Sunday August 13, 1995
Golden Gate Park Polo Field, San Francisco CA
Jerry Garcia Memorial Gathering
Thanks to Joe Melloy for this photo.
Date: Wed, 30 Aug 95 14:22:09 PDT From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeff Lester) To: dead-heads@nemesis.Berkeley.EDU, dead-flames@nemesis.Berkeley.EDU Subject: AP Coroner's Report Sender: dead-heads-dist@nemesis.Berkeley.EDU Coroner: Jerry Garcia's Heart Just Gave Out SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) _ Jerry Garcia's heart simply gave out, the coroner has concluded. The Grateful Dead leader had used heroin within days of his death at a rehab center Aug. 9, but that didn't contribute directly to his heart attack, Marin County coroner's investigator Gary Erickson said Tuesday. ``He was a 53-year-old man with hardening of the arteries,'' he said. ``This was a mechanical process.''Tests results indicate that the guitarist's most recent use of heroin was ``likely from before the time'' he entered the rehabilitation facility. Despite a diabetic coma in 1986 that damaged his heart, Garcia had a difficult time exercising and staying on a diet. He was admitted to a hospital in 1991 when he became exhausted. Two of three arteries leading from Garcia's heart had been reduced to ``a pinpoint'' with 85 percent blockage, Erickson said. The third artery had 30 percent blockage. The Grateful Dead has been one of the nation's most popular concert acts for years, grossing more than $50 million in ticket sales last year.
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 1995 11:51:39 -0700 From: kraitch@EECS.Berkeley.EDU (mark kraitchman) To: dead-heads@nemesis.Berkeley.EDU Subject: announce [Grateful Dead hotline 8/21/95] Sender: dead-heads-dist@nemesis.Berkeley.EDU Grateful Dead hotline message from the 8/21/95 update (kudos to Elspeth Cusack for the info). To get a refund of money without getting the tickets back as souvenirs, send the tickets with a self-addressed-stamped-envelope and name of original purchaser to: Grateful Dead Ticket Sales Refunds - Fall Tour PO Box 9812 San Rafael CA 94912 To be received by 6 October. After Labor Day, there will be instructions on how to get a refund and get the tickets back as souvenirs. If you do not send back tickets, GDTS cannot keep the money. It will be turned over to the state of California. To donate the money to the Rex Foundation, they need a photocopy of the fronts of all tickets and a signed letter asking for the donation to be made. (Elspeth says "It is not clear if they want us to do this now or wait till after the post-Labor Day instruction is issued.") They apologize for having to send many Mail Orders back unopened marked "return to sender. " There is a special printing of Hunter's elegy for Jerry that will be sent out with all refunds. If you want a copy and are not asking for a refund, you can send a No 10 self-addrressed-stamped-envelope to GDTS - Hunter Elegy Po Box 2081 San Rafael CA 94912 At the end, the message states "This is hard time for all of us and we are trying to do it right."
To: dead-heads@nemesis.Berkeley.EDU Date: Fri, 18 Aug 1995 17:51:22 -0400 From: email@example.com (Eric Vandercar) Subject: The Official Unofficial NYC Central Park Grassroots Gathering Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Vandercar) Sender: dead-heads-dist@nemesis.Berkeley.EDU Date: Saturday, August 19, 1995 Time: (approx.) 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Place: NorthEast corner of the Great Lawn, Central Park, NYC, USA How to find us: Enter at 5th Avenue below 86th street and just above the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (See the <= in map below). Follow the red ribbon & arrow path to the music tent with a tie- dyed Grateful Dead flag a top a pole and music filling the air. We're hoping to be setup where the (*) is in the map, but trust the ribbons and your ears foremost. What to bring : Water, food, trash bags, blankets, frisbees, dogs, hugs, and smiles, & anything else to get you / others thru the day. Music : There will be a modest stereo setup with 1 pair of speakers, a DAT player and a portable CD player. We also expect to have a bay with RCA stereo "outs" available, so if you have self powered speakers or a "boom box" that accepts stereo input, you may bring it along, but you'll likley need your own power source and RCA<>RCA coonecting pairs. Please don't litter, help each other out. Simply make Jerry proud of us. Please be respectful of the authorities, others in the park and my kind friends (Josh, Gianmarco, etc) who will have put a lot of work into this. As Jim Beno assumed, it is very cool to bring instruments, drums, etc.
