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SDShad BS: Folk Music of the Future (47) RE: BS: Folk Music of the Future 23 Jan 02

I'd have to put the Grateful Dead up there, too. This is based, as much as anything else, on the marvelous, impromptu, extended acoustic jam of "Scarlet Begonias" that a number of us did late in the night at a New Year's party earlier this month. I think the "homes and gathering places" criteria set above by Mark Clark is nicely met by many Grateful Dead tunes--I don't know of a single time in an informal circle at a party or other gathering that jamming on a Dead tune doesn't draw more attention of other gatherers than most contemporary music, and the rhythms are fun for nonmusical folks to grab a shaker or rainstick and join in the vibe. The Dead being more of a live band than a studio band (the greatness of "Workingman's Dead" and "American Beauty" notwithstanding), so their work translates nicely to the non-professional, non-studio setting of the common living room.


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