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The Grateful Dead Is Ruining John Mayer's Face

'I'm worried about falling off the bike'

(Newser) - Put off by John Mayer's "gnarly guitar face?" Blame the complex songs of the Grateful Dead. Bob Weir, of the Grateful Dead, and Mayer, of that one Taylor Swift song, appeared on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live on Tuesday. During the show, an audience member asked Mayer... More »

Top 7 Earners in Music for 2015

Not surprisingly, Taylor Swift tops the list by a long shot

(Newser) - Which musicians are raking in the most dough? Billboard looked at 2015 revenue from music sales, streaming, publishing, and revenue (so, not counting money made from merchandising or sponsorships) to come up with the 40 highest-paid musicians of that year. The top seven:
  1. Taylor Swift: $73.5 million, $61.7
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Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh Has Cancer

75-year-old diagnosed with bladder cancer this month

(Newser) - Troubling news for Deadheads: Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and is being treated in Arizona. The 75-year-old bassist announced his illness Friday on the Facebook page of his California restaurant and concert hall, Terrapin Crossroads. Lesh, diagnosed early this month, has been undergoing tests... More »

Did the Grateful Dead Conjure Up a Rainbow?

Some suspect moving sight at farewell gig was man-made

(Newser) - Even without Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead's power to put on an amazing show isn't in doubt—but the group's ability to conjure up rainbows is being hotly debated. As the band played "Viola Lee Blues" on Saturday to end the first of two sets, a... More »

Game of Thrones Author: Yep, I'm a Deadhead

George RR Martin says the band has influenced his writing

(Newser) - There have long been rumblings that Game of Thrones author George RR Martin must be a Deadhead, thanks to numerous apparent references to the Grateful Dead in his books, and in a recent 92Y interview he acknowledged as much, Business Insider reports. "I'm certainly a fan of the... More »

Grateful Dead Tickets: Yours for Up to $116K

Farewell/reunion show sold out

(Newser) - The "core four" original members of the Grateful Dead are reuniting for a three-day 50th anniversary show in Chicago, and let's just say people really, really want to see it. The farewell show, appropriately titled Fare Thee Well, sold out, but tickets are being sold on the secondary... More »

Mom Reports Her Deadhead Son Went Missing—in 1995

It's complicated, but this might be answer to 'Grateful Doe' mystery

(Newser) - A woman in Myrtle Beach, SC, filed a missing person report this week over a teenage son who left 20 years ago, reports the Smoking Gun . Strange? Yes, but this might be the answer to the mystery of "Grateful Doe," an unidentified car-crash victim from 1995. Start here:... More »

Grateful Dead Reuniting for 3 Final Shows

For the four surviving originals, this is it

(Newser) - "Bittersweet" is how Rolling Stone describes it: The four surviving members of the original Grateful Dead are getting together to play three shows in Chicago this summer, but there's a catch: "These will be the last shows with the four of us together," Bob Weir tells... More »

How 4/20 Became 'National Weed Day'

It all started as a high school in-joke in 1971

(Newser) - It's April 20, the day on which marijuana enthusiasts around the country celebrate their favorite smokable green herb at events like the Cannabis Cup in Denver and Snoop Lion's (nee-Dogg's) 420 Festival in LA. But why April 20? The tradition can be traced back to a group... More »

Among 25 Newly Honored US Sounds: 'Purple Rain'

Only-known audio of ex-slaves also joins National Recording Registry

(Newser) - America's archived history just got a little noisier: 25 sounds that shaped the American cultural landscape are being inducted into the National Recording Registry. The additions are being announced today by the Library of Congress. Among them:
  • A handful of pop/rock songs: Donna Summer's 1977 hit "I
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Get Ready for Grateful Dead Skateboards

Wine, snowboards also among new merchandising deals

(Newser) - The Dead are looking for new ways to live on, and they’ve settled on skateboards. In a new business deal, remaining members of the Grateful Dead have agreed to put their logos on a range of new items, including Wines That Rock, Dregs skateboards, and Burton snowboards. But they’... More »

LSD King Owsley Stanley Dead at 76

Counterculture pioneer takes final trip

(Newser) - Owsley Stanley, LSD cook, sound engineer, sculptor, and one of the most influential figures in '60s counterculture, has been killed in a car accident in Australia at the age of 76. Nicknamed "Bear," Stanley manufactured millions of doses of high quality "Owsley Acid" at his San Francisco... More »

11 Surprising One-Hit Wonders

We all love Norah Jones, but she's still on this list

(Newser) - You would never guess, but Jimi Hendrix was technically a one-hit wonder. Yep, the definition of the term is “an artist or band who only has one song make the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart,” regardless of album sales or performance on other charts,... More »

The Business Genius of the Grateful Dead

Biz school studies the power of passion, early social networking

(Newser) - Barry Barnes saw the Grateful Dead 194 times during the band's 30-year-long run, which ended when Jerry Garcia died, in 1995. But his passion hasn't died, and Barnes, now a business school professor, uses the Dead as a case study in what he calls "strategic improvisation" and very early... More »

Animal Collective Doesn't Care About Cool

Band fearless as ever on Fall Be Kind EP

(Newser) - Merriweather Post Pavilion made Animal Collective one of the most hyped bands of 2009, but the follow-up Fall Be Kind EP sounds almost aggressively unconcerned with indie cred. The first song includes a flute solo from Zamfir, one of those ubiquitous infomercial pan-flute players, while a later track samples the... More »

Santa Cruz Seeks Deadhead Archivist

UC offers $70K for job made in hippie heaven

(Newser) - Far out. The University of Santa Cruz is seeking an archivist to help handle its horde of Grateful Dead material—for a very un-hippie-like $70,000 salary, plus benefits. The school is seeking a "creative" professional with a master's degree, and preferably "expert knowledge" of the "history... More »

How Skulls Took Over Fashion

Once scary, now stylish, skulls are trendy—and not just at Halloween

(Newser) - Skulls, once seen as sinister symbols, are now used on everything from children's shirts to underwear. Sara Dickerman of Slate takes a look at how the trend developed:
  • In the 16th century, artists like Albrecht Dürer were still using skulls to remind people of their mortality.
  • French pirate Emanuel
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Corpse Sex Show Stirs Up Swiss

Exhibit ignites outrage in Europe

(Newser) - German anatomist Gunther von Hagens just opened his traveling corpse sex show in Zurich and is steeled for controversy, reports Gawker. Von Hagens discovered a way to plasticize human bodies and has exhibited corpses stripped of their skin all over the world doing various activities. His latest show revealing bodies... More »

San Fran Returns to Its Psychedelic Roots

Not that any band there would say they knew of a scene

(Newser) - San Francisco seems to have had something of a psychedelic rock resurgence, though don’t ask any of the bands involved to identify themselves that way. “People are so aware of everything and don't really separate it that much,” a man whose band has the telltale brooding drones... More »

'Grateful' Symphony Debuts

Baltimore to unveil work based on various Dead classics

(Newser) - The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will debut this week an opera derived from the music of the Grateful Dead, on what would have been Jerry Garcia’s 66th birthday. Titled Dead Symphony No. 6, each movement goes truckin' on a different Dead song. The Grateful Dead is “long overdue to... More »

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