To: dead-heads@nemesis.Berkeley.EDU Date: Fri, 18 Aug 1995 09:51:48 -0400 From: email@example.com (Eric Vandercar) Subject: ANNOUNCE: Unofficial NYC Central Park Grassroots Gathering Let's join forces. We have our plan in progress that I was getting organized to announce. Here's the scoop: Starting at 1 pm and going on til ? Enter the Park at 5th Ave just below 86th Street and follow the path marked with red ribbons to a tie-dye flag and a tent with music, friends and healing. And thank our friend Josh for doing the setup/planning. This is for us and we need it. Bring water and warm smiles and hugs and anything else to get you through the day. Clean up after yourself, be respectful and friendly to the authorities. And make lotsa cool new friends while saying hi to old ones. Hope to see you all there. peace love & music, eric -> From majordom@IConNet.NET Fri Aug 18 03:26:40 1995 -> From: "James P. Beno"
-> ANNOUNCE: Unofficial NYC Central Park Grassroots Gathering -> -> A few peaceful deadheads are planning on meeting in central park this -> Saturday at the great lawn or strawberry fields (or wherever the planned -> official tribute occurs if the cancellation is repealed). -> -> This will be just a gathering to talk, reflect, take comfort in each -> other, and give a sense of closure for east coast heads. If other people -> are also gathering in the park, other groups show up, or the cancelled -> tribute goes on, we'll converge. -> -> The time is loose, all day, though from 4 to 8 p.m. would be a good -> time since that was when the official gathering was planned but was -> recently cancelled by the mayor of new york. -> -> Email me for more information and to put yourself on a list that I'll try -> to update on such short notice (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please, come clean and -> peacefully, and don't do anything that would aggravate officials, -> police, etc, that might be around. -> -> If anyone is interested in helping organize this quickly, please email -> me, especially if you know the nyc area and central park. Spread the word -> around to all your friends! -> -> FYI, apparently the tribute planned for saturday (8/19) was cancelled -> friday by the mayor of new york city because they did not have $100,000 -> to spend (apparently on police and such), and they feared drug use. This -> is just rumored, and is unconfirmed, and obviously and hopefully could -> change. Call 212-788-9600 to reach the mayor's office, press "1" for -> english, then "0" for a secretary, and politely state that you are -> opposed to the cancellation of the tribute show and would like to see it -> continue. She's keeping a tally of all such calls. -> -> We feel that we don't need to spend any money to gather together for -> support. We've done far more with much less in the past - we don't need -> money. And we'll be coming clean, and peacefully, to remember Jerry. -> -> Remember, let's make Jerry proud of this. We have to continue sharing his -> spirit and his love. Let's not see anything Saturday that will remind us -> of this past tour and all it's troubles. We'll come with LOVE, PEACE, and -> with FRIENDS, and, if you can muster it, SMILES and HUGS... we have a -> reputation to carry on in Jerry's name... -> -> Jim Beno -> email@example.com
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 95 10:15:34 PDT From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeff Lester) To: dead-heads@nemesis.Berkeley.EDU Subject: Fall Tour Cancellation Forwarded from rec.music.gdead. This article specifically talks about the Boston Garden shows (since it's a Boston paper). Presumably the other fall tour shows are in the same situation, cancelled and refund information to come after August 21st. -Jeff Lester --------------------------------------------------------- From: email@example.com (Andrew LM Shalit) Subject: Tour Cancellation Details Date: 15 Aug 1995 16:19:23 GMT >From the Boston Globe, by Steve Morse: The Grateful Dead agreed unanimously yesterday to cancel their fall tour in the wake of Jerry Garcia's recent death. That means the six Boston Garden shows set for Sept. 13-19---the last rock shows scheduled before its demolition---are now officially off. "Sorry, the Garden is going to have to fall down on its own," Dead spokesman Dennis McNally said last night from San Fransisco, where the band held a meeting to discuss future plans. There was, however, a note of optimism that emerged from the meeting, said a source. No one talked about dissolving the band, so Deadheads can take hope about some kind of future lineup, though the configuration is "radically up in the air." A method of refunds for the Garden shows will be announced after Aug. 21. "The reason for the delay is simple," said McNally. "Many Deadheads will want to keep their tickets and will not want a refund. But in that case, the money by law will all go to the state of California---it won't go to charity. I don't think that's what Deadheads want. So we need to wait until the 21st and by then we'll identify a charity." Deadheads were urged to call the band's hotline after Aug. 21 for further information: 201-744-7700 or 415-457-6388.
