What a time to be a dead fan. With last week's announcement that AMC renewed "The Walking Dead" and Monday being Halloween, well, it seemed a good time to check in with the most high of all things dead: the Grateful Dead.
Sure, it hasn't been the same since Jerry Garcia died in 1995. But Dead and Dead-related products and music keep truckin'. Take, for example:
The band's popular "Road Trips" series of two-track concert recordings may be ending, but the group announced a new, limited- edition archival series, "Dave's Picks." The quarterly releases will start shipping in February with the group's complete May 25, 1977, concert from The Mosque in Richmond, Va. The series is curated by Dead archivist Dave Lemieux, and you can subscribe now at Dead.net.
When you think Dead, do you think Corporate America? Well, there's this: "Everything I Know About Business I Learned from the Grateful Dead: The Ten Most Innovative Lessons From a Long, Strange Trip," which hits booksellers on Wednesday (Business Plus, $25). Business professor Barry Barnes reveals some of the lessons learned from the band, including giving away content to increase demand for product and founding a merchandising section.
Furthur, featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, plays Madison Square Garden on Nov. 10 ($39.50-$69.50, ticketmaster .com). For Deadheads, it might be the closest thing to the original. And that's saying a lot.