Skip to main content
  • “Roots of the Grateful Dead” Playlist from Smithsonian Folkways

    The Grateful Dead, celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2015, have inspired a passionate and enduring fan base that stretches around the world. The band’s repertoire reveals myriad influences from traditional American (and a few non-American) genres, and band members frequently cited Folkways Records as a direct inspiration. Listen to recordings from the vast Smithsonian Folkways collection that can be linked directly to the Dead’s songbook here.