The Grateful Dead - Dead Ahead

The Grateful Dead - Dead Ahead

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 8:00pm

Photo caption: These luminous performances captured the Grateful Dead at a moment of transformation. The concerts were the culmination of a month-long musical odyssey in San Francisco and New York City.

Credit: Courtesy of Northstar Media, Inc.

Filmed on October 30th and 31st in 1980, the luminous performances on Dead Ahead captured the Grateful Dead at a moment of transformation, when the band took a reckoning of their history through the lens of a marathon of shows. Recorded in one of the wonders of the modern world — Radio City Music Hall —  these performances marked the culmination of a month-long musical odyssey in San Francisco and New York City during which the band stretched the boundaries of more than 100 songs, from the newly written “Lost Sailor” to jug-band tunes they played in coffeehouses, like “Monkey and the Engineer.” The Grateful Dead - Dead Ahead airs Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m. and again at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

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