RIP Owsley “Bear” Stanley
March 27, 2011, 4:35 pm
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Owsley Stanley pictured with Jerry Garcia

While this news is over a week old at this point I thought it was necessary to pay tributeĀ  to the creative force of Owsley “Bear” Stanely who died on March 13th. The man who provided massive quantities of LSD to the Dead and the rest of San Francisco in the 60’s, Stanley was also responsible for engineering the Wall of Sound and for designing many of the Dead’s logos including the skull and lighting bolt which appeared on the cover of Steal Your Face.

The Wall of Sound in all its glory.

Stanley was also responsible for some of the early live recordings of the Grateful Dead. As their sound engineer he recorded the shows in order to be able to listen back to them and make improvements on the next show’s sonic quality. However some of these recordings went on to be the first and best live shows the band released as records. However many more of Stanely’s recordings have yet to be released.

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Never understood the skull/bolt logo until I ate too many shrooms. And thereafter really didn’t understand it wholly until I read The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Bear, in pace requiescat.

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