I never planned to Like the Grateful Dead.
Shaped by easy punchlines, alarmist tales of parking lot antics via local news outlets and teenage stubbornness, I used to think of the Dead and their followers as a sea of tie dyed drifters. However, both times and I have changed.
Luckily, no miracles are required to get your Dead fix at Multnomah County Library. A library card is the only ticket required. Hoopla, available with a Library card has 120+ streaming Dead albums including numerous live shows. Looking for the complete studio recordings? The extensive collections The Golden Road and Beyond Description have you covered in two box sets. Additional live sets and exhaustive books are also available. Check them out here.
If that’s not enough, the Grateful Dead Archive at The University of Santa Cruz has what you need. This growing archive is “a socially constructed collection comprised of over 45,000 digitized items drawn from the UCSC Library’s extensive Grateful Dead Archive (GDA) and from digital content submitted by the community and global network of Grateful Dead fans”.
Is there tie dye tinged light at the end of this tunnel? Perhaps, but I’ll pass for now...