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“The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast,” the official Grateful Dead podcast, is a series devoted to exploring the music and mythology behind one of the most enduring, progressive, and influential bands in the history of recorded music. The podcast’s tagline is “For The Committed And The Curious,” as episodes will invite new fans to explore the band’s enormous mythology in digestible chunks and enlighten life-long Dead Heads about corners of the band’s history they never knew existed. No topic will be off limits on “The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast” as hosts Rich Mahan and Jesse Jarnow explore the band’s outrageous history, innovations, and impact from 1965 to today.

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“The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast,” the official Grateful Dead podcast, is a series devoted to exploring the music and mythology behind one of the most enduring, progressive, and influential bands in the history of recorded music. The podcast’s tagline is “For The Committed And The Curious,” as episodes will invite new fans to explore the band’s enormous mythology in digestible chunks and enlighten life-long Dead Heads about corners of the band’s history they never knew existed. No topic will be off limits on “The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast” as hosts Rich Mahan and Jesse Jarnow explore the band’s outrageous history, innovations, and impact from 1965 to today.

    American Beauty 50, Episode 8: Till The Morning Comes / To Lay Me Down

    American Beauty 50, Episode 8: Till The Morning Comes / To Lay Me Down

    Jumping off from “Till the Morning Comes” and the outtake “To Lay Me Down” we hear from Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay on falling in love with (and to) the Dead, Bob Weir on the secret to recording Phil Lesh, Stephen Malkmus with a psychedelic book recommendation, and time travel to Winterland in October 1970.

    • 51 min
    American Beauty 50, Episode 7: Brokedown Palace

    American Beauty 50, Episode 7: Brokedown Palace

    We examine how the Grateful Dead classic “Brokedown Palace” forms a hidden but powerful song suite with “Ripple,” the preceding song on American Beauty, with guests Bob Weir, pianist Howard Wales, longtime Dead publisher Alan Trist, historian Nicholas Meriwether, and musicologist Mike Hamad, plus a search for Pigpen’s cat.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    BONUS: A Visit to Planet Drum with Mickey Hart

    BONUS: A Visit to Planet Drum with Mickey Hart

    On a very special bonus episode, we check in with Mickey Hart about his latest drones and hear high tales of Grateful Dead madness, from frying bacon onstage to using firearms as percussion, plus stories about his handcrafted instrument, the Beam, and a look into the Barn, his recording “crucible” in Novato and one of the great and oft-forgotten studios of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

    • 36 min
    American Beauty 50, Episode 6: Ripple

    American Beauty 50, Episode 6: Ripple

    We examine Ripple, the timeless cosmic hymn leading off Side B of American Beauty, written during what Robert Hunter called a peak experience, and take a close look at the Dead’s very own softball team, with guests Bob Weir, David Grisman, Ned Lagin, and many more, including Ripple chorale performer Sam Cutler.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    American Beauty 50, Episode 5: Candyman

    American Beauty 50, Episode 5: Candyman

    With the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, we examine how “Candyman” updates an old folk meme, we welcome David Crosby to talk about the hottest session guitarist in 1970 San Francisco, Jerry Garcia; plus a cavalcade of stars.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    American Beauty 50, Episode 4: Operator

    American Beauty 50, Episode 4: Operator

    To celebrate “Operator,” the fourth song on American Beauty and the first Grateful Dead song written solely by Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, we examine his life and offer an extremely rare look into the Pigpen archives, a collection of journals, letters, and more inherited by an old family friend.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

SADP666 ,

This could be great but

35+ year diehard fan of the Dead, I just finished listening to the first podcast and I have to say that it is very informative but it’s a little too slick, considering this is about the good old Grateful Dead. You guys sound like you are doing radio commercials for Bay Bloor Radio in Toronto, or like you just got out of journalism school, or that you are reading a book Script for Audible. Let your personalities shine through instead of trying to sound like pros. It would be nice to hear your thoughts about the songs you are talking about too. Having said that, I am looking forward to hearing more - and hope you can make yourselves more comfortable as episodes roll on.

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