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Sir Francis Bacon and the Grateful Dead


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Way to go Rob!! Grate Graphic!!

Of course Jerry Garcia's  "Shakespeare" was his lyricist,  Songwriter Hall of Famer  : Robert Hunter.


scroll down and HEAR a short audio excerpt during a break from a radio interview where Garcia mentions what he requested for  lunch



Garcia's humor reminds me of  the famous quote by Bacon  :

" Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few are to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.”

 I got to meet Garcia  on four different occasions throughout the decades. The last time was August '94 at the Ritz Carleton Hotel in NYC overlooking Central Park. I came prepared to give Jerry some printed excerpts from Alfred  Dodd's "Francis Bacon's Personal Life Story."  He just got up to leave  the bar with his youngest daughter, Kaelin, when I approached him with the Dodd material. I briefly told him what it was and he said he looses things on the road and it was best if I mailed it to him which meant the Grateful Dead office in San Raphael, CA.   My mind went back and forth if I should.  I decided to mail it out to him.  A few months go by and  my friend taper Todd, gave me a cassette tape that had this interview with Jerry and the mandolin player, David Grisman.  Apparently Todd did not know that there is this moment  toward the end of the recording where you hear Garcia mention what he wanted for lunch :  A Shakespeare  First Folio !  I had to play it back a few times as I thought I was well, hallucinating!   I don't know if Garcia ever  got to read the Dodd material but he was well read and had a large appetite for  all knowledge.  Indeed, What a long strange trip it's been. And lastly :

Check out the Grateful Bacon Acrostic


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