Sunday, August 9, 2009
On this day in 1995 Jerry Garcia, lead guitarist and eminence grise of The Grateful Dead, died of heart failure. He was 53. 25,000 Deadheads attended a celebration of his life in Golden Gate Park. In November 1995 an asteroid was named after him. Jerry Garcia appears six times in A Book of Ages. He once said: “It's pretty clear now that what looked like it might have been some kind of counterculture is, in reality, just the plain old chaos of undifferentiated weirdness.” All these years later, Cherry Garcia is still the favorite flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.