Garcia, iconic guitarist and lead singer of the Grateful Dead, died 25 years ago today on Aug. 9, 1995, of a heart attack while he was at Serenity Knolls Treatment Center in California.

He would have given anything, he insisted, to become “just an ordinary guitar player.”, Responding to the worship of his fans, he just shook his head, “I’ll put up with it until they come at me with the cross and nails.”, But he couldn’t avoid beatification even from his own people. He agreed to check himself into a treatment facility, although he was arrested for drug possession not long after, which forced him to attend a drug diversion program, and by 1986 he was completely drug-free.

It was there that the years of touring and drug use became too much, and he suffered from a fatal heart attack on August 9. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site.

The guitarist was no stranger to the reaper. Just before dawn, a counselor looked into his room and found the star lying on top of his bed in sweatpants and T-shirt, “cuddling an apple like it was a baby, with a smile on his face.”, Days later, at his memorial service attended by the greatest musical luminaries, his friend, Bob Dylan (left, on his way to Garcia’s service), spoke for all in his eulogy. “I loved him more than I loved anything,” said his manager, Richard Loren. “I loved him because he was such an almost perfect person.

“The doctors said they’d never seen anybody as sick who wasn’t dead,” he recalled. For details see: http://www.rockandrollbookofthedead.com. His latest title from Citadel/Kensington, "The Rock and Roll Book of the Dead: The Fatal Journeys of Rock’s Seven Immortals," is an in-depth study of the traumatic childhoods, tormented relationships, addictions, and tragic ends of Elvis, Lennon, Janis, Morrison, Hendrix, Cobain, and Garcia. His blood sugar was the second highest the doctors at Marin General had ever seen. His best friend, Paul Speegle, the driver, was killed instantly; Jerry, his passenger, had miraculously survived with only a broken collarbone. Garth Brooks reveals his daughter had tested positive for the coronavirus. In July 1986, an abscessed tooth resulted in an infection. I was idling. Now, with his miraculous 1986 recovery from the diabetic coma, he was a Lazarus. There seemed to be a hex on Dead keyboardists.

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In the summer of 1995, 53-year-old Jerry Garcia, lead guitarist and vocalist for The Grateful Dead, announced he was going to Hawaii.He'd played a concert July 9 in Chicago that was described as "decidedly ragged," as Ultimate Classic Rock reports. Outside the ICU, the corridor was packed with family, friends, managers, reporters. Shutterstock. In the story, Rolling Stone reprinted parts of a 2015 interview with Garcia collaborator, Robert Hunter. Very funny account of this in one of the Garcia books. At the same time, he was applying himself creatively, taking art classes around the Bay Area. Jerry Garcia’s Relationship with Heroin – and other drugs. In 1950, Garcia acquired a five-string banjo. Thanks for visiting PennLive.

For details see: http://www.rockandrollbookofthedead.com. Who knows, but there was a decided darkness to him.

As a teenager, he started popping pills and smoking weed. He’d forget what song he was playing and often simply turn down the volume on his guitar altogether when playing. Throughout their 30-year run, Garcia served as the band’s spiritual center, composing most of their best-known songs with lyricist Robert Hunter, and gaining a reputation for indulging in long, improvised guitar solos.

The band would expand on this impromptu style, collectively riffing on seemingly endless jams that would captivate their fans across the more than 2,000 shows during their career. With the counter-culture in full swing, and its culture of the never-ending party, The Grateful Dead provided the soundtrack. Not long after the formation of the band, his mother drove off a cliff. “I was a changed person,” he said. David Comfort is the author of three popular Simon & Schuster titles, and the recipient of numerous literary awards. Even if her husband survived, she’d been told he might be brain-damaged and unable to walk again. In a way, he was a Buddha.”. “Hey, s— happens,” said Bob Weir. Garcia’s father, Jose Ramon Garcia, drowned while fly fishing in the winter of 1947. The hospital didn’t want anyone to know this, but he died. At last, they surrendered to what they called, “a resignation born of futility.”, By this time, Jerry (pictured right in 1995, two months before his death) was calling fame a “monster” and “soul-eater.” The dragon was the only thing that pulled him off the pedestal and deafened him to the clamor around him. “For him, it was the second time.

And the Hell’s Angels. All I want is one to take me home!” he wailed, bringing tears to the eyes of many. Garcia checked into Betty Ford, then Serenity Knolls, a Bay Area holistic health retreat. He started using drugs long before he started Grateful Dead. When he woke up, he had to relearn how to play the guitar, according to the website. He went to the show with someone in the inner circle (Vince dibiase?) On July 10, 1986, Garcia lapsed into a diabetic coma for five days.

Jerry had been “chasing the dragon” – smoking Persian heroin – since the early ‘80s.

and they promised MG they'd have Jerry home after the first set.

Subscribe to PennLive. His love of music stayed with him, and by the age of 20 he was performing in various bluegrass and folk groups. And without it, what would that music have been?”.

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