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Nike and Grateful Dead - in partnership?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Deeve, Jul 16, 2020.

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    Geez...I understand that the worker bees need to make a buck, but have a little class.
    At least you can laugh at the GD cookies.
     
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    It just gets worse and worser.
     
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    The bible warned us this would happen towards the End...
     
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    I got this Jerry Garcia tie a long time ago. I'm not sure if the company still exists. Yes, it was that Jerry Garcia. Designed by the man himself.
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    The Grateful Dead as a band who made music worth listening to basically ended in the early 80s with some exceptions to that...

    The grateful dead as a commercial enterprise has been around since the late 60s and was at its most pathetic the last 5 years of his life. Some truly wretched shows/performances .

    Because their live shows were the most important product/the only product that really mattered? And they failed to deliver night after night

    I don’t care about merch . There’s always a numbskull for any piece of crap on the market.

    Especially at this point in the game when the band itself hasnt existed for 25 years
     
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    Weir refers to the current monstrosity as Dead Co. I’ve been calling it Mayer and Company. Recently, I just refer to it as slow.
     
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    I have one of those that’s a red color, it’s actually one of my favorite ties
     
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    Geez...there's a whole lotta hatin' goin' on here. I'm a fan, love the music.
     
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    I have a couple of those ties...TJ Maxx buys!
     
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    Pigpen's last show was my first. I love the music. Not the merch
     
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    Sloth rock. I love Bobby and almost anything he does and think Mayer is fine but the tempos...:rolleyes::confused:

    I’m a massive dead fan. But it’s not hard to be critical of shows they did in 1993 vs ones in ‘69, ‘70, ‘71, ‘72, ‘77, etc.

    Like I said , I don’t care about the mousepads or glass coffee mugs or hats. Bonamassa is an active artist and sells way more embarrassing crap than that
     
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    I don't know about the Nikes, but a band not selling some kind of merch these days is pretty unusual.

    The Dead managed to put together a huge touring enterprise, working harder than all but a few bands, and for far longer than most -- and all without hit songs or even much airplay. And they kinda spread the good fortune. The organization was not what you would call streamlined, and dozens of people were on the payroll in some fashion at any given time. They came up with numerous side businesses over the years, and after Jerry died, it remained important to try to keep supporting people in some way. Not that common when a band disbands. I'm sure not everybody was happy with how it went, but the effort was there.

    The purist in me can be critical of the marketing and capitalism of it all, but I'm both impressed and pleased that they kept things going and took care of people as much as they did.
     
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    This doesn’t surprise me in the least. The Dead has always been a highly commercial enterprise. They’ve licensed everything over the years from lighters, to t shirts, to dishes and mugs, car and motorcycle parts, to all manner of clothing including underwear and pajamas. If you can think of product that’s been sold, it’s either available with a Dead logo on it, or it was at one time. The sheer amount of crap I’ve purchased in my life with a bear or a stealie on it would sink a river barge. Not because I seek the stuff out, but if it’s a plain something or a Dead something, I’ll usually grab the Dead one.

    It’s never bothered me that they are so commercialized. At all. Fans tend to attach emotional attributes to their favorite bands that really aren’t there. And they tend to do it much more so with the Dead. But anybody who’s ever played music for a living knows that no matter how much you play for the love of it, if you can find a way to maximize profit you’re usually gonna take it.

    I think it’s kinda cool that I can get a Stealie collar for my doggo and a lightning bolt derby cover for my bike. Why not?
     
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    Music is a business. I admire those who can capitalize on it.
     
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    I like the tee shirts better than 99% of their music but damn the shoes are fugly!!
     
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    I want a pair of the orange low tops with green trim.

    I think I’ll go listen to Europe ‘72.
     
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