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Saturday, January 17th, 2009
3:08 pm

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(I need a miracle)

Friday, January 2nd, 2009
3:01 pm
"Happy New Year, everybody!! Hope and change are in the air! So what better way to kick off 2009 than to confirm what’s been buzzing in the rumor mill for some time: The Dead will be touring for the first time in more than four years, with nearly twenty shows spread across a month from mid-April through mid-May! Details will be announced here soon, so keep your eyes on dead.net!

The lineup for this edition of The Dead will be the same one that rocked the house at Penn State last fall at the Obama benefit: The Core Four of Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, joined by guitar monster Warren Haynes and RatDog keyboard ace Jeff Chimenti (both veterans of the 2004 Dead "Wave That Flag" tour). The mood of the band for this Spring Fling is way up, so it’s sure to be a great tour!

Dead.net will be your official hub for ALL news about the tour, including dates and ticket info... and perhaps even a few surprises along the way!

So gas up the Tourmobile, get out that really wild tie-dye--you know, the one with the red spiral melting into the purple and green that’s in a heap of clothes in the back of your closet--and start getting into Show Shape!

You know it’s gonna get stranger, so let’s get on with the show...

dates/venues at: http://dead.net/dead09

(1 miracle | I need a miracle)

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
2:29 pm
a moment of silence

Albert Hoffman dead.


'Father of LSD' dies aged 102

This article was first published on guardian.co.uk on Wednesday April 30 2008. It was last updated at 15:48 on April 30 2008.

Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann pictured in his garden in Burg im Leimental, Switzerland

Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann pictured in his garden in Burg im Leimental, Switzerland. Photograph: Niklaus Stauss/AP/Keystone

Albert Hofmann, the Swiss chemist who discovered the hallucinogenic drug LSD, has died aged 102.

Hofmann, known as the father of LSD, died yesterday at his home in Burg im Leimental, Basle, Switzerland.

His death was confirmed by Doris Stuker, a municipal clerk in the village where Hofmann lived following his retirement in 1971.

The California-based Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (Maps), which republished Hofman's book on LSD, said on its website that he had died from a heart attack.

Dieter A Hagenbach, a friend of 40 years, last spoke to Hofmann on Saturday. "He was in good spirits and enjoying the springtime," said Hagenbach.

Born on January 11 1906, Hofmann discovered LSD - lysergic acid diethylamide, which later became the favoured drug of the 1960s counterculture - when a tiny quantity leaked on to his hand during a laboratory experiment in 1943.

He noted a "remarkable restlessness, combined with slight dizziness" that made him stop his work. "At home I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant intoxication-like condition, characterised by an extremely stimulated imagination," Hofmann wrote in his book LSD: My Problem Child.

"In a dreamlike state, with eyes closed (I found the daylight too unpleasantly glaring), I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colours. After some two hours this condition faded away."

A few days later, Hofmann intentionally took a dose of LSD and experienced the world's first "bad trip".

"On the way home, my condition began to assume threatening forms. Everything in my field of vision wavered and was distorted as if seen in a curved mirror," he said.

"My surroundings had now transformed themselves in more terrifying ways. A demon had invaded me, had taken possession of my body, mind, and soul. I jumped up and screamed, trying to free myself from him, but then sank down again and lay helpless on the sofa. The substance, with which I had wanted to experiment, had vanquished me."

The former Harvard lecturer Timothy Leary popularised LSD with his "turn on, tune in, drop out" advice in the 1960s. But Hofmann believed the substance was hijacked and abused by the hippy movement, while he maintained that he produced it as a medicine.

Hofmann and his scientific colleagues hoped LSD would make an important contribution to psychiatric research. The drug exaggerated inner problems and conflicts and it was hoped it might be used to treat mental illnesses such as schizophrenia.

For a time, the laboratory where he worked, Sandoz, sold LSD 25 under the name Delysid, encouraging doctors to try it themselves. It was one of the strongest drugs in medicine, with just one gram enough to drug an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 people for 12 hours.

The US government banned LSD in 1966, following stories of heavy users suffering permanent psychological damage, and other countries followed suit.

The president of Maps, Rick Doblin, said he had spoken to Hofmann on the phone recently "and he was happy and fulfilled. He'd seen the renewal of LSD psychotherapy research with his own eyes."

X posted to 


deadgrateful and bonnaroo

(I need a miracle)

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
3:24 am

Where: The Beat Museum 540 Broadway San Francisco, CA 94133
When: Saturday - February 9th 10 AM - 10 PM Sunday - February 10th 10 AM - 10 PM
Why: Because it's Neal!


(I need a miracle)

Saturday, October 28th, 2006
12:32 am
village bohemians need apply..
ill make it short -

if you like extensive jams, listen to jimi jerry janis and everything in between, perhaps you happen to play something, maybe not.. interesting and diverse people living in new york or on long island who want to chill - read my posts and see what i'm about. i go to school in the west village for audio engineering and im always looking for open minded people to hang with and expanndd.


