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David Lennox Concert Recordings:

A Guide to His Collection at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881

March 8, 2006

Profile Description

Creation: EAD v. 1.0 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Casey P. Cater, March 8, 2006.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Lennox, David
Title:David Lennox concert recordings collection
Dates: 1968-2001
Quantity: 9 linear ft. (in 18 boxes)
Identification: M203

Organization of the Collection

Organized into 2 series:Series I: Grateful Dead Shows.Series II: Various Artists' Shows.

Scope and Content of the Collection

The David Lennox Collection consists of approximately 250 VHS cassettes (predominantly audio recordings), with nearly 200 of the cassettes containing live Grateful Dead music ranging from 1968 to 1995. 12 cassettes list shows titled "Deadhead Hour," (or Grateful Dead Hour) which is a weekly radio broadcast carried by nearly 90 stations nationwide. The Deadhead Hour features excerpts of live performances and studio cuts, and occasional interviews with band members. The remainder of the cassettes contain a collection of performances by various popular music artists recorded from television programs, radio programs, or live concerts.

Historical Background

David Lennox

For over 26 years, David Lennox collected live Grateful Dead concert recordings, garnering over 1000 hours of Grateful Dead music on nearly 200 VHS cassettes. Differing sharply from many other bands, the Grateful Dead encouraged fans to record their shows and share those recordings with other Grateful Dead fans--as long as no profit was made as a result of the sharing.

Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead was an American psychedelia-influenced rock band formed in 1965 in San Francisco. The band was known for its unique and eclectic song writing style--which fused elements of rock, folk music, bluegrass, blues, country, and jazz--and for live performances of long modal jams. The Grateful Dead's career began under the name "The Warlocks" in Palo Alto, California, which was formed from the remnants of a Palo Alto jug band called "Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions." But as another band was already recording under the "Warlocks" name, the band had to change its name in order to get a recording contract. After meeting their new manager Rock Scully, they moved to the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco. Many bands from this area, such as Jefferson Airplane and Santana, went on to national fame, giving San Francisco an image as a center for the hippie counterculture of the era. Of these bands, the Grateful Dead had members with arguably the highest level of musicianship, including banjo and guitar player Jerry Garcia, blues musician Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, the classically trained Phil Lesh and drummer Bill Kreutzmann.

Following Garcia's death in 1995, the remaining members formally decided to disband. Though some of them occasionally toured through the late 1990s under the name "The Other Ones," they mainly chose to pursue various solo projects, most notably Bob Weir's Ratdog and Phil Lesh and Friends. The remaining members occasionally got together under the pseudonym Crusader Rabbit Stealth Band during the late 1990s, infrequently playing unannounced shows. The mid-2002 fall tour of The Other Ones was so successful that the band decided the name was no longer appropriate. On February 14, 2003, they renamed themselves The Dead, reflecting the abbreviated form of the band name that fans had long used and keeping "Grateful" retired out of respect for Garcia.

Source:, accessed on March 23, 2006.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Baez, Joan, 1941-
Dylan, Bob, 1941-
Garcia, Jerry, 1942-1995
Gravenites, Nick
Grisman, David
Hart, Mickey, 1943-
Hunter, Robert, 1941-
Kahn, John, 1947-1996
Kreutzmann, Bill
Lesh, Phil, 1940-
Marley, Bob, 1945-1981
McKernan, Ron "Pigpen"
Santana, Carlos,1947-
Weir, Bob, 1947-
Allman Brothers (Musical group)
Grateful Dead (Musical group)
Hot Tuna (Musical group)
Jerry Garcia Band (Musical group)
Phil Lesh and Friends (Musical group)
Rock concerts -- United States
Rock music -- 1961-2000 -- Sound recordings
Cow Palace (Calif.)
Matrix Coffeehouse (Calif.)
Old Renaissance Fair Ground (Or.)
Orpheum Theater (Calif.)
Red Rocks Amphitheater (Colo.)
The Catalyst (Calif.)


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Administrative Information


[after identification of item(s)], David Lennox concert recordings collection, M203, Popular Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

Acquisition Information

David Lennox, 2005

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