Thoughts On The Dead

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

News And Reviews

ONE: Dave’s Picks 20 came out a few weeks ago; the show is from sometime in 1981 and somewhere in America. Here’s TotD’s review: it is a performance from a musical combo known as the Grateful Dead. I have no professional opinion beyond that, just one totally unrelated question: how many AUD patches can you put into a SBD before it becomes an AUD with SBD patches?

TWO: Someone’s finally written the definitive biography of Owsley “Bear” Stanley. Of course, that last sentence only makes sense if you believe everything happens simultaneously and speak about a possible future event as already happening. Until then, breeze through Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III, which is every bit as entertaining, revelatory, and bold as its name suggests. Robert Greenfield’s one of my favorite rock writers–he wrote the genre-defining Bill Graham book–but this large-fonted pamphlet is a recycling of magazine articles you’ve read before, and Greenfield had no access to Bear’s archives. Read it on the toilet in the library.



  1. Dave has repeatedly said there is not much from the 1980s that is releasable….this confirms ir. Back to the 1970s please. Or, even better, the 1960s

    • it not ir

    • Thoughts On The Dead

      November 26, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      I can’t speak to the quality of the sources in the Vault, but I could’ve come up with better candidates that this one.

      It’s just…nothin’ special. It’s a show. Kinda fades into the background of whatever you’re doing when you play it.

      • After the Hawaii release and this 1981 release I was going to skip the subscription for next year and then they revealed the 1973 Boston show is next up so I re-upped. Hope it is not a “bait and switch” move with more 80s (or 90s) releases rounding out the year.

  2. I’m a sucker for LLR and this one has everything except Donna. Full Bobby Cheese on display. There’s evidence of plenty of snow in this show and not just the stuff on the ground outside that night.

  3. Mean, Green, Devil Eating Machine

    November 27, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks for the up and up on the Bear book. Sounds like a borrow-worthy book.

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