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OfflineLearyfan
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Bill Graham drops acid
    #2863357 - 07/07/04 12:56 AM (13 years, 23 days ago)

In the new Blender magazine Bill Graham?s new book is reviewed and the magazine prints it?s opinion of what the best part of the book is. I?ll type it all out for you.........



"I?d never touch anything they gave me. I?d never hug them. Their ladies used to want to kiss me because they had first put a blotter of acid in their mouths. I used to say, "Kiss the back of my hair if you want." It became a big running thing. It got to the point that whenever I brought food from home, I would put wax paper around it and seal it with tape so they couldn?t dose anything. On the job, somebody had to be in control, and I decided that that should be me. In that era, I was going through my 7-UP and Coca-Cola phase, where I would be drinking from a can of soda all day long. What I would do in the dressing room at Filmore West was take garbage bags of ice and fill them up with 7-UP and Coke.

One night they decided to go for it. What they did, unbeknownst to me, was warn all their people "Don?t touch the cans of soda in our dressing room." Then they took hypodermic needles and shot acid through the top of every soda can. I went through the dressing room, took a can of 7-UP and drank it. Twenty minutes later, SNAP! I started feeling weird. I looked in the mirror and all I saw was green and yellow and blue. I looked backstage and I saw Mickey Hart. Mickey was the one.........He was thrilled and I could have killed him. "You sonofabitch", I said. And he said, "We?re going on, Bill. You want to play?" I said "Sure." I was on stage for four hours. Playing the gong.




There is a picture above the article showing Bill sitting on behind the amps playing what looks like a cow bell with a dazed look on his face. Haha.






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Re: Bill Graham drops acid [Re: Learyfan]
    #2863361 - 07/07/04 12:59 AM (13 years, 23 days ago)

omg great! :laugh:
thanks so much leary fan


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Re: Bill Graham drops acid [Re: notapillow]
    #2863461 - 07/07/04 01:48 AM (13 years, 23 days ago)

That's fucking priceless! lol I can just see graham up on stage banging on the gong...man I wish my first tip would have been that cool....anyway we could find out what show that was? I love to get the bootleg for it.


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Re: Bill Graham drops acid [Re: Hooty]
    #2863612 - 07/07/04 02:59 AM (13 years, 23 days ago)

You're welcome notapillow.

Hooty: It doesn't say when that show was. You just see Pigpen playing and Bill Graham sitting behind/on the amps hitting the thing thing.  :shrug:

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Re: Bill Graham drops acid [Re: Learyfan]
    #2863678 - 07/07/04 03:43 AM (13 years, 23 days ago)

who is bill grahm, and why did they dose him without his knowledge, isnt that something youd do some a cruel person


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Re: Bill Graham drops acid [Re: Learyfan]
    #2863693 - 07/07/04 03:53 AM (13 years, 23 days ago)

i did a search for 'Setlist "grateful dead" "bill graham" gong' and got nothing regarding bill playing gong at a show....you would think as many deadheads as there were making tapes and writing up setlists for everyshow with plenty of footnotes that if something as wild as a tripped out bill graham playing gong happened there'd be some record of it......who knows....I'm going to keep looking though, cause that would be a hell of an addition to one's bootleg collection. Was there no mention of the year this all happened even?


Drummers are all fucking crazy.... :lol:


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Re: Bill Graham drops acid [Re: hairs]
    #2863694 - 07/07/04 03:53 AM (13 years, 23 days ago)

Lol, no, not if your the dead.


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Re: Bill Graham drops acid [Re: psikooz]
    #2863715 - 07/07/04 04:05 AM (13 years, 23 days ago)



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Re: Bill Graham drops acid [Re: psikooz]
    #2863723 - 07/07/04 04:08 AM (13 years, 23 days ago)

Hmm, we could figure out what show it was, it was in the city for sure. Fillmore? Winterland? what other venues are in SF?


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Re: Bill Graham drops acid [Re: psikooz]
    #2863727 - 07/07/04 04:10 AM (13 years, 23 days ago)

There?s no guarrantee it was in san fransisco....could have been fillmore east. we could estimate however that the show was around four hours long......



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Re: Bill Graham drops acid [Re: Hooty]
    #2863731 - 07/07/04 04:13 AM (13 years, 23 days ago)

Here's a quote from Mickey Hart off the Bill Graham Foundation site:

"Bill and I were waiters in a club in Atlantic Beach together in the Fifties. I used to jerk sodas downstairs, and he was a waiter upstairs, and we were there for the same reason: Tito Puente. We were both lovers of the Latin music of the Fifties in New York. That's where we started, and it went on form there, and then through the years with the Grateful Dead. He was the chief Deadhead, you know. He was the mambo king, but he also loved the Grateful Dead and that whole scene.

Bill was a ruthless business fellow. He played hardball, and every game was the World Series, but he did things that most people don't know about. He planted trees in Israel for my grandmother. He cosigned on a loan for my first car when me and Bob Weir were hitchhiking to the Fillmore. He financed the seed money for Drumming at the Edge of Magic and Planet Drum, my two books. I asked him to give me some money for this research, which took ten years, and he said, "Why? Why should I give you money for a drum book, of all things?" I said, "Because you love drums, Bill and what else will you do with your fucking money?" So he gave me the money for the drum books."

I bet he did love drums after he was formally aquainted with the wonders of the gong :grin:


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Re: Bill Graham drops acid [Re: hairs]
    #2864919 - 07/07/04 02:34 PM (13 years, 23 days ago)

hairs, it is not nice to dose someone surreptitiously, but it was just a game between he and the Dead.

Hooty: hope you find the set. It would be interesting, i'm sure.




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Re: Bill Graham drops acid [Re: Learyfan]
    #2864928 - 07/07/04 02:36 PM (13 years, 23 days ago)

it would be nice if someone dosed me secretly :tripping:


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Re: Bill Graham drops acid [Re: Learyfan]
    #2864951 - 07/07/04 02:46 PM (13 years, 23 days ago)

That is an awesome story, I've heard a few more also. I should get out some of my books and hunt them down.


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Re: Bill Graham drops acid [Re: Learyfan]
    #2864963 - 07/07/04 02:50 PM (13 years, 23 days ago)

That is awesome Learyfan!  I am going to get that book.  Thanks for sharing! :lol: I saw a few shows with Bill Graham intoducing. :smile:


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Re: Bill Graham drops acid [Re: Phishgrrl]
    #2864985 - 07/07/04 02:57 PM (13 years, 23 days ago)

Oh yeah? When was that?






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Re: Bill Graham drops acid [Re: Phishgrrl]
    #2864991 - 07/07/04 02:59 PM (13 years, 23 days ago)

Who is Bill Graham? When I read this topic I was thinking of Billy Graham.... rofl...


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Re: Bill Graham drops acid [Re: Society]
    #2865006 - 07/07/04 03:03 PM (13 years, 23 days ago)

lol yeah i was thinking wtf the preacher guys does acid?

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Re: Bill Graham drops acid [Re: Vulture]
    #2865018 - 07/07/04 03:09 PM (13 years, 23 days ago)

Dead head who don't know Bill Graham?????


tsk.. tsk...


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Re: Bill Graham drops acid [Re: Learyfan]
    #2865023 - 07/07/04 03:10 PM (13 years, 23 days ago)

between 90-92.  :smile:  He was such a great asset to Humanity! :smile:


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