PhilDiamond wrote: I am pro-soft dr*gs. Cannab&s and PsycAdelics.
Interesting that acid & shrooms get thrown into the mix of soft drugs. I can totally see cannibas. But the impact psychadelics have on your mind put them out of the soft camp to me. Non-addictive, true and maybe that is what you use to gauge, don't know. But interestingly enough my experience with coke would put that in a soft camp for me. Used to do it less frequently than I drank, the impact was only a couple hours, never did anything I wouldn't normally do, didn't see things that weren't there, didn't hear things that weren't there, didn't space out to moooosh. Ahh, but that's a whole nother topic
PhilDiamond wrote: For those who don't know...The Dead were built upon Jerry's love for music and Ken Kesey's vision of FUN(PsycAdelics) The Ac&d tests created the dead pretty much. If it werent for the tests...The Dead would've faded by 1970. IMO....anyway.
Now this one is interesting. I can totally see why you'd say that but at the same time I'll disagree. From all that I've read, the old school heads that I know who were around at the time, from the tapes I have, from the DVDs, CD,etc I see a very different story.......
Sure the GD received alot of popularity from the acid test and evolving into their house band but you say the GD were "built" by that and I counter by saying they were already built.
As far as Jerry being the reason again I'd say I can see why you'd say it but again disagree. Pig was the leader both on and off stage for much of the early days. He was a true front-man with charisma, he had contacts, he had experience. He sang a good portion of tunes and had the band playing a tone of R&B and blues that the GD became popular for back then...
Now flash-forward a bit and think of the later 60s. Here we see a Mr. Tom Constanten come into the picture and take the GD from a rockin' R&B/blues/folk band with some trippy shit to a full out psychedlic band who rocked and r&b'd.
Jerry was a fabulous player and played a HUGE role in the success of the GD but let's not re-write history here. Pig was the original band lead and got them off the ground and TC brought them into musical psychedlia.
Now, here's the rub. Neither Pig nor TC were into acid. From all I've read and conversations I've had Pig dabbled a few times but preferred liquor and drugs were against TC's spiritual beliefs and he felt like an outsider by the band for not doing it.
So to say that acid had this huge roll I'd respectfully disagree. The man that really fronted the GD in the early years wasn't all that down with it and the one who took them into the direction we all came to love was against it.