eleanor pontikes probes the folk origins of jerry garcia.
Professor Kramer’s comments:
“Me, play rock and roll?” Jerry Garcia exclaims at the start the song “Trouble in Mind,” sung in a duet with future songwriting partner Robert Hunter in 1961, “It’ll never happen.” Famous last words from this folkie who, of course, became the guitarist for the Grateful Dead. In her project, Eleanor Pontikes explores the continuities and changes of Garcia’s shift from folk revival purist to rock music icon. Using a podcast to present musical examples she draws upon existing scholarship and a rich body of recordings to investigate this musical journey and its context.
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