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Friday, September 29, 2017

The Encyclopedia Of Jerry Garcia Music Venues UPDATE

Nine years ago I began writing The Encyclopedia Of Jerry Garcia Music Venues. It's the only book that combines all of Jerry's side band dates and the Grateful Dead's dates together by venue. 
Alphabetically by state, there are 1300 venues that include rehearsal, recording, performance, living spaces and planned/canceled show venues. 
The history of each venue is here including architects, builders, owners, opening night performances and other notable appearances, murals, statues, stage prosceniums, backstage areas, pipe organs, secret rooms, hidden tunnels, restorations and demolitions. 
Jerry's history at each venue includes the bands he played with, set lists, opening acts and other information giving the reader an idea of what went down at every date on every tour. In many cases via dated photos, what guitar Jerry was playing, and other anecdotal stuff that we love to read.

I've added eye witness reports to as many specific dates as possible. These are numerous, hysterical and heartwarming.

There are thousands of footnotes for verifying all the information.

Thus far I‘ve collected nearly 925 hi res venue photos approved by over 900 photographers. I've utilized college and public library special collections, historical societies, museums, architectural firms, Flickr and others. Only about 65 more photos to locate! These are the toughest ones! There aren't any Jerry photos, mainly photos of the venues themselves, and in some cases, Deadheads. Well, there is one of Jerry at Place Ville Marie, Montreal, 8/6/67. He's got a thin leather headband on. No one's seen this one as the photographer thought she was shooting the Jefferson Airplane, who also performed for free that day.

Jerry owned over 125musical instruments in his lifetime, giving away most of them. Each is documented with photos.

Envision two large two volumes similar to an old bible. This is a book that resembles the records kept for medieval pilgrimages to holy sites. People will want to know centuries from now where it all took there ya go.
To add your most unique, wildest memories of a specific Garcia performance to this book or to be notified when the book is ready, please send an email to

Getting to the actual printing of the book is more difficult than I could have imagined. The book has grown into two volumes of 2500 pages each. The editing has taken more than a year and is nearing completion. Once it is completed, the book designer begins. Once the document is in book form it is then returned to me for final corrections and editing. In addition, there are over 1000 photos that need to be inserted correctly with 1000 captions. The book cover artwork is completed but the spine artwork can't be drawn until we know how thick the books will be. I estimate I might have printed books in my hands by August 2020. We are also working on an extensive website where you can search all the venues and dates, a google map to each venue, add comments and buy the two volume collection.