When it comes to musical history, no one has been able to inspire quite like the Grateful Dead. Through the 1970s, ’80s and early ’90s. All devoted fans are known as “Deadheads” didn’t just listen to the music, they lived it. If you were a Deadhead, you followed the band from concert to concert. Many Deadheads made their living by selling crafts, food or other wares on tour, while others made pit-stops just long enough to complete odd jobs. It wasn’t until 1995, when band leader Jerry Garcia tragically died of a heart attack, that followers finally disbanded.
Jerry lived on through his music, which has continued to inspire people around the world. The recent “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” tour raked in over $52 million, and broke records as the most viewed musical pay-per-view event in history. As a way to honor the Grateful Dead’s anniversary, the Playing for Change foundation released a very special rendition of the song “Ripple.”
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