Grateful Dead “Making of Touch Of Grey”

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This mystical Tweet emerged from the Grateful Dead’s official Twitter account this morning:

The film is actually called Dead Ringers: The Making of Touch of Grey and was directed by Justin Kreutzmann, Billy Kreutzmann‘s son. It’s a 30-minute behind-the-scenes documentary about the origins of the song and infamous MTV video where the band performed as skeletons.

The song had been around for quite some time before it became popular in 1987. In the video, Jerry Garcia says he first heard “Touch of Grey” performed by lyricist, Robert Hunter, who wrote the lyrics in 1980 with a different melody. Jerry rewrote the melody and the Dead first performed it in 1982. That’s how things move in the Dead’s world. By ’87, Jerry said the song had become an anthem on tour and taken on a life of its own.

The Dead finally released the song as the lead single for their 1987 album In The Dark, and, on a whim, decided to film a music video to try to promote the record. The video became a smash hit on MTV, and propelled “Touch Of Grey” into the top ten. In the Dark, which is not a standout record by Dead standards or otherwise, became the band’s best-selling studio album. The Grateful Dead would never be the same.

We will get by / We will survive

Photos: 2016 Peace in the Park Festival in Golden Gate Park

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It’s always a little foggy and chilly in the park, regardless how warm it is in the Mission District. We rode our bikes from the Lower Haight, primarily to stretch our legs, but also to see if there was anything worth seeing in the park on a Saturday. Someone gave us a flyer Friday night outside of Bi-Rite on Divis for the festival, so it seemed like fate. The festival wasn’t very crowded. Typical to most Golden Gate Park gatherings, there was a strong hippie presence and Indian food. Most entertaining was the hip hop artist who specialized in a style of music I can only describe as educational/children’s/hip hop.

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Kings of Hip Hop Vinyl DJ Mix by Frank Data

Frank Data Kings of Hip Hop Classic Vinyl DJ Mix

Attention hip hop purists – this one’s for you. Popular Los Angeles club DJ, Frank Data, just released a new DJ mix of classic hip hop tracks from the golden age of rap music. Staying true to the old school theme, Frank Data only used vinyl records on this mix, resulting in a rare DJ mix with a classic warm analog vinyl sound. Frank Data had this to say about the mix:

Vinyl is the only consumer playback format we have that’s fully analog and fully lossless. I love DJing with vinyl and I’ll always remember these records. They don’t make hip hop like they use too.

The Kings of Hip Hop vinyl DJ mix is currently available on Frank Data’s SoundCloud page: