The Grateful Dead was a versatile rock band that brought a psychedelic change to the culture of the 1960s. Early on, the band members played a new style of music that embraced improvisation, especially the song “Dark Star” which was never played the same way twice. The Dead fused rock and roll with the psychedelic experience, an experience that was often accompanied by drug use. The band found great success into the 1990s with a loyal following of fans called “dead heads,” but drug addiction and death kept it from persisting as a stable force. Once leader Jerry Garcia died in 1995 the band dissolved and its members now continue on solo with their unique and psychedelic style.
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