Dead Symphony No. 6

In tribute to the Grateful Dead and appropriately on Jerry’s birthday August 1st, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of composer Lee Johnson’s “Dead Symphony No. 6.” The Symphony has orchestral arrangements of “Saint Stephen,” “China Doll,” “Stella Blue,” and other songs. For the premiere at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore Grateful Dead memorabilia will be shown, including Amalie Rothschild’s photos of the Band performing at the Fillmore East. For more info. see:

Dawg at UCSC

David Grisman, long time collaborator of Jerry Garcia, leads this year’s “Mandolin Symposium” along with Mike Marshall at the UCSC campus June 23-28th. The Symposium now in its 5th year exposes students of mandolin to “the diversity of music and technique that has developed over the past few hundred years throughout the world and here in America.”

Alton Kelley June 17, 1940 – June 1, 2008

Like others this week, we were sadden to hear of the death of Alton Kelley, one of the original members of Family Dog and an extraordinary graphic artist whose iconic art is so closely connected to the Dead. We’re honored to hold his work as part of the Grateful Dead Archive.

Joel Selvin captured some wonderful, funny reminiscences and personal notes from Alton Kelley about living and making art in 1960s San Francisco. It’s part of Selvin’s “Summer of Love: 40 Years Later” series which can be read at:

Welcome to Dead Central!

Welcome to Dead Central, the blog for the Grateful Dead Archive at UC Santa Cruz! We’ve seen a lot of interest and enthusiasm about the archive since the offical press conference at the Fillmore on April 24. People have been interested in the arrival date of the archive, the contents, accessibility and how they can contribute to the development and organization of the archive. We’ll use this blog to keep everyone informed about the status of the archive as well as news and updates on all things related to the Grateful Dead and associated archives. We welcome comments and feedback from everyone!