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Explain the Grateful Dead.
Musically or culturally?
manifestable replied:
whichever you'd prefer
jas replied:
Culturally, what the GD did was take the tail end of 60s psychedelic counterculture and built an entirely novel business model based on constant touring, cheap ticket prices and a nomadic micro-economy that anyone could participate in. Fans would follow the band around the country together, selling merchandise/food/drugs/etc. outside the venue. They did this for 40+ years, became multimillionaires and essentially wrote the playbook for the live music industry of today.
jas replied:
Musically, they were a jam band. They took 4-minute folk songs and extended them out into long-winded improvisational sketches that would often segue into the next song. It's not for everyone. I'm not a huge fan myself, but they have some really good live recordings that I come back to from time to time.