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  • “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.

    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.