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KPFA-FM Grateful Dead Marathon

Saturday, February 3, 2001 from 9:00 am until 1:00 am

[note from Geoff: If you aren't in the Bay Area, no problem! The event will be webcast at:

The following letter is from David Gans:


Even if you think you don't care for this music, I hope you'll tune in for a while and check it out. Every year I get to put the Dead's best musical foot forward for a very good cause.

The KPFA Grateful Dead Marathon will take place Saturday, February 3, 2001 from 9:00 am until 1:00 am. It will be webcast globally via DeadNet, with help from and Sonic Focus.

The music for this year's marathon is shaping up nicely. Given the amount of stuff that's in circulation these days, it's hard to come up with things that no one has heard, but I think I have a few items that will impress the hardcore completists.

Mostly, though, I'm just concentrating on making it a day full of great music, "collectible" or otherwise.

You'll hear the complete concert of 5/26/77, which has never been in circulation in soundboard form; the complete 8/27/72, from a source other than the circulating "Betty board" tape; some rehearsal material from 1990, including a nice performance of "Good Night Irene"; and lots of great music -- complete sets and shorter pieces -- from all over the Dead's career.

I have an hour or so of music recorded March 17, 1975 at Bob Weir's studio, during the making of "Blues for Allah," with Ned Lagin, grand and electric piano; Jerry Garcia, electric guitar; David Crosby, electric 12-string guitar; Phil Lesh, bass; and Bill Kreutzmann, drums. It was Ned's 27th birthday. Some pretty incendiary playing. This will be featured in the early evening on Marathon day. Ned will be in the studio to introduce the music and talk about his time with the Dead and other stuff, probably around 7:00 Pacific time.

More Crosby action: in the afternoon, Steve Silberman will bring in the delightful "Kids and Dogs," a Jerry Garcia-David Crosby duet with multiple vocal overdubs by Croz; and we'll also feature several other Crosby-Dead collaborations.

You can listen and pledge online at <>. KPFA broadcasts at 94.1 in northern California, and also through KFCF 88.1 in Fresno. Both <> and <> will have high-quality MP3 feeds. The main feed will be through SonicFocus: <>. There will be a live chat room at that site. You can email me at -- I'll be online throughout the day and night.

To pledge the old-fashioned way (and get a premium, such as the "Best of the Grateful Dead Hour" CD), call 510-848-5732 or 1-800-439-5732.


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