Tom Constanten joined the Grateful Dead as their keyboard player during the recording of the band’s second album, Anthem of the Sun, in 1968. Called T.C. by his bandmates, Constanten studied music at the University of California at Berkeley, where he met Phil Lesh. The two became friends and roommates, and they enrolled in a graduate-level course taught by Luciano Berio, an Italian modernist composer, at nearby Mills College in Oakland. After graduation, Constanten went to Europe to study with avant-garde composers Karlheinz Stockhausen and Pierre Boulez. He then joined the U.S. Air Force and was a sergeant stationed in Denver when the Dead asked him to help them record Anthem of the Sun. Constanten played with the Dead on Aoxomoxoa and Live Dead. He left the group in January 1970. Constanten went on to a long career, composing music, and teaching piano.
This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at http://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office. Tickets will become available to Rock Hall Members on Thursday, June 14 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m. EST. A limited number of tickets will be available for those without internet access through the Rock Hall’s RSVP phone system by calling (216) 515-8426.
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In conjunction with its newest exhibit, Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip powered by McIntosh, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has announced a range of free public programs that explore the significance and legacy of the Grateful Dead, including interviews with Hall of Fame Inductees Donna Godchaux and Tom Constanten, films, and special lectures. The Grateful Dead were the most important band of the psychedelic era and among the most groundbreaking acts in rock and roll history. They broke all the rules while slowly and steadily building a career that carried them from the ballrooms of San Francisco in the Sixties to arenas and stadiums all over the country in the decades that followed. The Grateful Dead and their followers did much to keep the spirit of the Sixties alive in modern times.
All events listed below take place in the Museum's Foster Theater and are FREE with RSVP. Click the links below to learn more.
Summer Programs around the exhibit include:
Wednesday, August 15 at 7 p.m.:
Rock and Roll Night School: “The Road to the Dead: The Grateful Dead and their Musical Roots.”
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 7 p.m.:
Hall of Fame Series Featuring Tom Constanten
Past programs this summer:
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7 p.m.:
Film Screening: The Grateful Dead Movie (1977, 132 minutes)
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 7 p.m.:
Multimedia presentation by Paul Grushkin, author of Dead Letters, and Steven Marcus, longtime ticket manager for the Grateful Dead
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.:
Film Screening: The Closing of Winterland (2003, 190 minutes)
Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 2 p.m.:
Hall of Fame Series Featuring Donna Jean Godchaux