But the Velvets and the Dead had a lot in common, and by this I mean more than the fact that they were both originally called The Warlocks. Running time: 10:29. The Family Dog at the Great Highway, San Francisco, Calif., Nov. 2, 1969. In an interview with Common Ground as a part of the magazine's 40th anniversary issue, Bob Weir discussed a variety of revealing topics including the. Curiously, Baron von Frankenstein insisted on calling his creature’s nose its “nasum.” Also, he observed that “in order to know death, you have to” — let’s paraphrase here — “know life in the gallbladder.”. I thought, 'Oh, okay. The next three versions were selected by Mr. Lemieux, the rest by me. The soldering skills she learned on Owsley's sound crew, she says, come in handy in her practice. This happened during the very last performance of the song, in fact — on March 30, 1994, in Atlanta. The Omni, Atlanta, March 30, 1994. Brent Mydland joined the band as keyboardist in 1979 and gave the Dead a jolt of new energy. I couldn't tell him, because that would not go, because I was a girl... [I would] play a dumb blonde and ask stupid questions and get them to understand their own self." In the mid-'80s, she lost her house to foreclosure and put most of her possessions â including more than a thousand reels of tape, from the Dead and other groups â in a storage unit. “It’s a song with endless possibilities,” he said, “and in true Dead fashion, they explored every possibility the ‘Dark Star’ musical landscape allowed. It’s fun. He shone just a little light and then blew away much too quickly. Mydland spent most of his childhood living in Antioch, California, an hour east of San Francisco. Fillmore West, San Francisco, Feb. 27, 1969. Now and again I imagine a world in which Jerry Garcia is alive once more, and the band comes together, to finish what they started that night, and we are all young again. Mydland played keys in the Grateful Dead from 1979 until his death from a drug overdose in 1990. This week's archival GD Hour podcast continues the interview with legendary GD roadie Steve Parish upon the publication of his memoir, Home Before Daylight. But Jerry Garcia is gone, of course, as is Andy Warhol, as is Lou Reed, and the world in which they created art has been largely eclipsed by commerce. Her husband Rex had been killed in a car wreck in 1976, and at some point after that, she dated Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland. His eleven-year tenure was longer than that of any other keyboardist in the band. "There was so much voodoo going on with the flower children, 'What sign are you' or, 'Let's throw the I Ching,'" she tells me. On the original vinyl, “Dark Star” jammed into “St. See more ideas about brent, grateful dead, greatful dead. There was an overlap between the staff of the more loosely managed neighborhood rock venues and nearby NYU's technical theater department so, serendipitously, Brightman picked up formal skills on the job. Drummer Bill Kreutzmann's wife Susila, who also owned a boutique, made T-shirts â an enterprise that Dennis McNally, author of the epic 2002 band history Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead, theorizes could well have been the dawn of the rock and roll shirts as concert merch. Forget it. The ties of the karass weren't working for her, and financial problems snowballed. Welnick had replaced Brent Mydland, who died of a drug overdose in 1990. Grateful Dead 3/18/90 Hartford Civic Center JUST A LITTLE LIGHT. That's corroborated by the detailed 1994 reference text Skeleton Key: A Dictionary for Deadheads. Sometimes this part of the tune gives way to something else — jazz riffs, dance music, cowboy songs, the ballad “St. She had some experience booking bands for events at her high school back across the bay, so here in her new cosmic counterculture world, it made sense to get a job at the Avalon Ballroom, the historic venue on Sutter and Van Ness where promoters like Chet Helms and Bill Graham booked acid-friendly groups like the Dead, the 13th Floor Elevators and Jefferson Airplane. Some nights the band did only the first verse, and things devolved from there. Running time: 26:40. "I could fix watches that wouldn't work for anybody else." Betty Cantor-Jackson worked as the sound engineer for The Grateful Dead on official live and studio albums â and perhaps more importantly, recorded hundreds of reels of prized soundboard tape. Brent Mydland joined the band as keyboardist in 1979 and gave the Dead a jolt of new energy. 