Thoughts On The Dead

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

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Sometimes we go left to right, sometimes we don’t. This is one of those “don’t” times.

  • You could show Lawrence of Arabia on Keith’s forehead.
  • As with all early Dead photos, one member is wearing a silly hat. (Not Pig; Pig’s hat is not silly; Pig’s hat is awesome, but only on Pig. Were any other Grateful Dead wearing the hat, it would become silly.)
  • Calm down, Phil.
  • This might be a shot from Europe ’72, I’m not sure, but it looks cold; someone get Keith a jacket.
  • Later that afternoon, Billy’s mustache and Bobby’s coat made loud, angry love in full view of the students at school for the Deaf.
  • Garcia is friends with a bear, and they have adventures.
  • Also, Garcia is friends with Bear; they, too, have adventures.
  • Seriously, Phil: simmer down.


  1. Is that a 2005 motorola RAZR V3 in pigs belt?

  2. For a brief while in my late 20s, I became convinced – as you have alluded to – that I could Make A Cowboy Hat Work, but only if it was a Pig style one with the Wyoming crease or whatever it’s called, and all that – fortunately I was unable to locate one I could afford before the delusion passed.

    It really is a canonically perfect hat.

  3. NoThoughtsOnDead

    October 26, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    In ’73 (11/17), the Dead played Pauley Pavilion, on the campus of UCLA. I was editor of the high school newspaper at the school closest to the U, so we ran a review of the concert. And this is the photo that Warner Brothers Records sent out when you wrote and asked for a publicity shot of the band. They were, after all, still trying to wring some sales out of “Bear’s Choice.”

  4. I didn’t know Keith was a little guy, tiny. Like Dewayne Richardson, from back in middle school.

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