Student Showcase: Jammin’ with Jerry

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.

Eleanor Pontikes, “Jammin’ with Jerry” Podcast.

Work Cited:

Bar-Lev, A. (Director). (2017). Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead[Television series].

Dodd, D. (2007, June 16). The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics. Retrieved May 05, 2019, from

Dodd, D. (2014, November 20). Grateful Dead Greatest Stories Ever Told – “Casey Jones”. Retrieved May 10, 2019, from

Greenfield, R. (2009). Dark star: An oral biography of Jerry Garcia. New York: It Books.

Jackson, B. (2000). Garcia: An American life. New York: Penguin Books.

Marin Independent Journal. (2017, February 11). Grateful Dead’s former publicist reflects on years with Marin’s most famous band. Retrieved May 10, 2019, from

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