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One of the quintessential American rock bands and jam band pioneers continue to have a faithful following of fans, affectionally known as Deadheads. As a Deadhead myself and founder of the site Grateful Dead of the Day, I can help you choose the perfect gift for your Deadhead friends.

The Dead have released some epic concert videos over the years. This collection brings together the best of the official releases as well as some new footage and lots of bonus material. Your Deadhead will get continual enjoyment out of the nearly forty hours of video that is included here. And the beautiful case, book, and other packaging will make this collectable set something they will treasure for the rest of their lives.

Shout! Factory celebrates Grateful Dead with the release of the 14-DVD box set All The Years Combine: The DVD Collection, which contains nearly 38 hours of concert
performances from the '70s to the '90s. Contains all bonus features from previous releases, the DVD debut of So Far, and an exclusive disc containing five previously unreleased Dead performances,the 1992 documentary Backstage Pass, and a new interview with Dead archivist David Lemieux. Also includes a 40 page book with rare photos and detailed essay and notes by Dead expert Blair Jackson.

The Grateful Dead Movie (2-DVD) (Theatrical film, originally released in 1977)

The Closing Of Winterland (2-DVD) (Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, December 31, 1978)

Dead Ahead (Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY, October 1980)

So Far (Originally released on VHS and laser disc in 1987 first time on DVD!)

Ticket To New Year's*(Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA, December 31, 1987)

Truckin' Up To Buffalo (Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY, on July 4, 1989)

Downhill From Here (Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI, July 17, 1989)

View From The Vault (Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA, July 8, 1990)

View From The Vault II (RFK Stadium, Washington, DC, June 14, 1991)

View From The Vault III (Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA, June 16, 1990)

View From The Vault IV (Oakland Stadium, Oakland, CA, July 24, 1987, and Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, CA, July 26, 1987)

Bonus Disc:
Wrapping up the box set is an exclusive bonus disc containing five previously unreleased and never before seen live performances from 1987-1991, sourced from the Grateful Dead archive, as well as Backstage Pass, the 1992 documentary directed by Justin Kreutzmann, and a brand-new interview with Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux.

This coffee table book brings together some of the best of Bob Minkin's photographs of the band and the Dead scene with informative history from the Dead historian Blair Jackson, tales from the road with head roadie Steve Parish, and stories from Tom Constanten, one of the early keyboardists. It is a true resource and a beautiful item that will find a prominent place in any Deadhead's home.

A stunning, 224-page, hardcover coffee-table book spanning almost forty years of epic Grateful Dead photos and stories by Bob Minkin.

Live Dead is a stunning retrospective of more than forty years of Grateful Dead concerts through the lens of renowned music photographer Bob Minkin. In addition to performance images, Live Dead showcases intimate backstage shots, photos of the tour scene, and unique ephemera from inside the Dead's legendary “Vault.” These indelible photographs present the essence of the Dead including peak moments from their concerts at dozens of venues, such as Red Rocks, Winterland, Radio City, Capitol Theatre, Europe '81, and many more. Additionally, this unique volume features behind-the-scenes stories about many of the images, tales from the road-experiences every Deadhead can relate to-as well as a foreword by Steve Parish, an introduction by Blair Jackson, and commentary from Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Donna Jean, Wavy Gravy, Rock Scully, Carolyn “Mountain Girl” Garcia, Trixie Garcia, Ed Perlstein, and more. The post-Grateful Dead years are also represented through images of Furthur, Phil Lesh & Friends, Ratdog, and the current musical renaissance now happening in Marin County, California, at Terrapin Crossroads, Sweetwater Music Hall, and Bob Weir's TRI Studios.

Jerry Garcia was, of course, the heart and soul of the Grateful Dead. An amazing musician, he was also incredibly kind, terribly funny, and full of insight. Deadheads will love reading the words of the man himself in this amazing book.

These never-before-published interviews with Jerry Garcia reveal his thoughts on religion, politics, his personal life, and his creative process. Jerry on Jerry provides new insight into the beloved frontman of the Grateful Dead in time for the 50th Anniversary of the band.

