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May 31, 2017

Rare and Amazing Jerry Garcia's Prom Pics Surface, Include the Earliest Picture of Garcia Playing His First Electric Guitar

A series of rare photographs date from 1959 or 1960 that show a teenaged Jerry Garcia surfaced on the internet. The images include Jerry’s prom photos and what is thought to be the earliest photo of Garcia playing an electric guitar.

According to Dangerous Minds, Garcia never graduated from high school—as he told Jann Wenner and Charles Reich of Rolling Stone in 1972, “I went to a high school for about a year, did really badly, finally quit and joined the Army.”

Garcia also told of his first electric guitar in the interview, which object Garcia is pictured playing in one of the pictures:

“I go down to the pawn shops on Market Street and Third Street and wander around the record stores, the music stores and look at the electric guitars and my mouth’s watering. God, I want that so bad! And on my 15th birthday my mother gave me an accordion. I looked at this accordion and I said, “God, I don’t want this accordion, I want an electric guitar.”

So we took it down to a pawn shop and I got this little Danelectro, an electric guitar with a tiny little amplifier and man, I was just in heaven. Everything! I stopped everything I was doing at the time.”

On May 27 ‎John Simpson‎ posted the interesting pictures on the I Love The Grateful Dead! Facebook group. He wrote: “A friend whose father was close childhood friends with Jerry had these personal pics. They’ve never been shared publically to my knowledge. But I received a copy and a ‘feel free to share.’ Enjoy!”

(via Dangerous Minds)



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