(I need a miracle)

Monday, October 23rd, 2006
1:07 pm
It's Just Another Perfect Day! Podcast
Los Angeles- an ocean’s gargled vomit washed upon the shore, as the
Decemberists so aptly describe it. This week we pay musical tribute
to that culturally bankrupt city tinkering on the edge of the Pacific.
Randy Newman sings its praises (tongue firmly planted in cheek), X
shows us its punk underbelly, Arlo Guthrie tries to sneak in a couple
of keys, while Atmosphere, Michelle Shocked and others get lost on its
maze of freeways. We also visit London, the dolls of New York, Joe
Strummer at an acid test, and the wonderful pop town of Midlake. So
take a vacation and enjoy Los Angeles the only way its safe- through

Check out this and other podcasts at http://losthippiepodcast.blogspot.com

Download the MP3, the podcast, or stream straight off the net!

(1 miracle | I need a miracle)

Sunday, October 8th, 2006
7:12 pm
Lost Music (for a Hippie) Podcast
For those interested->
I am currently undertaking a Music Podcast Project inspired by Bob Dylan's XM Radio show. One hour long podcast every week for a year without repeating an artist. During each Podcast, I spotlight one artist, highlighting the Best and most Diverse cover songs of that artist, plus a personal favorite original.

so far I have featured:
Bruce Springsteen
Ray Davies and the Kinks
Jimi Hendrix
Bob Dylan
Tom Waits
Pink Floyd
Neil Young
The Grateful Dead

and others!

If interested, you can check it out at:


Download directly to your IPOD, download the MP3, or stream straight off the net!

Have a listen and enjoy!!

(I need a miracle)

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006
12:02 am
widespread tickets
I am selling my blossom and 3 nights chicago widespread panic tickets on eBay. boo.
My 2 girlfriends who were supposed to travel with me backed out and I can't afford to go alone.

I listed them earlier tonight. sold 1 already.
buy my blossom ticket      2nd night Chicago      3rd night Chicago

Check them out. I just want my money back. and someone, maybe YOU,  to have a GREAT time at the shows!
go on. you know you want to go!!!

X posted other places. sorry.

(I need a miracle)

Monday, June 12th, 2006
11:27 pm
spaceship of fools
Tune in Tuesday night to WMMT from 8-11 pm EST for the Spaceship Of Fools !
We'll be playing Radio Bonnaroo with host Ria Houston
and doing a special tribute to a recently departed brother, Vince Welnick.

X posted to bonnaroo and deadgrateful.

(I need a miracle)

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
9:33 pm
4 tickets to Phil Lesh and Friends with Trey Anastasio on July 2nd!

Im so stoked, its awesommmmmeeeeeeeee!

Im going with my girlfriend her dad and my uncle(both heads from way back) its gonna be killer!

(2 miracles | I need a miracle)

Saturday, May 20th, 2006
12:16 pm
help a sister out
Friday - need 2 tickets
Sunday - need 3 tickets

These damn shows sold out in 1 1/2 minutes! Me and my girls were on three different computers at noon, each of us to get a night. C got through on the 2nd night for 3, I got shut out, went back and got 1 for the 2nd night, and bunny got shut out on the 3rd.
So please please please help a sister out!

(I need a miracle)

Monday, May 15th, 2006
10:45 am
Seeing panic this summer at Blossom and then in Chicago. Wondering who knows where the good camping spots are?!?!?

X posted to bonnaroo, deadgrateful and thebus.

(I need a miracle)

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
4:34 pm
spaceship of fools
Wanna hear some good tunes?
Tune in to 88.7 WMMT or log on to the appalshop website and listen online.
Show is 8-11 EST TONIGHT!!!

X posted to bonnaroo, deadgrateful, andthebus

(I need a miracle)

Saturday, February 11th, 2006
12:38 pm

(I need a miracle)

Thursday, December 15th, 2005
5:00 pm
Without a warning.....
Why does it seem so many of the younger crowd that to get into the Grateful Dead via Phish WSP and such tend to not like Pigpen and the Pigpen years?

Can anyone explain this or has anyone noticed this trend?

(5 miracles | I need a miracle)

Monday, December 5th, 2005
3:00 pm
Bobby on the whole archive.org thing

(following is my personal opinion, and y'all know the saying about opinions...) Honestly, he kinda sounds dumb about it. All but admits that it's because they want to protect the revenue stream, while trying to cover it up with the red herring of obtaining permission for cover tunes from the authors(which, IANAL, but it makes no sense to me that auds are ok but sbds aren't; either archive.org can or cannot distribute). From where I sit, if it was OK to trade sbds in the old days, then it's ok to have 'em online. But I guess I'm one of those "info wants to be free" types that Bobby was ridiculing. Me? I figure if Bobby needs income, he can go play a gig rather than sit and grow fat on past copyrights and achievements. But whatever.

(2 miracles | I need a miracle)

Thursday, December 1st, 2005
2:38 pm
Deadheads - We are famous!!!

