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The Grateful Dead’s ‘Sunshine Daydream’ finally sees light of day

The Grateful Dead played their last show on July 9, 1995, at Chicago’s Soldier Field. A month later Jerry Garcia was felled by a heart attack, and the band, which formed in 1965 and had a history of concerts ranging in quality from crackerjack tightness to sloppy discord, ceased to be.

In the annals of Dead Head-dom, their 1969 performance at Woodstock was considered among their worst, and one at MIT’s Kresge Plaza the following May one of their best. But a show they did on Aug. 27, 1972, at the Old Renaissance Faire Grounds in Veneta, Ore., a benefit for the nearby Springfield Creamery, has long been the stuff of legend.

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