Benefit for the Grateful Dead -1970

BG-222 Poster for the Grateful Dead 1970 Benefit by Randy Tuten. Concerts by Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver, Santana featured a red-cloaked barrister skeleton with ball and chain and an audience of skulls looking on

Randy Tuten


Benefit for the Grateful Dead after Historic Pot Bust, 1970


First printing, lithograph, Near Mint


Framed: 27 5/8" tall x 20 9/16" wide




Close-up of frame


The Dead were known for playing at many benefits. But this time it was a Benefit for them!  On January 31, 1970, the Grateful Dead were busted for drug possession after a gig in New Orleans and so on February 23, just three weeks later, the leading San Francisco bands along with Bill Graham staged a benefit show to raise money for the Dead's legal fees. The bust was immortalized in the song, “Truckin”



“….Sittin' and starin' out of the hotel window.
Got a tip they're gonna kick the door in again
I'd like to get some sleep before I travel,
But if you got a warrant, I guess you're gonna come in.

Busted, down on Bourbon Street, Set up, like a bowlin' pin.
Knocked down, it get's to wearin' thin. They just won't let you be.”



The skeleton barrister, in blood-red jester outfit, bound by ball and chain, looks like he aims to make his point defending the band with his sword, while a legion of skulls look on in the background.

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