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 1995 10:38:18 -0700 From: kraitch@EECS.Berkeley.EDU (mark kraitchman) To: dead-heads@nemesis.Berkeley.EDU Subject: setlist [Sunday August 13, 1995] What follows is mostly a setlist posted to rec.music.gdead by David Gans (with a few embellishments). If anybody has more complete transcriptions of the speeches please share them. Note the music was previous recordings; except for the parade and drumming there was no live music... It is estimated that about 20,000 people were there.
Sunday August 13, 1995
Golden Gate Park Polo Field, San Francisco CA
Jerry Garcia Memorial Gathering
Mississippi Halfstep - Wake of the Flood Dark Star - 4/27/69 Sugaree - Garcia Dark Star->Spanish jam - 2/11/70 Dire Wolf - Reckoning Lovelight - 2/28/69 Days Between - Spring tour 1994 composite St. Stephen - unknown 1968 Terrapin - 9/3/77 Doin' That Rag - 3/2/69 Mason's Children - 12/28/69 I've Been All Around This World - Bear's Choice Good Lovin' - 4/10/71 jam (in Dark Star) - 9/19/70 PARADE The parade featured two of the large heads that have appeared at many of the "holiday" shows at Oakland, dragons, a Dixieland band played on a flatbed truck, drummers in a New Orleans funeral procession. The procession ened at a little stage above a shrine for Jerry. People that initially went on the stage included members of the band, Babatunde Olatunji, Paul Kantner, Zakir Hussain, Pete and Sheila Escovedo... CEREMONY speakers in order: Babatunde Olatunji DDeborah Koons Garcia "...He died in his sleep with a smile on his face. He was working hard to purify himself, and we thought it was going to be for a good long life but it was for another journey. And he loved his life. He loved all of you. And what I learned from Jerry was to open my heart and live fully in the moment... ...What a great guy Jerry Garcia was, He would have loved this. He is loving it." Annabelle Garcia "We love each and every one of you because you put us through college. And we didn't have to work at Dairy Queen... ...I know that he's watching us all. `Even though he's gone, every single one of us has to keep it going." Wavy Gravy He read Hunter's "An Elegy for Jerry" and his own haiku. "We are experiencing 'Good Grief' Today!" Bob Weir "...Take your heart, take you face, and reflect back some of the joy that he gave you ... he filled this world full of clouds of joy. Just take a little bit of that and reflect it back up to him, or wherever he is, just shine it back to him..." Steve Parish Mickey Hart "...you were the fuel that drove the bus... ... If the Grateful Dead did anything, we gave you the power. You have the groove, you have the feeling. . . . You take it home and do something with it. We didn't do this for nothing." Phil Lesh "Jerry was a friend of mine. He was my brother. He was a wounded warrior. And now he's done with becoming. Now he is being. Jerry, God bless you. Go with God. I love you. [to audience] And he loved you too. And we love you. Keep it coming..." Bill Kreutzman Paul Kantner He read the poem that he read at the Bill Graham Memorial entitled for the "Good of All". Vince Welnick "...when (I) first saw Jerry I thought I had just seen Santa Claus... I still believe in Santa Claus." John Perry Barlow Had one word to share with us - "love". It's All Too Much->Iko Iko - 3/18/95 Beautiful jam->Dark Star - 2/18/71 Scary jam - 10/25/73 Alligator->Caution - 8/23/68 drums->space - 3/18/95 That's It for The Other One->New Potato Caboose-> Born Cross-Eyed->Spanish jam - 2/14/68 Death Don't Have No mercy - 9/29/89 Scarlet Begonias->Fire on the Mountain->Corrina->Matilda - 3/23/95 Believe It or Not - 7/17/88 jam->bass solo - 2/24/73 Ramble On Rose - Europe '72 Sugar Magnolia - 97/73 jam - 9/21/72 Morning Dew - Europe '72 The Wheel - Garcia St. Stephen - Live Dead Box of Rain - American Beauty I Bid You Good Night - unknown 1968 Greensleeves
