At the core of the Grateful Dead experience was the world’s most devoted fan base: Dead Heads. Dead Heads went to extraordinary, often inspiring, lengths to get their hands on concert tickets by mailing the band and its staff. These letters and envelopes featured personalized artwork the likes of which the U.S. Postal Service had never seen. Since the band’s earliest days, Grateful Dead staff saved tens of thousands of decorated ticket-request envelopes sent to them by Dead Heads hoping to capture the ticketing staff’s attention with their designs. These envelopes are inspirational and hugely insightful, not to mention brilliantly illustrated and unique within the world of rock.
Dead Letters: The Very Best Grateful Dead Fan Mail collects more than 300 of these mind-blowing envelope masterpieces, all presented 14 thematic chapters. Fully authorized by the Grateful Dead, Dead Letters also includes many rare historical photos and memorabilia, all creating a trip, as it were, down memory lane.
Paul Grushkin has been at the forefront of rock merchandising for over twenty five years. As VP of Sales and Marketing for Signatures Network, Sony Signatures, and Winterland Productions, he designed and led the retail merchandising campaigns for hundreds of artists. He is the author and co-author of many books on rock and roll, including Grateful Dead: The Official Book of the Deadheads, Rockin’ Down the Highway: The Cars and Stars that Made Rock Roll, and The Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk.
Steven Marcus is the former and founding Manager of Grateful Dead Ticket Sales and was one of America’s top concert ticket-fraud investigators. He’s been uniquely close to the Dead’s inner-circle.
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, May 17 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Friday, May 18 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.
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