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Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

In Celebration of Jerry Garcia and The Days Between

You were definitely privileged to be able to experience this amazing time from the vantage point that you had!

Always enjoy your columns that come from a perspective inside the music/record business...a vantage point that many of us did not experience first hand...thanks Ed.  I, for one, am glad you can remember it.  Given the affection with which you write of those days, I'd guess that despite substance interference, the most important thing to you was the music...so it isn't that surprising you still have the memories...

Ed, stories from your music industry days are my favorite things about your column. And your column has long been my favorite on ND.  Am not a Dead fan, had never heard of “the days between”. Great that some Dead fans remember to check the calendar.

While jealous of such stories, I'm glad someone remembers them to tell them so well. I joined the "circus" in 1977 and stayed "on the bus"metaphorically till the end. I, also, did a radio tribute for Jerry during the "days between". I expect to do the same for years to come.

Thanks, from the "other one", Ed, that is!

       Yo Easy Ed,

You never mentioned that you knew the Grateful Dead in the first No Depression website. I loved their music in the 70s. I loved all of those records you mentioned. My favorite time of the Dead was 72-77, the 3 record set Europe 72 turned me on to the Dead. I was at the first Dead Show at the Civic center in 74.  That was a great show, They had the Wall of Sound with them, a huge sound system They were only able to use it one year, it was too much work, they had 2 of those huge systems,they would have one crew setting up the other sound system at the next venue, because it would take a whole day to set it up,Anyway, a great band.

 

 

One’s memory is a strange duck. I’m always questioning whether there is a distortion field of reality to my stories or if I’m telling it like it is. As for this one, I have marinated it for months before sharing. Glad y’all enjoyed it. And Jack-formerly known as Jack- maybe I’ll do a few more of these music biz stories. Got a lot of them deep in the brain bank. 

Thanks for this and great clips.