Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tuesday August 14, 2007 - Eli Polonsky

(R) = By Request

01. Quicksilver Messenger Service - Who Do You Love medley

Birthday tribute to David Crosby - Born 8/14/41
02. The Byrds - The Airport Song
03. The Byrds - What's Happening?!?! (R)
04. Yes - I See You (McGuinn-Crosby, Byrds cover)
05. The Byrds - Mind Gardens (R)
06. The Byrds - Triad (R)
07. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Almost Cut My Hair (R)
08. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Long Time Gone (live) (R)
09. Crosby, Stills & Nash - In My Dreams (R)
10. Jefferson Airplane - Wooden Ships (Kantner/Stills/Crosby) (R)
11. David Crosby - Laughing

This season marks the 50th anniversary of the writing of Lowell, MA native Jack Kerouac's "beat" classic "On The Road", one of the books of the era which had an early influence on the '60s "counterculture" and was especially significant to Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead.

Kerouac's character Dean Moriarty was modeled after "beat" and "Merry Prankster" icon Neal Cassady, who became part of the Dead's circle with Ken Kesey's "Merry Pranksters" in the Acid Test days, and had even lived with members of the Dead including Bob Weir, who wrote two songs about him.

Longtime Grateful Dead historian, biographer, agent and publicist Dennis McNally studied Kerouac and wrote about him in his book "Desolate Angel" just prior to getting involved with the Dead, and very soon acknowledged the connections bridging the two.

Bob Weir & Ratdog played at Boarding House Park, a small outdoor venue in Lowell MA, because it's adjacent to the Boott Cotton Mills Museum where the original manuscripts of Kerouacs "On The Road" are on display through Sept. 14.

The concert Sunday began with a speaking appearance by McNally and Weir, where he tells his memories of the one-of-a-kind Cassady, and how he came to write "(That's It For) The Other One" about him on the very night that he passed away.

12. Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) - Cassidy (sic) (from "Ace", 1972)
13. Bob Weir/Dennis McNally excerpt of talk about Cassady (8-12-07, Lowell, MA)
14. Bob Weir & Ratdog - That's It For The Other One (8-12-07, Lowell, MA) with a reading from "On The Road" by Dennis McNally

15. Hot Tuna - Highway Song

That's it! Larry Miller will be on next Tuesday, and I'll be back here on the 28'th with guest Jimmy Carl Black of The Mothers Of Invention!
Thanks for listening,
Eli Polonsky


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