Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Massive Haul of Grateful Dead Memorabilia Donated to UC Santa Cruz:
Wow, Grateful Dead Heaven is set to happen with 30 years worth of correspondence, business records, merchandise and memorabilia being donated to University of California Santa Cruz.
Items include including stage backdrops, a large "Blues for Allah" stained-glass artwork, life-size skeletons of the band members for the 1987 "Touch of Grey" video.
Much of this is donated by Eileen Law, who started working for the band in 1972, in charge of the fan club, Dead Heads and continued for 34 years.
They sent in letters, postcards, Christmas cards, gifts and handmade artwork. And Law, who worked for the band for the next 34 years, saved everything.
"I was just the person that never shredded," says Law . "It started off in my little closet and it kept growing and growing, and now it fills up a warehouse."
The collection contains many historic documents, including band's first recording contract, with Warner Bros. minutes from band's weekly meetings.
Image: Courtesy Warner Bros