Thoughts On The Dead

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

Follow The Money Money

Go check out this site, Enthusiasts: Grateful Seconds. There’s a neat new post about the Dead’s financials, and it’s worth reading. If you’re wondering why I didn’t link to it, it is because I must first warn you that there is Auto-Play. And, it’s Money Money, the Dead song about a lady who Bobby isn’t saying is a gold digger, but she ain’t messing with no broke hippie, either. Now that you are aware, I can let you venture over.

(Very occasionally, when one is in the right mood, and the moon is in the right sign, Auto-Play combines with what you’d been listening to in a serendipitous synchronicity, and it is so confusing as to become psychedelic and entrancing .)

And look at this, from the great site:

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The Farewell Shoes made almost as much money as the decade from 1975-1985. If Billy had known, he would have murdered Garcia long before 1995.

Also: this is ticket revenue. No streams, t-shirts, posters, high-quality hoodies with a lightning bolt embroidered in the inside of the hood, VIP bullshit, band access; nor is there the profits from after the show, namely the DVD, CD set, and coffee-table book. (I have decided that they put out a coffee-table book.)


  1. i bought the coffee table book. so they must have.

  2. Yep. And the “,Grateful Dead Tour”, people who stole the T-Shirt design, and owe me patches, are paying for tour with my etsy money,(pay-pal), and I have to “wait til they get home from these nor-cal shows”, before they can check into it, and ship them. Arghh.

    • Thoughts On The Dead

      July 28, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      This is why you should only buy Dead bullshit from reputable purveyors of Dead bullshit.

      • You’re right. I feel ashamed. I DO know better. I just kept thinking, it will be different this time, hmm ..Hopeless optimism. Kind brothers and sisters. John Lydon was right.

  3. I am working on a very large follow upto this. David from

    • Mean, Green, Devil Eating Machine

      July 29, 2016 at 9:02 am

      If you do follow up, it would be nice to also show the number of tickets sold each year, number of shows that year, and, adjust the money for inflation.

      p.s. nice blog, turn off autoplay.

  4. I had checked it out when he was on Strangers Stopping Strangers, but got turned off by the auto play because I was listening to what I was listening to. Will definitely go back to check it out.

  5. So you are saying that Billy murdered Garcia in 1995?

    okay, I believe that.

  6. To quote the late great Ronnie Lane: “I wish that I knew what I know now/when I was younger.”

    Here’s what would have happened:
    Jerry would be fake murdered, Owlsley would help
    Billy, Mickey, Bob would tour with 80’s John Mayer (Neal Schon) and make bank
    Jerry would cut his hair and dye the roots, come back as Little Johhny Kimock or something
    Occasionally Little Johnny K would tour with Bob, Billy and Phil (not Mickey) as Bob Weir and Friends because “it sounds good.”

    Journey would break up early
    DSO and Phish never really form
    Jeff Chimenti, not sure
    Deadheadism as we know it would be based in Australia, where Little Johhny K lived with Owsley

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