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 95 19:56:13 -0800 From: Darren Hayes
Mime-Version: 1.0 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Event Announcement: Friends of Jerry Gather in Eugene, Oregon URGENT EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: PLEASE DISTRIBUTE IMMEDIATELY & WIDELY DARK STAR FOREVER: A WAKE FOR THE DEAD A Memorial to Jerry ALTON BAKER PARK, EUGENE, OREGON MONDAY - AUGUST 14, 1995 4 to 8 PM FREE TO THE PUBLIC - EVERYONE INVITED Tentative Speakers; Ken Kesey, Babbs, Nikki Scully Downtown Deb with music from the Dead Kesey's Bus "Further", etc. Additional guests to be announced! Donations, artwork and ideas accepted for a memorial to Jerry Garcia (to be placed at a site to be determined). Contact: Jim Jensen (503) 344-4516 Email to Darren Hayes (email@example.com)
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 95 18:06:58 PDT From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeff Lester) To: dead-heads@nemesis.Berkeley.EDU Subject: Press Release Sender: dead-heads-dist@nemesis.Berkeley.EDU Forwarded from rec.music.gdead: From: email@example.com (Jerry Pompili) Subject: ******PRESS RELEASE****** Date: Sat, 12 Aug 1995 16:27:16 -0700 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 12, 1995 The City of San Francisco, Bill Graham Presents, and Grateful Dead jointly wish to announce a memorial gathering in the memory of Jerry Garcia tomorrow, 10 am to 3 pm, August 13, 1995, at the Polo Field, Golden Gate Park. There will be no specific ceremony. Instead, a large altar will be erected at the Polo Field, and fans will be invited to leave a poem, light a candle, or say a prayer to his memory. Said Cameron Sears, Manager for the Dead, "The band and its immediate family had a funeral for Jerry yesterday, and it is our wish that all Dead Heads have an equal opportunity to share their grief and experience the mourning process together." It should be noted, however, that there will be NO live music and NO appearances or performance by the Grateful Dead or any other musicians. Golden Gate Park will be closed overnight; all vehicular access will end at 10 pm Saturday night. Overnight parking is prohibited; vehicles left in the park will be ticketed and towed. No Camping! There will be absolutely no access to the Polo Field or anywhere in the park until 7 a.m. At that time, vehicular access will be limited to two entrances only: 30th Ave. and Fulton and 48th Ave. and Lincoln Way. At the best of times, the park has very limited parking; plan to walk, bike, or use public transportation. We all loved him. Tomorrow will be yet another opportunity for Dead Heads in general and we of the City of San Francisco in particular to show our respect and reverence for Jerry Garcia's memory. San Franciscans know how to do things right. We look forward to showing the nation and the world a joyful and peaceful gathering that honors Jerry and us all.
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