1 more...Collapse )


Thanks to all the Deadheads for speaking up, this is a wonderful day indeed, a happy end to 7 days of complete distress over the future of this great music.

More will be revealed but the tradition of this music being free, despite the medium, will continue, atleast for now. I hope many of us return the strong show of faith to this tradition by going over to http://gdstore.com/ and putting their wallet where their mouth is and buying official releases and merch to keep up their side of this unique relationship.

x-posted everywhere because...well...it's just that important!!!!

(I need a miracle)

9:27 am
The music did stop, but started back up again?
Complete recordings of Grateful Dead concerts should once again be available at the online Internet Archive (archive.org)—perhaps as early as tonight. According to Grateful Dead spokesman Dennis McNally, the removal on November 22 of all downloadable Dead recordings from archive.org was the result of "a great communication snafu."
"It is my understanding that by the end of the day, the audience tapes will be restored to archive.org," McNally said by phone.


We at archive.org now realize that our mistaken attempts to move quickly were based on what we thought the Grateful Dead wanted. For this we apologize both to the Grateful Dead and their community. There has been a great deal of reaction, our actions have caused more than necessary.


I haven't been able to pull up archive.org to verify this. But this makes me happy beyond belief, even if it's just the AUDs.

Archive.org is getting smashed but people have confirmed that the AUDs are up for download and the SBDs for stream!!!! Let's return the kind gesture by buying a Dicks Picks or 5!

(I need a miracle)

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005
8:33 am
Brings new meaning to the saying "What would Jerry do?"
For those who have been luckily unaware of the situation, there are some of the Grateful Dead that made the decision to not only pull all soundboard (SBD) recordings off archive.org (around 2000) but to make all of the audience (AUD) recordings available only in a low quality audio stream. This happened last Wed, the day before Thanksgiving. This was done only with an explanation from achive.org which of course contained no explanation other than they had to respect the wishes of GD.

While there are some Deadheads sympathetic to this decision which is an obvious move to generate more revenue from their own online digital downloads, for the most part this action has only met with confusion and for many Deadheads frustration and anger. The backlash has reached mainstream media now (NY Times and Rolling Stone) and as of yesterday Barlow stated that they plan to try and remove all Grateful Dead shows from the web.

Still there is no official or even unofficial explanation from those that made this decision. Only many rumors, some which seem to have a good deal of validity, the deal in the works between GDM and iTunes. Many see this as the beginning of the end of Deadheads sharing live music freely and openly with total consent of the band. These decisions should be explained.

Why have they done this when there is still a lot of dusty multitrack material waiting to be mastered after all these decades? How can they sell recordings, even SBDs that were recording not by the organization but by Deadheads themselves? What about shows that have AUD splices where the SBDs did not catch some of the music? Archive helped provide many SBDs that were missing from the vault, will these be eligible to generate revenue? Before this move the community was VERY respectful about trading and spreading SBDs that became official releases, but if it seems that the entire value is going to be considered a release then we can only assume at this point that it is against the wishes of the bands to trade that music, either online or by spinning a dusty cassette of 5/8/77 for someone who has never heard a Grateful Dead concert before.\

Another thing to consider is that recently Deadheads have been creating “matrix” recordings, recordings composed of both a SBD and an AUD source. 5/8/77 is one of the best examples it is made from the clear SBD and 2 outside AUD sources and is above and beyond the straight SBD. This was pulled off achive of course but I wonder if the future will be some Deadheads paying $18 for that show, straight SBD but other Deadheads will be illegally trading the matrix recording of the show because not only does it sound superior to what the Grateful Dead will officially sell, but because many Deadheads still think its wrong to pay for a show that was given freely to the community for almost 30 years.

Personally, I continue to struggle with this movement. To me – coming from the now lost days of cassette tape trading – the music was always free and meant to be free and this tradition was started by the Grateful Dead themselves. Without the fans to spread the music it’s clear they would not have been nearly as popular as they had reached. Now they are saying that the music should not be free, that now after 40 years they may be reversing their policies. This still seems wrong to me, why should the digital age change spell the death of this long standing tradition.

More info:

David Gans of Grateful Dead Hour, lots of info here:

Rolling Stone:

NY Times (must login):

Barlow's comments:

Petition now at over 3000 signatures (also has comments from the individual:
(THere are several other petitions floating around as well)

x-posted to thebus, phish (due to Phishs policies have always been so similiar to the Grateful Deads), and visibleink

Just today Phil states he was not part of the decision and was not even informed.

(1 miracle | I need a miracle)

Saturday, November 26th, 2005
2:26 pm
Soundboards pulled from archive.org
Since visibleink brought it up, I realized nobody's posted about the SBDs getting pulled... Figured this merits an entire post rather than a comment, so here's the original announcement. Also, there's text from a petition (which is probably as pointless as all online petitions, but I thought it was well said. It's all rather lengthy so it's behind the cutCollapse )

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