Tuesday, November 7, 2017

009 - Jesse Jarnow & 1967

This go ‘round we have a special guest joining the Brokedown Podcast: author, Deadhead, and WFMU DJ, Jesse Jarnow. In this episode we learn a bit about Jesse’s personal history as a Deadhead, his path to becoming a guy tapped by the Grateful Dead to write liner notes for some of their recent archival releases, and his books: Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo And The Rise Of Indie Rock (amazon) and Heads: A Biography Of Psychedelic America (amazon).

Then we dive into the archives and talk about the Grateful Dead in 1967. A formative year that, due to a spotty tape record, is somewhat mysterious. We break down all of the know live tapes including a few of the mislabeled ones that are out there.
The episode ran long so we've broken it into two parts, the latter will be out in two weeks.

In the meantime, you can check out Jesse Jarnow on Twitter @bourgwick and @headsnews as well as on his website, jessejarnow.com

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Listen via iTunesGooglePlay, or in the player below.

Garcia, Lesh, & Gleason on The Maze
image from deadsources blog
Segment 1:
1967-03-18 Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA
It Hurts Me Too, Dancing In The Streets
1967-04-08 KPIX "The Maze", San Francisco, CA
Ralph Gleason Interview, Cream Puff War, Walking Blues (w/ Quicksilver Messenger Service)

Segment 2:
1967-09-03 Dance Hall, Rio Nido, CA
Viola Lee Blues

Special shoutouts to a few Grateful Dead history blogs:

Also, here's the link to the Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band show review I mentioned in the intro: The Melomaniacs

Tune in in two weeks for the rest of our discussion and more 1967 Grateful Dead!

Until then, be well.


  1. Interesting to hear some of these early performances. Garcia's playing on that "Dancing in the Streets" is totally wired! But incredibly fluid as well.

  2. "Wired... but fluid" is a solid assessment.
    Thanks for listening!