5. "They did Shakedown Street coked out. I wondered, for a while – I was the harshest critic, in a way. It’s weird, full of legend, myth, Bible and ghosts, chaos, watermelons, clocks, everything. Frankie Weir, Bob's then-partner, ran a travel agency called Fly By Night that handled tour details for the Dead and other bands. A New Canon: In Pop Music, Women Belong At The Center Of The Story, Shocking Omissions: Jefferson Airplane's Mind-Expanding 'Surrealistic Pillow', The Grateful Dead's Laid-Back, Yet Surprisingly Shrewd, Business Plan. Our children had children, and the grandchildren are friendly.". (Considering how connected so many old-school affiliates seem to remain today, the term seems presciently accurate.) “Brent and I … They did not make good studio albums. “On a hot, sunny day near Eugene, Ore., playing in a field to their tribe, the Dead played a ‘Dark Star’ that is about as dynamic as they ever got with this song in this era,” Mr. Lemieux said. ... We lost Brent [Mydland… Veneta, Ore., Aug. 27, 1972. First time played since September 12, 1985 * Jerry Garcia - Guitar Bob Weir - Guitar Brent Mydland - Keyboards Phil Lesh - Bass Bill Kreutzmann - Drums Mickey Hart - Drums I was always getting sent to detention study hall in high school, and getting in trouble with the police and everything â I mean, not getting in trouble with them, but I liked to run away from them when they were trying to catch me. The Rolling Stone report from '73 â the year after Donna joined up â runs down the many departments buzzing away in the band's business hive. There was always a piano around the house and I wanted to play it. Garcia sings only the first of the two verses, leaving the song forever unfinished. "They were the victims of stock mid-century American male privilege and attitude. Well I can’t say I’m surprised to find out that Brent Mydland’s daughter has an absolutely stunning voice! I heard it as a young hippie thing sitting in a friend’s bedroom in Merion, Pa. In the age of the Grateful Dead’s foray into Americana, ‘Dark Star’ from 2/13/70 demonstrated that they were still able to pull off improvised, psychedelic/melodic bliss.” Running time: 29:42. The Brilliant Uncertainty of the Grateful Dead’s ‘Dark Star’. He started piano lessons aged six and had formal classical lessons through his junior year in high school. No compendium of “Dark Star”s is complete without a version of the original “single” of the song, from 1968. (Which, admittedly, Brightman â who still sounds actively mischievous, close to 50 years after taking a job, in part, because of its potential for absurdity â thinks was kind of funny: "Actually, I think that's hilarious," she says. Brent Mydland Could More Than Hold His Own As Front Man. "Other women felt the same; we didn't want to raise our kids around a drug-taking, rock and roll environment.". Running time: 25:23. In the late 1960s he bought the first albums by Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, and during this interview he stated that he was in a band “where I used to sing “Morning Dew” and we did “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” too.” [For a track list of Jennifer Finney Boylan’s favorite performances of the Grateful Dead’s “Dark Star,” scroll to the bottom. "'Who's this pretty lady?' It felt like the perfect job for a designer who had always felt creatively in tune with light ("I don't like certain times of day," she answers when I ask if she feels like a visually-oriented person, "I could never have worked in an office because of fluorescent lighting") and who gravitated toward the eccentric and the unpredictable. A Rolling Stone feature on her from 2014 begins with this apologetic lede: "Donna Jean Godchaux knows what you're thinking, especially if you're a Deadhead: That her voice wasn't always spot-on.". Raised in the Chicago suburbs, Brightman had studied set design at St. John's College in Annapolis, Md. The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Penn., Sept. 21, 1972. Plus, they just didn't like being in the studio. and watching Brent and Jerry interact during the Not Fade Away was so heartwarming. Scott Bernstein Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir spoke about the band with famed producer Rick Rubin on the latest episode of the Broken Record podcast. Then we fell over into Billy Kreutzmann's drum kit."). That's where she met the Grateful Dead, with whom she'd eventually travel thousands of miles over close to 20 years, recording hundreds of hours of tape and becoming one of the many female workers, supporters and associates who shaped the story of America's most weird, colorful, sui generis rock and roll band. The Denver project was short-lived, and Cantor was back in San Francisco by 1968, working at the Carousel Ballroom and learning sound engineering at an underground FM station, thinking she might want to be a DJ. There are versions of it in which the audience is clapping along, like it’s a dance tune. McNally's interlude covers much of the same ground as Skeleton Key's peek inside the Dead offices, although perhaps with more emphasis on the relationships between the extended family of employees, colleagues, friends and lovers that turned on the band's axis, with the lines between identities often blurred. 