Join us in the 3rd floor community meeting room for a talk and discussion about the culture surrounding iconic 60s band The Grateful Dead, presented by Rodney Paul and Kim Carter Martinez.
The rise of the Grateful Dead occurred in lockstep with the hippie culture that took hold in the Haight-Ashbury in the mid-1960s. They were the band of choice at parties held by Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters as they experimented with and popularized the use of LSD. The Dead collaborated with many other Haight musicians and played numerous free concerts during the Summer of Love. Unlike other bands of the period, they enjoyed great longevity, playing together for 30 years, with surviving members continuing to jam into the present day.
Rodney Paul leads walking tours in the Haight Ashbury that focus on the psychedelic rock music that flourished there in the mid-1960s. He is also a guide at SFMOMA, the SF Opera House and AT&T Park.
Kim Carter Martinez has been a devoted Deadhead since the late 1980s and has attended numerous shows. By day, she is an intrepid union organizer representing public employees.