November 30, 2005


Deadheads Outraged Over Web Crackdown (JEFF LEEDS, 11/30/05, NY Times)

The Grateful Dead, the business, is testing the loyalty of longtime fans of the Grateful Dead, the pioneering jam band, by cracking down on an independently run Web site that made thousands of recordings of its live concerts available for free downloading. [...]

Dissent has been building rapidly, however, as the band's fans - known as Deadheads - have discovered the recordings are, at least for the time being, not available. Already, fans have started an online petition, at, threatening to boycott the band's recordings and merchandise if the decision is not reversed.

What could be more hollow than a threat from deadheads to move on with their lives?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 30, 2005 12:00 AM

Q: What did the deadhead say when he ran out of dope?

A: Hey! What's up with this crappy music?

Posted by: ted welter at November 30, 2005 11:53 AM

OK, let me get this straight. If they can't get free music downloads, they'll stop paying for CDs?

Posted by: Robert Duquette at November 30, 2005 9:17 PM

they are organizing a boycott of the Dead's next tour. probably spend their ticket money seeing Hendrix and The Doors, instead.

Posted by: jerry's toe at November 30, 2005 10:01 PM

Robert D:

Your serious deadheads buy all of the CDs--what we are talking about here is the trade in bootleg tapes from shows. Serious deadheads savor the subtleties of Aspen '78 vs. Minneapolis '81 like yuppies talking about wine. Most of the shows aren't available for sale.

To be fair, it would seem to violate the Spirit of Jerry to clamp down on the tapeheads (or their internet equivalent). During their heyday, the Dead used to allow taping (unlike most arena rock acts).

Posted by: ted welter at December 1, 2005 9:47 PM

I see the Grateful Dead have backed off and are allowing the free downloading to resume:,1,17883,00.html?tnews

Posted by: ted welter at December 2, 2005 10:59 AM