Starting on the Day of the Dead (November 1), dead.net, the official website of the Grateful Dead, will kick off 30 DAYS OF DEAD. Every day throughout the entire month of November, the Grateful Dead will post a different live track on that will be free to download for one day only. The band’s archivist Dave Lemieux hand-picked each of the 30 career-spanning tracks from the Dead’s extensive vault. Each free song download will be a high-quality (320 kps) mp3 and nearly all of the 30 tracks are previously unreleased soundboard recordings.
The 30 DAYS OF DEAD celebration honors the spirit of camaraderie exemplified by the tapers who diligently documented the Dead’s concerts and trade them freely with other Dead Heads. Encouraged by the band, this practice of sharing helped foster not only a legion of devoted fans, but also created a unique sense of community that has transcended generations.
Since the majority of the 30 live tracks offered during 30 DAYS OF DEAD are previously unreleased soundboard recordings, both life-long Deadheads and those previously uninitiated to the joys of the band will be sure to enjoy the free tunes. 30 DAYS OF DEAD kicks off with a free download of “New Speedway Boogie,” the studio version of which was included on Workingman’s Dead, one of two iconic Dead albums celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year (American Beauty being the other). This live acoustic/electric hybrid version was recorded… well, that’s for the fans to figure out.
In addition to the free music, 30 DAYS OF DEAD will also include daily and weekly contests. When a new track is posted on dead.net each day at approximately Noon EST, the first person to correctly identify both the complete date (Month, Day, Year) and venue of the performance in the comments section will win their choice of any copy from the Dead’s ongoing Road Trips series.
All fans who post at least one correct answer during each week will be entered into a weekly sweepstakes to win a Grateful Dead prize pack. Some of the titles included in the prize packs will be the recently released Warner Bros. Studio Album Vinyl Box and the Formerly The Warlocks boxed set.
Visit dead.net for more information.