Sunday, August 8, 2010

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Jerry Garcia At The Playboy Mansion, 1969

Last Sunday, August 1, was the birthday of Grateful Dead lead guitarist Jerry Garcia, who would have been 68 years old. We'll continue the commemoration with the clip above, which takes place at the Playboy Mansion in January 1969. In a strange cultural juxtaposition, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, attired in a tuxedo, starts off conversing with the poncho-clad Garcia about the Haight Ashbury scene. Garcia then performs an acoustic rendition of the fanciful Mountains of the Moon, joined by band mates Tom Constanten, keyboard; Bob Weir, rhythm guitar, and Bill Kreutzman, percussion.

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