Warlocks in 1965
Warlocks in 1965Herb Greene
Warlocks in 1965
Photo of Grateful Dead & Warlocks
Jerry Garcia posing with banjo in front of American Flag, 1966.
In 1967, from left: Lesh, Garcia, Kreutzmann, Weir and Ron “Pigpen” McKernan
Music File Photos - The 1970s - by Chris Walter
Jerry Garcia, Joan Baez and Mickey Hart
Bob Dylan and The Dead
Warlocks in 1965
Herb Greene
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7 Pictures That Show the Grateful Dead's Evolution Over the Years

Jun 12, 2015

When the Grateful Dead played their first gig in 1965, they weren't even the Grateful Dead. They were the Warlocks. The group's long, strange trip from those early days to the top of the jam band mountain is chronicled in the new LIFE special edition The Grateful Dead: 50 Years Along the Golden Road.

Many of the images are by Herb Greene, who was with the band from the beginning. "San Francisco was such a great place then—you could do the whole city back then," he told LIFE Books of his early days with the band that would become the Dead. "You didn't need any money, there were two-dollar restaurants. There was an availability of the kind of culture we were looking for."

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LIFE’s special edition The Grateful Dead: 50 Years Along the Golden Road is available in stores and online June 12, 2015.

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