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[[accordion title=Fun Facts About The Grateful Dead]]

• Jerry Garcia fell into a coma while touring with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers in 1986.

• The Grateful Dead bought a Costa Rican jungle and planned to produce chewing gum from the rubber trees.

• The Grateful Dead contributed money to Lithuania's basketball team so they could play in the 1992 Olympics. The team wore tie-dyed uniforms when they accepted their bronze medal.

• Their Barton Hall Concert at Cornell University in May of ‘77 was added to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry.

• When Jerry Garcia, of the Grateful Dead, was 4 years old his brother chopped off two-thirds of Jerry’s middle finger with an ax. Jerry still learned to play the guitar.

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[[accordion title=a Brief History of The Grateful Dead]]

         The American rock band, founded in the San Francisco Bay Area, and formed in ‘65, was known for its unique style/ They music fused elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, country, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, and space rock "Their music," writes Lenny Kaye, "touches on ground that most other groups don't even know exists." These different styles are what made the Grateful Dead "the pioneering Godfathers of the jam band world". It was these styles that propelled The Grateful Dead to selling more than 35 million albums worldwide.

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