Thoughts On The Dead

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

A Winter(land)’s Tale

“What the hell was that all about?”


“The band or the lady?”


“I saw their show, man. Over at Winterland in ’77.”

Isn’t this picture from ’72?

Go on.

“Thank you. So, yeah, it was ’77 because we were doing the Terrapin record. You know the part in Terrapin: BAHHHM-bum, BAAAAHHHMM bum?”

At A Siding.

“That, yeah. We were doing that part, and everybody just kept fucking it up, y’know? And it was a real nice night out, so I walked right outside to get some fresh air.”

And a cigarette.

“Well, yeah, man. Sure. Fresh air.”


“So I go back in, man, and Mickey and the producer are throwing ladders at each other. Like, a lot of ladders. I don’t know where they got them from. And also Phil and Billy had cut open the heads of the tympani, and were sitting in ’em making the crew race ’em up and down the hall. It was a weird scene. I’m not kidding about the ladders. Ten of ’em, easy.”

Plentiful ladders. Was Keith there?

“He was there, but he wasn’t there there, man. Right?”


“And I kinda flashed onto a thought.”

Which was?

“Fuck this.”

Healthy response. So you went to see Queen. How were they?

“That’s a show, man. Every trick in the book. You know, I dig those big rock and roll band moves, man, but it’s all a bit manipulative in the end. Those cats can play, but that We Will Rock You shit is not for me. Creeped me out, honestly.”


“And the solo, man. The guitarist stood there for, like, ten minutes showing off without anybody else playing.”

You’ve done that.

“When the situation called for it. Not, you know, because it’s that time in the show.”

I see.

“But, you know: just different modalities of thought regarding presentation. Kids were eating it up. One song after another, man: boom boom boom. It was exhausting, a little.”

You go back and meet the band?

“Nah. Went back to the studio. You ever hear of an owl cannon?”

A cannon that shoots owls?


No, that’s not a thing.

“Mickey built one.”

You went home?

“I did, yeah.”

Good call.


  1. Mean, Green, Devil Eating Machine

    December 19, 2016 at 10:25 am

    That’s why people used to get high – so they see colors rather than just sepia.

  2. so nice to see him! it has been a while.

  3. Luther Von Baconson

    December 19, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    jerry always had good jeans. a solid jean patina. except maybe when he went Mummenschanz slacksy.

  4. Owl cannons may not be a thing, but salmon cannons are.

  5. So you create these convos based upon actual occurrences, like did Jerry actually see Queen in 1977 at Winterland? Or is it all from your wonderfully active imagination? Either way, funny stuff. Do you not have a pic from 1977? Here’s one of him with Bobby, maybe from that Terrapin recording session. Don’t see any ladders or owl cannons, so maybe not. Upon further investigation it is from Hartford 5/28/72.

    • Thoughts On The Dead

      December 19, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      All of this actually happened. I am a reporter.

      And welcome. The Archives hold every secret.

    • Some old nobodaddy

      December 19, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      That’s 72? He was still playing a strat in 72, and didn’t pick up the Travis Bean until later in the seventies. Or so I thought.

  6. Here is another from a little further back. Wasn’t little Jerome adorable?

  7. Some old nobodaddy

    December 19, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Some of the lines for Garcia sound so much like the kind of thing he would have said, I thought you must have pulled lines from an old interview, and built your statements around them. Uncanny. Unless of course that’s what you did, then, canny.

  8. Mean, Green, Devil Eating Machine

    December 20, 2016 at 10:07 am Jerry Garcia’s Automobiles 1960-1970

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