Sunday, September 04, 2005

A Long Strange Trip

Taping the Dead

During the last week or two I have been reading (in times away from what I have to be reading) Dennis McNally's A Long Strange Trip: The Inside Story of the Grateful Dead and the Making of Modern America. To say the least it is quite a tale..I have not listened much to the Dead for about 10 years but last night I played Aoxomoxoa and it was inspiring. I then moved on to The Internet Archive, remembering that there a few live sets uploaded there. Actually there are 2892 live sets there! When I saw this amazing figure I thought about the subtitle to McNally's book; 'the Making of Modern America'. With such an open source attitude to their music the Dead were 40 years ahead of their time in light of recent file sharing technologies.

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