The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland today concludes a weekend salute to the Grateful Dead that brought in special performances and events, but an exhibit on the legendary '60s-era band continues there through December.
Sections of the exhibit are devoted to the Grateful Dead as a recording group and a touring band and its devoted fans "the Deadheads." Among items on display are finished and working manuscripts of classic songs, handwritten notes, promoter Bill Graham's Father Time robe and a Grateful Dead hot line answering machine.
In addition, there are five of Jerry Garcia's guitars, including his Travis Bean TB5; Mickey Hart's custom-painted drum kit; two Bob Weir guitars; several original lyric manuscripts, such as "Truckin'," "Box of Rain" and "Sugaree"; and four McIntosh MC2300 power amplifiers used on tour by Phil Lesh and Garcia.
Formed in Palo Alto., Calif., in 1965 at the height of the psychedelic era, the Dead were at the epicenter of the sweeping cultural event that was San Francisco in the 1960s. They were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994.
At the Rock Hall today, docents will be on hand to guide visitors through the Dead exhibit. There also will be a screening of "Anthem to Beauty," which looks at the span of the Grateful Dead's music from 1968's "Anthem to the Sun," which was a hybrid of a live and studio album, and the 1970 country-shelved album "American Beauty." The story is told through new and vintage interviews with band members.
In another screening, "Move Me Brightly," is a special Jerry Garcia tribute recorded at Mr. Weir's TRI Studios featuring musician friends and admirers of the lead guitarist, who died of a heart attack in August 1995. Although the band officially disbanded after Garcia's death, there have been reunions since then of various surviving members.
The museum (1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44114) is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week, although on Wednesdays and Saturdays through Labor Day, it's open until 9 p.m. Admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors 65-plus, $13 for youth (9-12); and children under 8 and members are free. See details at www.rockhall.com or call 1-216-781-7625.