these concerts however I understand both their limitations and their genius. The music can seem a bit monotonous but then there are these amazing moments where you sit up straight and say, "what was THAT?" or "that's IT!"
Image: The front cover of "Live Dead," an early commercial release.