Tag Archives: Grateful Dead

today’s birthday: Wavy Gravy (1936)

Wavy Gravy (1936)

Born Hugh Romney, Wavy Gravy is a peace activist known for his whimsical hippie appearance and clown persona. After being repeatedly arrested at political demonstrations, he adopted his flamboyant look in the hopes that police officers would be less likely to arrest someone dressed as a clown. Gravy was a master of ceremonies during the first Woodstock Festival and the two subsequent events and is now the official clown of the Grateful Dead. Who gave him his unusual moniker? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Jimi Hendrix Headlines Woodstock (1969) (with rare video)

Jimi Hendrix Headlines Woodstock (1969)

today’s birthday: Jerry Garcia (1942)

Jerry Garcia (1942)

Garcia was the lead guitarist and vocalist of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead. His inimitable improvisational playing style helped make the Grateful Dead one of the most popular touring bands in the country. Closely involved with the San Francisco hippie movement, Garcia became heavily addicted to drugs but decided to turn his life around after emerging from a diabetic coma in 1986. He was at a drug rehabilitation center when he died suddenly in 1995. What caused his death? More… Discuss