Grateful Dead – Deluxe Press Kit for 1967 Debut Album
An extremely rare press kit promoting the upcoming debut album by the Grateful Dead, released by Warner Bros. Records in 1967. This features a unique printed cover with band photos. The press kit contains two different biographies–first, a two page one titled "Version l" which has ridiculous credits for the band, maintaining Jerry Garcia worked on a mine-sweeper named the "Thresher", Phil Lesh played "Miss Francis" on the TV show "Ding Dong School", Pig Pen shared his room with many young "porkers" and wrote a research paper on "The Habits of Pigs", Bill Somers (aka Bill Kreutzman) started off as a tap dancing newspaper seller, and Bob Weir has convinced his parents he is a doctor at 18 years old. There is also a 3 page bio entitled "Version ll" featuring equally crazy interviews with each band member (very psychedelic rambling), a 2 page reprint from the Village Voice, a single page reprint from Ramparts by future Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, and a third single page reprint of a Newsweek article. Each of the 3 reprints are headlined 'Who Are The Grateful Dead' with 'The Answer Soon—on Warner Bros. Records' at the bottom. We have never seen another one of these historic press kits, from the birth of the psychedelic rock era, and the beginning of a storied band's career.(br)From the estate of the late Ralph J. Gleason, music editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, co-founder or Rolling Stone Magazine. Gleason was a friend and supporter of the Dead and the other San Francisco bands, and wrote about them in his definitive book "The Jefferson Airplane and the San Francisco Scene."
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