The Garcia interview was conducted by record producer Joe Smith for his book Off The Record: An Oral History Of Popular Music, and dates back to May 22, 1988. The conversation snippet here traces the Grateful Dead’s origin as the Warlocks and recalls the band’s live participation in the famed Acid Test parties. You can listen to the full interview via the Library of Congress.
“When we fell in with the Acid Tests we a started having the most fun we had ever had,” Garcia says.
Throughout the nearly six-minute clip, you can hear the Grateful Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower,” “Cream Puff War,” “Golden Road,” and “Friend of the Devil.”
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