Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

A Religious Holiday

Well, isn’t this nifty? Who says government doesn’t work for the people?

This is, however, the final draft of the document. The first version was quite different; one of the Haight Street Irregulars broke into City Hall and stole a copy so I could share it with you:


WHEREAS the Grateful Dead’s concert at Barton Hall at Cornell University on May 8, 1977, was perhaps the best show they played that week, depending on whom you ask, and

WHEREAS the show has become a local cottage industry, and

WHEREAS on the other hand, you pop Cornell in the tape deck of your Datsun and turn that shit up, and you have a good old time, and

WHEREAS there is no Sugaree or Half-Step, precluding the show from ever truly being the greatest show of all time, and

WHEREAS it was snowing when the students exited the building, and

WHEREAS it has been said many times by many people, the best people, that Cornell was just a tremendous show, a real top show, and probably the best of all time, which is what many, many people are saying

NOW THEREFORE, I, Dan Klein, Vice Chair of the Tompkins Legislature hereby proclaim May 8, 2017, as


WHICH means that all members of the Grateful Dead are eligible for up to 10% off at participating local businesses.


  1. Mean, Green, Devil Eating Machine

    April 28, 2017 at 10:37 am

    The May 8, 1977 show is now officially more overrated than the August 27, 1972 show.

    • at least they’re in tune all the way through Cornell

      • Mean, Green, Devil Eating Machine

        April 29, 2017 at 10:28 am

        The out of tuneness of the original 08-27-72 film and tape is what made it so good. Then it was fixed.

    • Can we make them regret this somehow?

      Can we get lots of acid shipped into town, nothing like hundreds of tripping 15 year olds to turn a town against the Dead. Maybe some blotter printed with the proclamation.

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