More Skeletons From the Closet

Another collection of Grateful Dead memorabilia is going on the auction block. Most of it from Vince Welnick’s collection but some material from Pig Pen, John Kahn and Rock Scully stuff as well.
Including A Rock Scully metal attaché case used to transport important items for The Grateful Dead while on tour, 1960s-1980s:


One can wonder what important items besides the band’s payroll might have travelled in this case.
For the tapers there is this collection of soundboards from Welnick’s time with the band:


We may be mostly digital now and some didn’t like the ’90s Dead much but this is enough to bring tears of desire to anyone who collected few or many GD tapes over the years.

Too bad this stuff is selling into a poor economic environment. Too bad I don’t have a few extra worth less today greenbacks.

Happy Retirement to Ruby

Ruby, of GDTS TOO, one of my long time favorite people is retiring!
I’ve never met Ruby but through the years she and the rest of the folks at GDTS TOO have provided a wonderful service and delivered great tickets to great Grateful Dead shows over and over again!
Thanks Ruby!
GDTS TOO has a great repository of envelope art:
Check out the rest at the bottom of their home page.

Ruby’s announcement email is under the flap


In The We Are Everywhere Category

Alex Allen, the new British Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, is a Deadhead:

A fans’ website that lists every album, every track and every piece of trivia known about the group is lovingly compiled by a Deadhead called Alex Allan, the same Alex Allan who, by day, works as one of Britain’s top civil servants. Yesterday, he was named as the next chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, the apex of the Government’s spy network.

If you are not familiar with the Grateful Dead Lyric and Song Finder you should check it out! And, the links in the left sidebar have even more cool stuff.
I don’t think the rest of the article does full justice to a guy who is adding this to his CV:

Nov 2007 Appointed Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee.

at the same time he is adding these updates to the Lyric and Song Finder:

18 Nov 2007
I’ve added a heap more new songs played by Phil Lesh and Friends: Boris The Spider, Chest Fever, Don’t Let The Devil Take Your Mind, Downhearted, Ghost, I Put A Spell On You, Lorene, Sympathy For The Devil and Voodoo Chile.
9 Nov 2007
I’ve added track lists and cross references for Road Trips Volume 1 Number 1.
30 Oct 2007
I’ve added four more new songs played by Phil Lesh and Friends: The Gambler, Like A Ball And Chain, Plasma and Shine.

Check him out in cycling regalia (2nd from left):
and on his way to work one day in 1999:

(click to embiggen)

Check out the whole wind surfing sequence!