Happy Birthday, Jerry Garcia!

The Grateful Dead

Jerry Garcia and goblet: Taken most likely in 1978 at the Dead’s renowned San Rafael Front St. recording studio/rehearsal space.  This image was featured as the album cover for the Grateful Dead’s “Farewell to Winterland” (1979).

Jerry Garcia, who passed away in 1995, would have turned 71 years old today.  To celebrate his life and times we’ve gathered a handful of great images from Jim Marshall’s vast collection of Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead shots as a little JMPLLC tribute.

There are some other very cool things going on around town to celebrate Garcia’s legacy, the Grateful Dead and a social and musical phenomenon that was kickstarted in the ’60s and just seems to keep on truckin’.

Most notably, musician Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, The Dead) and the San Francisco Symphony are offering up an orchestral program tonight and tomorrow, Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration With Warren Haynes, that features Garcia’s original compositions and the classic standards that were also linchpins of Garcia and Grateful Dead shows.

The Grateful Dead

Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir tune up in a Dodge van “backstage” at the Free Concert in Golden Gate Park with the Jefferson Starship on Sunday, Sept. 28, 1975.

Also, Jerry Day at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park is happening this Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 to “celebrate one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time and San Francisco native son – Jerry Garcia.  This event captures the true spirit of Jerry Garcia as we celebrate his legacy, the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, and recognize his Excelsior roots.

“By uniting the diverse communities of San Francisco through Jerry’s music, we are creating something extraordinary for Jerry’s childhood neighborhood – the Excelsior District, McLaren Park, and the City and County of San Francisco.”  More Jerry events can be found here.

David Crosby

Left to right: Jerry Garcia, David Crosby, Phil Lesh and Neil Young working on Crosby’s debut solo album LP “If I Could Only Remember My Name.” The album was recorded during 1970-1971 at Wally Heiders in San Francisco, CA.

And for those of you out there who’d like to learn a lot more about Jim Marshall and his connections to Garcia and the Grateful Dead, feel free to check out the original JMPLLC blogs that featured some of these shots and the stories surrounding them, at the following links or just search the blog for “Jerry Garcia”:

More Rare Live + Still Dead

Grateful Dead: The Long Strange Trip Begins

Valentine’s from the JMPLLC Archives

The Grateful Dead on Haight St 1968

Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead play live at the Haight Street Fair on March 3, 1968. This shot ended up being part of the inside spread of “Live/Dead,” one of the band’s greatest albums.

Jerry Garcia and Mountain Girl

Jerry Garcia enjoying some “medicine” with Mountain Girl (Carolyn Adams) by his side in 1967.







The Grateful Dead

From left: Keith Godchaux, Bill Kreutzmann, Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Donna Godchaux, Bob Weir, and Phil Lesh in 1976.











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3 Responses to Happy Birthday, Jerry Garcia!

  1. Rob says:

    Can anyone tell me where I can purchase a copy of the photograph of Jerry with Crosby, Neil and Phil recording If I Could Only Remember My Name? It’s amazing! Thanks in advance.

  2. RockDoc says:

    Wonderful iconic moments frozen in time forever by a truly great artist.

  3. Mr. D says:

    I found Jim Marshall while I was looking for another Jim Marshall….. SO GLAD I FOUND THIS SIGHT ….THANKS ! But I wish you would post more Photos !

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