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

Plays Central Park About A Quarter To Nine

The rarest (and scariest) Billy of them all: Shirtless Billy.


“Are we all playing red guitars, man? It’s gonna look like we planned it.”

“Ah, the dummies out there will hardly notice.”

“I’ve, uh, also got my shirt off.”


The scariest (and rarest) of all possible Mickeys: Mustache Mickey.


Picture courtesy of the great Jesse Jarnow, who wrote about this show (6/22/69) in his outstanding book Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America, which you should buy and read. You can also listen to the afternoon’s offering via a two song SBD (which is crappy) or a full-ish show AUD (which is also crappy).


Ramrod’s Little Orphan Annie afro is always so easy to pick out in a group shot.


This is the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. Martin Luther King once gave a speech there, but did not play Dark Star. WINNER: Grateful Dead.


  1. wrayven

    Isn’t this one of the locations for that killer Ron Bykowski era Cosmic Slop video? The Dead looked cooler a year before at Columbia U. Music is not from the Super 8 footage. Billy looks rad, but Garcia’s mutton chops are too funny. Weird 52-53 Les Paul that have the wrong neck angle and trapeze tailpiece.. I haven’t seen Bob playing what looks to be Guild Starfire VI. The ES-345 was his main weapon for guitar combat.

    • Thoughts On The Dead

      I do believe Central Park was the location for that ’72 clip of P-Funk, yes.

  2. Paul Hébert

    Besides Shirtless Bill and Shirtless Bob, have there been other Shirtless Grateful Deads? Maybe Shirtless Pigpen?

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