January 16, 2015

Boomer Anthems: "Lately it occurs to me / What a long strange trip it's been..."


"You're sick of hangin' around and you'd like to travel;
Get tired of travelin' and you want to settle down.
I guess they can't revoke your soul for tryin',
Get out of the door and light out and look all around.

Sometimes the light's all shinin' on me;
Other times I can barely see.
Lately it occurs to me What a long, strange trip it's been."

The Story of "Truckin" by The Grateful Dead: "In those days there wasn’t any rock and roll bubble to isolate us from the world as we went through it. The walls of all the hotels were thin.... "

“Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead from Grateful Dead 50 on Vimeo.

“Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead We are thrilled to announce “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” to the Dead community.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir will reunite at Chicago's Soldier Field, nearly 20 years to the day of the last Grateful Dead concert, which took place at the same venue. “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" will occur over three nights on July 3, 4, and 5, 2015, marking the original members' last-ever performance together. The band will be joined by Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano). The group will perform two sets of music each night.
In the tradition of the original Grateful Dead Ticketing Service, tickets will be available to fan club members on a first-come, first-served mail order system, followed by an on-line fan club, members-only pre-sale through AXS ticketing, February 9 – 11. Local public pre-sale will take place on February 12 and 13, and tickets will be available on-line to the general public on February 14 at 10AM EST.

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Philosophically speaking, I hate the Dead. The old joke: "How many hippies does it take to change a light bulb? None, they just let it burn out and follow it around for 20 years," still resonates with people who have to deal with morons celebrating nothing in particular but wasted time and Trustafarian financial issues, but, for f**ks sake, this is still a catchy tune, even if it derives from a bunch of drug-addled, malingering Assholes.
*taps feet*

Posted by: ArmChair in sin at January 16, 2015 5:45 PM

...Cue chasmatic telling everyone to put away childish things, et alia.

Posted by: ArmChair in sin at January 16, 2015 6:01 PM

Saw them near 100 times. There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert Period.

Posted by: ck at January 16, 2015 6:24 PM

And how little you accomplished compared to your ancestors.

Posted by: Glenn at January 16, 2015 6:47 PM


[1] Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. [2] Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So may the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow." [3] Then he was afraid, and he arose and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. [4] But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree; and he asked that he might die, saying, "It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am no better than my fathers."

Posted by: Fat Man at January 16, 2015 7:16 PM

What really limns the passage of time is seeing a beautiful gray-haired woman, daughter of one of the supreme adults of the last century, unblushingly face a camera and simper like an 11-year-old.


Posted by: Rob De Witt at January 16, 2015 8:08 PM

Saw the Dead at the Festival Express in Toronto with Janis Joplin and others and at Watkins Glen, two events in the unraveling of a generation. I still like their music and other ridiculous bands like the MC5. What the hell, it was my youth, wasted, stupid and absurd but it was the only one I could next to for about ten years after a year in War Zone C. What a long strange trip it has been indeed

Posted by: bill at January 16, 2015 8:35 PM

I saw them once in Seattle long before there was dirt. I was angry with them because they were angry with the audience because the audience would not dance. So they played and played an endless thing long past going home time.
Now that I am old, I like some of their stuff pretty well. Its evocative.

Posted by: pbird at January 16, 2015 9:38 PM

Here ya go ArmChair:

When I was a child, I spoke as a child; I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. I Corinthians 13:11

But Jesus saith unto him, Follow me; and leave the dead to bury their own dead. Matthew 8:22

Posted by: chasmatic at January 16, 2015 9:49 PM

I always thought they should have ANOTHER drummer and a couple more guitar players. /sc

Just never got these folks though I tried a couple times. They never made a red cent off'n my ass.

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 17, 2015 8:58 AM