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Jerry Garcia’s Letter to a Vogue Model

RRAuctionLogoSome lucky, wealthy fan of The Grateful Dead is about to meet The Grateful letterhead

Per a report by Fine Books magazine, items up for bid at a forthcoming Boston auction include a rare and rather epic letter by Jerry Garcia. The genesis for the letter was an Upper West Side party, where he met a fashion model. The party took place around the time of a series of performances by the band in the fall of 1980 at Radio City Music Hall.

Two years later, Garcia composed the letter in stages, completing it in June on some Hotel Parker Meridien New York letterhead. From the Fine Books article:

“The rarity of this handwritten letter cannot be overstated,” said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president at RR Auction. “Research indicates no others ever being on the market — even Garcia himself noted, ‘This is the first letter I’ve written in years.’”

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Hollywood, Meet the New York Times’ New Culture Editor

Nikki Finke was first on the west coast this morning to some major Grey Lady news: the appointment of Danielle Mattoon as culture editor and Sia Michel as editor for Arts & Leisure. As Finke points out, even though Hollywood does not read the paper nearly as much as it used to, the moves still put Mattoon at the top of the Tinseltown PR pitch-list.

Finke also reminds that this NYT news should have really come out before the Oscars:

Executive editor Jill Abramson‘s announcement today was nearly four weeks late according to her own timetable for naming a new culture editor. Then again, she has a lot on her plate because her publication is beset by financial problems, editorial buyouts, stiff competition, not to mention conservative critics who want to put what they see as the Liberal Paper Of Record out of business.

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Dead Issue: Fader To Honor Jerry Garcia

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Yes, you read that correctly. Fader, the well-regarded music magazine that is known for its indie cred and double covers, is set to publish its third annual “icon” issue honoring a single, influential artist. This year: Jerry Garcia.

If Garcia seems like a weird choice for a magazine that normally spotlights emerging, even fringe-y artists, he is. The issue, hitting stands (and iTunes) next week, includes “as told to” style interviews full of untold stories and reflections on Garcia’s bandmates and friends, including Carolyn “Mountain Girl” Adams Garcia, the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, David Grisman, Ornette Coleman, manager Richard Loren and the Dead’s legendary soundman Dan Healy — all of which sounds like it could be any copy of Relix, ever.

Hart tells Fader: “I remember the end of it. We were sitting in a meeting saying, ‘What are we gonna do?!’ and Jerry drew this snake that was eating its tail. He said ‘This is us. We’re eating ourselves.’”

Perfect.

“There are so many misconceptions and prejudices regarding Jerry and his legacy,” says editor Alex Wagner. “We wanted to dig deep and show our readers that he’s an incredibly relevant and inspiring figure — an honest to goodness rock star who very much deserves his place in the canon of modern music.”

It took a few years, but looks like the Dead are cool again.