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I have chosen to do my report on the Grateful Dead They were a rock and roll band from the sixties that stayed popular and still influenced rock and roll until 1995 when the lead singer Jerry Garcia died and the band dissolved The Dead remained popular for so long because of the style of their live concerts that made people keep coming back In 1959 when Jerry Garcia was thrown out of the army he picked up his guitar and started playing music with his friend Robert Hunter Robert Hunter would later become the Grateful Deads non-performing song writer Robert and Jerry lived in San Francisco California On one New Years Eve party Garcia and Hunter met Ron The Pig Pen McKerman who played harmonica keyboard and was also a vocalist Pig Pen was the janitor at the music shop where Jerry gave banjo lessons During the concert of that night they also met guitarist Bob Weir and together they formed a band called Mother McCrees Uptown Jug Champions A few weeks later Bob Matthewswho later became a part of the Grateful Dead electronics and recording familyjoined the group along with John marmaduke Dawsonwho later joined the New Riders of the Purple Sage Work was scarce for the Jug Champions until Dana Morgan owner at the store where Jerry taught banjo and Pig Pen workedprovided the money and equipment for them to become electric After they had become electric they renamed the group the Warlocks Dawson and Matthews were soon to leave and they were replaced by drummer Bill Sommers Krentemann and Phil Lesh who was a trumpet player who learned to play bass guitar in a very amazing two weeks just to get the spot This completes the now familiar Dead line up The Warlocks played their first concert in July 1965 and they played pretty straight rock and roll music until the acid tests In early 1965 a state hospital in the
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