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A question for any Deadheads out there

PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:41 pm
by uiwangmike
Or other old hippies, if there are any. Stop me if you already know the answer, but which GD song (which I happened to hear this evening for the first time in 30+ years) has (or to avoid action by the surviving Deads' lawyers, seems to have) music by ALW?

Re: A question for any Deadheads out there

PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 6:51 pm
by john poole
A one time Deadhead (1968-70 only) writes -

I think you are referring to this, not one of the best tracks on "American Beauty" (1970) as I remember
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFsbAuX9P4w

previously in 1969 -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqk2j-6Gq7I

Re: A question for any Deadheads out there

PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:52 am
by uiwangmike
Right in one, John. Apparently Robert Hunter wrote the song in London, so maybe he'd caught the show. The song turned up in Wild, Reese Witherspoon's film of Cheryl Strayed's book about her therapeutic 3-month hike along the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995. I'd enjoyed the book when it was the Radio 4 Book of the Week a couple of years ago, and I found the film a very decent version. Cheryl arrives in Ashland, Oregon to the news of the death of Jerry Garcia (20 years already - a bit of a shock to me), and gets invited to a memorial gig where the song is performed. The screenplay was written by Nick Hornby, and I don't know if the soundtrack music was his choice or the author's. El Condor Pasa is a recurring main theme, but there's also Leonard Cohen, Springsteen, the Shangri-Las, and more, plus a touching rendition of Red River Valley by a bespectacled young lad.

Re: A question for any Deadheads out there

PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:21 pm
by john poole
uiwangmike wrote:Apparently Robert Hunter wrote the song in London, so maybe he'd caught the show.
Hunter wrote the lyrics when in London, but Garcia was responsible for the music - I can't imagine him catching the show, I wonder if there might be an earlier source from which both Garcia & LW borrowed?

I've not seen Wild yet, but one of the few times that the over-rated (imo) Foxcatcher came to life for me was when a few seconds of St.Stephen from Aoxomoxoa could be heard on the background soundtrack. (I should have known it was not a good idea to watch a film being advertised on the sides of buses).

Re: A question for any Deadheads out there

PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:15 pm
by Adam Blake
Fascinating, Captain.

FWIW, it is a very generic song form.