9. And in France! Music is one of them. "I'm sure I could've gotten tickets, though," she says. She also has an ongoing gig with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and its associated projects, whose jam/Americana fandom overlaps heavily with Deadheads, recording their live shows as "Betty's Blends." That led to an apprenticeship with Dead recording tech Bob Matthews, who she met (and briefly dated) while handling concessions at the Carousel. “Similar in structure to 4/8/72, this ‘Dark Star’ has it all, from the psychedelic depths of its earlier incarnations to the jazz-inflected introspective moments, to an ending that is all bouncing and smiles,” Mr. Lemieux said. 11. Fillmore East, New York City, Sept. 19, 1970. The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Penn., Sept. 21, 1972. In an interview he commented that: "my sister took lessons and it looked fun to me, so I did too. Brightman continued to work in lighting design for Dead-related projects and, between 2004-2008, for the jamband Widespread Panic. I heard it the night my daughter was born, in Maine. Brent certainly had his detractors early on though, from both fans and band-members alike. Donna, who grew up near Florence, Ala. (the site of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, of which she is an inductee) worked as a teen backup vocalist on sessions in Muscle Shoals, recording behind Percy Sledge, Elvis and Cher, among others, at the famed studio there before falling in with the Dead â to whose fans she would eventually become a topic of endless argument. Here are some tips. In an interview with … But we still have “Dark Star,” in all its beautiful, terrifying weirdness. In the end, Cantor chose mics and tape over hot dogs, though, working as an engineer and producer on official live and studio albums from 1968's Anthem of the Sun through 1981's Dead Set â and perhaps more importantly, recording hundreds of reels of soundboard tape. The band had the right level of weirdness to keep her entertained â and she figures she had whatever strangely calibrated formula of personality it took to thrive in their singular company. Running time: 23:17. Spouses and ex-spouses, and children â like Jerry Garcia's daughter Trixie â make up most of the female representation in the movie. Midway into the tune, Kesey reads the e e cummings poem “Buffalo Bill’s Defunct.” Running time: 11:06. After the lyric, in most performances, the song turns catty-wompus. ], “Dark Star,” the Dead’s most hypnotic tune, began with the band rehearsing at the Rio Nido in Sonoma County in the summer of 1967. "But Brent had a deeply self-destructive streak. Stephen,” and “The Eleven” and “Turn On Your Lovelight.” The live version of the song that began this sequence, “Mountains of the Moon,” was not released until the full four-night run of the Fillmore shows was made available in 2005. He was 37 years old. 8. McNally offered some perspective in defense of the singer. The band’s spring 1972 tour of Europe was a triumph. It brings up something you can see.” The chorus echoes T.S. Brightman became the Grateful Dead's first touring lighting designer, hitting the road with them (and Betty Cantor) for the Europe '72 tour that would become an iconic live triple album of the same name. "Their subsequent romance," longtime band publicist and historian Dennis McNally writes, "did not obscure the fact that she turned into a good engineer as well as an ace hot-dog salesperson.". Wembley Empire Pool, London, April 8, 1972. That's not too hard. Garcia would die of a heart attack 17 months later, on Aug. 9, 1995. Cantor-Jackson is the production manager, engineer and road manager for Glide Memorial, an inclusive Methodist congregation in San Francisco with an eight-piece band and up to 110 people in its choir. Her sense of showmanship, for one, he says, offended fans who liked to think of their band as virtuously free from such razzle-dazzle and flash. 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