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.

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“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.”

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

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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).

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

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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.

3 Comments

  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.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq8sp6WF3bQ

    • 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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