Released by the Jerry Garcia Family and made available to the public for the first time, these are some of the most candid, intimate interviews with Jerry Garcia ever published. Here, Garcia speaks openly about everything from growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area and his first encounters with early R&B to his thoughts on songwriting, LSD, the Beats and Neal Cassady, government, movies, and more. Illustrated with family photographs, ephemera, and Jerry's artwork, Jerry on Jerry presents uniquely poignant, unguarded, and astute moments, showing a side of Jerry that even his biggest fans have not known.

The dancing bears are one of the iconic symbols of the Grateful Dead, capturing the spirit and playfulness of the band and its followers. Any Deadhead would love to string these up in their backyard, on their Christmas tree, around their office desk, or anywhere else. In fact, you might want to pick up more than one strand for your Deadhead!

Set the lighting for your groovy Deadhead party with Kurt Adler's set of 12 Grateful Dead bear lights! Each light in this out of sight set features a colorful Grateful Dead bear in bright, funky colors. Each set has a 30" green lead wire and 12" light spacing. For both indoor and outdoor use.

The Grateful Dead released a classic live double-album in 1976 entitled Steal Your Face. On the cover was the famous stealie logo that would become virtually synonymous with the band. Your Deadhead will proudly wear this t-shirt with the Steal Your Face logo emblazoned on it, instantly marking him or her as a diehard Deadhead.

Ripple Junction Officially Licensed Grateful Dead Merch.

Dick Latvala was the much-loved, long-time archivist for the Grateful Dead. Back in 1993, he started the Dick's Picks series of releases, taking some of the best of the audio recordings of concerts from the band's vault, remastering them, and releasing them. Each of these gems have become staples for fans of the band. Any Dick's Picks release would be cherished by a true Deadhead, and this one here, from 1971 is no exception.

The story behind this volume of Dick's Picks is truly rich Jerry Garcia gave the ¼" tapes to these shows to Keith Godchaux in order to familiarize him with the band's repertoire. Godchaux then left the tapes on his parents' houseboat in Alameda, where they remained for nearly 35 years until being discovered by Keith's brother in 2005! Despite the less-than-optimal storage conditions, the sound on this four-CD set (mastered in HDCD) is stellar, and the fact that these tapes were lost means that soundboard recordings of this tour were very scarce indeed. Includes the entire San Diego show and all that could be salvaged from the Chicago show, plus the end of the 8/6/71 show at the Hollywood Bowl. Never before available in stores!
Songs include DISC ONE (San Diego Set One): Big Railroad Blues; El Paso; Mr. Charlie; Sugaree; Mama Tried; Bertha; Big Boss Man; Promised Land; Hard to Handle; Cumberland Blues; Casey Jones (San Diego Set Two): Truckin' DISC TWO (San Diego Set Two Cont.): China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider; Next Time You See Me; Sugar Magnolia; Sing Me Back Home; Me and My Uncle; Not Fade Away/Goin down the Road Feeling Bad/Jam; Johnny B Goode CHICAGO SHOW: Uncle John s Band; Playing in the Band; Loser DISC THREE: It Hurts Me Too; Cumberland Blues; Empty Pages; Beat It On down the Line; Brown-Eyed Woman; Saint Stephen; Not Fade Away/Goin down the Road Feeling Bad/Not Fade Away; Me and Bobby McGee; Big Boss Man; Brokedown Palace DISC FOUR: Good Lovin BONUS TRACKS: The Other One/Me and My Uncle/The Other One; Deal; Sugar Magnolia; Morning Dew; Turn on Your Lovelight

Billy Kreutzmann played drums with the band throughout their epic run and was there for all the highs and lows. Here he provides an energetic and informative look inside the band. The book includes quite a few stories that even the most hardcore Deadhead has not heard yet, showing the highs and lows that built the band, its sound, and its following.

Bob Weir was the rhythm guitarist and ladies' man of the Grateful Dead, bringing his own rock star persona to the band. Still out on the road and making music, this is Bobby's newest album, which is as every bit as good as its reviews.

Everyone knows that despite all the massive contributions that the rest of the members made, Jerry Garcia was the heart and soul of the Grateful Dead. He brought his fiery, imaginative guitar work and resonant, wizened vocals to every show, along with his beatific smile. Like his iconic beard, his missing middle finger, lost when his brother accidentally chopped it off with an axe, has always fascinated fans with many thinking it helped contribute to his incredible guitar abilities. Regardless, Garcia's handprint has become a classic symbol of the band and his own buddha-like image.