Hear the Grateful Dead Tune Up for 92 Minutes

Brow Beat
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Dec. 18 2012 11:46 AM

A Year of the Grateful Dead Tuning Their Instruments

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From left to right: Brent Mydland, Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia, and Bill Kreutzmann.

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Yesterday Boing Boing plucked this curiosity from the magnificent Internet Archive: "Tuning '77," which was created by Michael David Murphy, and which the Archive describes as "a seamless audio supercut of an entire year of the Grateful Dead tuning their instruments, live on stage. Chronologically sequenced," the site adds, "this remix incorporates every publicly available recording from 1977, examining the divide between audience expectation and performance anxiety."

Perhaps someone will do an academic study of these odd, interstitial moments, to add to the growing body of Grateful Dead scholarship.

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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