Secrets Facts From Jerry Garcia’s Life
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To this day, Jerry Garcia remains one of the most well-known and revered American recording artists of the 20th century. After forming the Grateful Dead in 1965, his group immediately spread the psychedelic music scene. They were one of the most influential bands of the counterculture movement of the 1960s after performing at Woodstock. Sadly, he died, age 53, in 1995, with a life surrounded by so much drama and controversy. Below are some of the secret facts from Grateful Dead’s astounding lyricist/guitarist.
- During his early years, he suffered from asthma attacks. When Garcia’s asthma occurred, it could be extremely frightening for the entire family.
- The four-fingered handprint of Garcia’s right hand is one of the most recognizable Apart from being an incredible band, Grateful Dead was also known for its stoned background. In the 1960s, Garcia was pretty much a fan of LSD, so people started calling him “Captain Trips.” However, after Dead, Garcia pretty much disassociated himself with the moniker.
- features of the singer. Deadheads know that Garcia’s middle finger is noticeably shorter than the others because he lost part of it as a child. When he and his brother Clifford went to chop wood, the latter accidentally amputated the young boy’s finger.
- The year was 1968, and the counterculture movement was at its height, and candidate Richard Nixon used Jerry Garcia along with a few hippies in a campaign ad. Although he was shown only for a split second, it is possible to recognize him.
- It might come as quite a surprise, but Garcia served in the United States Army in the 1960s, at the outset of the Vietnam conflict.
- Before Grateful Dead, Garcia was a successful bluegrass artist and is often considered one of the “greatest banjo players ever,” according to his close friends.
- Jerry Garcia’s close friend Paul Speegle died at the age of 19. Such an event gave the singer one of the most tragic and heartbreaking moments in his life. After that, his life was changed forever.
- Jerry Garcia’s father, Joe Garcia, drowned when he was just 5 years old in an experience that would haunt him for the rest of his life. When the musician’s father was fishing, he said he saw his father drown in front of his very eyes. Jerry watched from the shore as his father was dragged under the water by a wave. Even as a 5-year-old boy, Garcia was profoundly changed by the experience.
- Toward the start of the 1980s, Jerry Garcia’s drug use began to escalate. His band members, Grateful Dead, went to his place and had a heartfelt talk with him there. They threatened him with expulsion if he didn’t stop using drugs or quit playing in the band altogether. Garcia made his choice and picked the Dead. They took him to rehab right away, and he promptly signed up for treatment.
- By the late 1980s, Jerry Garcia had established himself as a successful artist and fashion entrepreneur. Apart from that, he was also widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 1970s and 1980s.
- There were a total of four marriages and numerous other relationships for Jerry Garcia during his lifetime and had fathered several children. He had lived the life of a rock star to the fullest.