Garcia, Jerry

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Garcia, Jerry Gender: M
Jerome John Garcia
born on 1 August 1942 at 12:05 (= 12:05 PM )
Place San Francisco, California, 37n47, 122w25
Timezone PWT h7w (is war time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 08°53' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 13°46 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 19°12'


American musician and popular leader of the top rock group "The Grateful Dead." Together since the mid-'60s, the group had an incredible following and Garcia is a cult figure with popularity approaching worship by many "Deadheads." Their 28 albums never quite captured the concert experience. In their three decades of performances they improvised and reinvented their material so thoroughly that no tune ever sounded quite the same way twice.

When Jerry's dad died by drowning in 1947, the five-year old boy and his brother, Tiff, were raised by his mom's parents in a working-class neighborhood in San Francisco. An under-achiever in school, he loved music and pot. He got his first electric guitar when he was 15 and by 1959, he dropped out of school and joined the army to get away from his family. After nine months and a dishonorable discharge due to too many AWOLs, he grew a goatee and started hanging around the folk-music scene in Palo Alto.

There he met Robert Hunter, who was to be the Dead's lyricist and his collaborator on some songs, and they performed Kingston Trio songs in the coffeehouse circuit in the early '50s. He formed "The Wildwood Boys," then "Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions." This group evolved into "The Warlocks in July 1965. After they began playing at Kesey's Acid Tests, free-form parties at which guests and band alike dropped large doses of LSD-25, they changed their name to "The Grateful Dead" in June 1966. They began opening up their music far beyond conventional song forms in somewhat the way Coltrane had done five years earlier. Garcia's extraordinary lead guitar solos would go on and on, he'd play a phrase, repeat it, alter it, worry it like a cat with a mouse, his guitar the lead voice in the interactive ensemble. They concentrated on live performances before winning their first record contract.

Garcia also recorded outside of the "Dead" with "The New Riders of the Purple Sage," "Old and in the Way," and solo gigs.

He married Deborah Koons. His drugs, booze and partying were legendary. While he was in a drug rehab center in Novato, CA, near San Francisco, Garcia died of a heart attack on 8/09/1995 and was found by a counselor at 4:23 AM.

Not known as a writer, he nonetheless wrote a short book, amply illustrated, that was a personal memoirs of his childhood, "Harrington Street," published after his death.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Death of Father 1947 (Dad drowned)
  • Social : Joined group 1959 (Army to avoid family)
  • Work : Begin Major Project July 1965 (Formed the "Warlocks")
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  • Social : Joined group June 1966 (Formed "The Grateful Dead")
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  • Crime : Arrest 31 January 1970 at 03:30 AM in New Orleans (Arrested with 18 other members of the Grateful Dead entourage for drugs possession)
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  • Death of Significant person 8 March 1973 in Corte Madera (Ron "Pigpen"McKernan)
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  • Death by Heart Attack 9 August 1995 at 04:23 AM in Novato (Age 53 plus one week)
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Source Notes

B.C. in hand from Aaron Fischer


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (Heavy, died while in rehab)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Heavy, died while in rehab)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Age five when dad drowned)
  • Family : Childhood : Parent, Single or Step (Raised by grandparents)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Deborah Koons)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Grateful Dead)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Guitar)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Dishonorable discharge)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Published posthumously)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection