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Ron “Pigpen” McKernan’s lifelong devotion to drinking wasn’t the cause of his medical issues – chalk those up to a genetic disease. But no matter how he tried, Pig couldn’t kick the illness, he couldn’t repair the damage that had been done. He played music, followed his diet, and hoped against all hope that something would turn around. But nothing ever really did. He could never quite get up that hill. And just as Pig had slowly departed from the Dead, he was now slowly departing from the world. Sources: A Long Strange Trip: The Inside Story of the Grateful Dead, by Dennis McNally Living with The Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead, by Rock Scully with David Dalton Searching for the Sound, by Phil Lesh The Grateful Dead FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History, by Tony Sclafani This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, by Blair Jackson and David Gans Death Don't Have No Mercy: Pigpen, Ten Years Gone (Relix) Pigpen Forever: The Life and Times of Ron McKernan, by Blair Jackson Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Phil Lesh reflect on bandmate Pigpen (Marin Independent Journal) Grateful Dead Guide: Pigpen Solo (Dead Essays) Greatest Stories Ever Told - "Stella Blue" (Dead.net) Unsolicited Endorsement: Wake of the Flood by the Grateful Dead (Triad City Beat) Jerry Garcia’s final show (YouTube) So Many Roads: Remembering Jerry Garcia's Last Grateful Dead Show (Classic Rockers) Listen to Grateful Dead perform 'Box of Rain' as their final encore before Jerry Garcia's death (Far Out) "It was the tour from hell": Inside the Grateful Dead's last shows, and Jerry Garcia's final days (Salon) Bruce Hornsby Looks Back on Jerry Garcia's Last Days: 'I Miss Him So Much' (Rolling Stone) A Grateful Dead Analysis: The relationship between concert and listening behavior (First Monday) Grateful Dead Guide: Pigpen Solo (Dead Essays) For behind the scenes info and news on this episode, follow: Instagram: @DoubleElvis @Disgracelandpod  Twitter: @DoubleElvisFm @Disgracelandpod Tik Tok: @Disgracelandpod Pinterest: @doubleelvisfm  Facebook: Double Elvis Productions Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and many more musical icons all died at the age of 27. Scandalous, tortured, dramatic, and incredibly talented, these artists torched a wild path to their early graves and shifted and shaped our culture along the way. 27 Club tells their stories. 27 Club is hosted and created by Jake Brennan, host and creator of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND. 27 Club is not a journalistic podcast. It is an entertainment podcast inspired by true events. For more shows like 27 Club, check out www.doubleelvis.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Against doctor’s orders, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan hit the road one more time with the Grateful Dead. The band’s 1972 tour of Europe is legendary. But at the time, Pigpen was just trying to stay above ground. You could hear it in his voice when he took the mic onstage. Close your eyes and his voice was a window into the past. But listen closer, and you’d hear something else. Something you couldn’t quite put your finger on. A distance. Some pain. Truth was, Pigpen was on borrowed time. Sources: A Long Strange Trip: The Inside Story of the Grateful Dead, by Dennis McNally Living with The Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead, by Rock Scully with David Dalton Searching for the Sound, by Phil Lesh The Grateful Dead FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History, by Tony Sclafani This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, by Blair Jackson and David Gans Grateful Dead live at Chateau D’Herouville, France, 6/6/1971 (YouTube) Château d'Hérouville: The Castle Studio Where Bowie, Elton, and Pink Floyd Recorded (Reverb) June 21, 1971: Herouville, France (Dead Sources) Grateful Dead at the The Honky Chateau (06-21-71) (Holiday at the Sea) Grateful Dead live at the Fillmore East, 4/28/1971 April 1972: Weir & Pigpen Interview (Dead Sources) Donna Jean Godchaux interview (YouTube) The Lasting Impact, and Sudden Death, of the Grateful Dead's Keith Godchaux (Ultimate Classic Rock) Enter Keith Godchaux (Dead.net) Donna Jean MacKay 3/28/98 (Levity) Grateful Dead live at the Boston Music Hall, 12/2/1971 April 1972: Weir & Pigpen Interview (Dead Sources) Grateful Dead live at the Hollywood Bowl, 6/17/1972 Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions - Top of the Tangent (1964) (The Savage Saints) For behind the scenes info and news on this episode, follow: Instagram: @DoubleElvis @Disgracelandpod  Twitter: @DoubleElvisFm @Disgracelandpod Tik Tok: @Disgracelandpod Pinterest: @doubleelvisfm  Facebook: Double Elvis Productions Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and many more musical icons all died at the age of 27. Scandalous, tortured, dramatic, and incredibly talented, these artists torched a wild path to their early graves and shifted and shaped our culture along the way. 27 Club tells their stories. 27 Club is hosted and created by Jake Brennan, host and creator of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND. 27 Club is not a journalistic podcast. It is an entertainment podcast inspired by true events. For more shows like 27 Club, check out www.doubleelvis.