‘Relix’ Reveals Jerry Garcia’s 80th Birthday Commemorative Issue

Relix Magazine detailed an 80-page commemorative issue dedicated to celebrating the life and legacy of Jerry Garciathe late guitarist and vocalist of Grateful Deadwho would have turned 80 on August 1, 2022.

The magazine, which got its start as a fan publication on the Dead Tour in the 1970s, expanded its reach dramatically over the following decades. It now covers a variety of artists from the jam band scene and beyond. For this special issue, however, the magazine returns to its Grateful roots with a variety of Jerry-related stories and personal tributes from friends, family, collaborators, and more. The issue also features previously unseen and rarely seen photographs of Garcia and the Grateful Dead.

In the issue, the filmmaker Justin KreutzmannGrateful Dead drummer’s son Bill Kreutzmann, talks about making a documentary about Garcia, who was his first film mentor. “Cadillac” Ron Racow, one of the original members of the Grateful Dead management team, shares his take on the late guitarist. Longtime band member Melvin seals shares his thoughts on performing Garcia’s music with Colorado Symphony with conductor input Scott O’Neil and guitarist Tom Hamiltonwhich also explores Jerry’s music as a member of Joe Russo is almost dead. Artist Stanley Mouse and tabla master Zakir Hussain also look back over 50 years to add their own unique impressions of the legacy of the dead.

Trixie Garcia, Jerry’s daughter, also reflects on her father’s 80th birthday and his continued legacy in the issue. “To imagine [Jerry] as an 80-year-old man, I think he would always have that magic in his eyes, that inspired look on his face,” she says. “He would always be looking for those things that turn him on.”

Other artists covered in the issue include CAAMP, SLOW MOTION, Kendall Street Company, magic beansand Blu DeTigeras well as spotlights on live music staples like Kenny Connections, black pumasAdrian Quesada, Anais Mitchell, Marcus King, Maren Morris, Michael Franti, Dawesand more.

Those who buy the Relix The Jerry Garcia 80th Anniversary Commemorative Issue will also receive a t-shirt featuring Ron Racow’s never-before-seen photograph of Garcia from the cover. Anyone subscribed to Relix from August 9, 2022 will receive this issue as part of their regular subscription. The issue and t-shirt can also be purchased online at Relix Marketplace. Subscribe here.

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