In the early days of the Haight-Ashbury, the Dead used to say that “every place we play is church.” If Dead shows were religious services, then DeadBase was our bible. And if every show courted devotion, then the songs were incantations, and set lists were spells—recipes and formulas that showed how the Dead’s restless experimentations could combine and recombine musical elements to invoke mystery, conjure magic, and create alchemy.

DeadBase recorded it all. While the project’s lasting achievement is a detailed performing history of the band, DeadBase is much more than just that record: part dictionary, part encyclopedia, and part statistical analysis, DeadBase is the Deadhead’s Swiss Army knife of reference works, providing a dazzling array of tools for approaching and appreciating the Dead’s achievement. - Nicholas Meriwether

For an article that describes the long tradition of DeadBase and the Rex Foundation

For a great interview about DeadBase 50 on

 Robert Hunter's Eulogy at Jerry's funeral and the letter that he wrote to Garcia one year after Jerry's passing

To read how Bob and Pigpen were fired from the band in 1968

To see how Jerry spent his Thanksgiving in 1972

For a paper on the "Thanksgiving Massacre" and the controversy surrounding the access to Grateful Dead concert recordings on the Internet Archives

For DEAD & CO and Bob Weir and Wolf Bros setlists


For an interview with Stu Nixon on Dead Air Radio

Thank you to everyone who purchased DeadBase 50 or otherwise provided valuable contributions and support.   Scroll down for links and other fun stuff.





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Stu showing book at Steve Kimock gig

"Tangled Vines"at Seamus Wines

Kenwood, CA 11-3-18