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A dark cloud of death hung over the Grateful Dead as they went into the studio to make what is arguably their masterpiece, American Beauty. Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones…they were all gone. All dead at the age of 27. But time didn’t stop. Time marched on. The cold hands of death could close in on any of them. But who? When would they go? And how would they go? Sources: A Long Strange Trip: The Inside Story of the Grateful Dead, by Dennis McNally Living with The Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead, by Rock Scully with David Dalton Searching for the Sound, by Phil Lesh The Grateful Dead FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History, by Tony Sclafani This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, by Blair Jackson and David Gans Euphoria Ballroom - July 16, 1970 (Dead.net) The Story Behind the Song: The burden lifted by Grateful Dead's 'Box of Rain' (Far Out) Grateful Dead live at Winterland, 10/4/1970 The Story of the Grateful Dead 'American Beauty'  (Classic Album Sundays) 50 Years Later; Grateful Dead's American Beauty (Open Chord Music) How Grateful Dead Rose Above Hard Times on 'American Beauty' (Ultimate Classic Rock) October 1970: Jerry Garcia Interview (Dead Sources) Pigpen Solo Projects 1969, 1971, 1973 (Why?) (Lost Live Dead) “Operator” take 5 Greatest Stories Ever Told - "Operator" (Dead.net) Janis Joplin Remembered After Her Death (Rolling Stone) The Day Grateful Dead's Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan Died (Ultimate Classic Rock) Ron "Pigpen" McKernan Dies | World History Project (World History Project) For behind the scenes info and news on this episode, follow: Instagram: @DoubleElvis @Disgracelandpod  Twitter: @DoubleElvisFm @Disgracelandpod Tik Tok: @Disgracelandpod Pinterest: @doubleelvisfm  Facebook: Double Elvis Productions Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and many more musical icons all died at the age of 27. Scandalous, tortured, dramatic, and incredibly talented, these artists torched a wild path to their early graves and shifted and shaped our culture along the way. 27 Club tells their stories. 27 Club is hosted and created by Jake Brennan, host and creator of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND. 27 Club is not a journalistic podcast. It is an entertainment podcast inspired by true events. For more shows like 27 Club, check out www.doubleelvis.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Busted down on Bourbon Street. Fleeced by a member of the family. Plastered on a runaway train barreling through the Canadian countryside. As the Grateful Dead faced a number of new challenges and detours, their music moved steadily ahead on solid footing – evidenced by the back-to-basics songs that made up Workingman’s Dead, their best album in years. Sources: A Long Strange Trip: The Inside Story of the Grateful Dead, by Dennis McNally Living with The Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead, by Rock Scully with David Dalton Searching for the Sound, by Phil Lesh The Grateful Dead FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History, by Tony Sclafani This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, by Blair Jackson and David Gans The Grateful Dead Were "Busted Down On Bourbon Street," On This Day In 1970 (Live for Live Music) Jerry Garcia on the NOLA bust (YouTube) Pigpen Forever: The Life and Times of Ron McKernan, by Blair Jackson January 30, 1970: New Orleans Bust & Benefit (Dead Sources) Grateful Dead live at the Fillmore East, 5/15/1970 How 1970's 'Workingman's Dead' Changed the Grateful Dead Forever (Guitar World) 50 Years Ago: Grateful Dead Kick Up Dust on 'Workingman's Dead' (Ultimate Classic Rock) Workingman's Dead (The Grateful Dead Wiki) Lenny Hart Arrested (Dead.net) How 'Workingman's Dead' And 'American Beauty' Marked A Turning Point For The Grateful Dead 50 Years Ago (Forbes) Train kept a rollin': a brief history of the (in)famous 1970 Festival Express (RETROactive) 1970: The Saga of the Festival Express (Mind Smoke Records) June/July 1970: The Festival Express (Dead Sources) Brian Jones: Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stone) FLASHBACK: BRIAN JONES LEAVES THE ROLLING STONES (Nights with Alice Cooper) Life, by Keith Richards For behind the scenes info and news on this episode, follow: Instagram: @DoubleElvis @Disgracelandpod  Twitter: @DoubleElvisFm @Disgracelandpod Tik Tok: @Disgracelandpod Pinterest: @doubleelvisfm  Facebook: Double Elvis Productions Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and many more musical icons all died at the age of 27. Scandalous, tortured, dramatic, and incredibly talented, these artists torched a wild path to their early graves and shifted and shaped our culture along the way. 27 Club tells their stories. 27 Club is hosted and created by Jake Brennan, host and creator of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND. 27 Club is not a journalistic podcast. It is an entertainment podcast inspired by true events. For more shows like 27 Club, check out www.doubleelvis.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Though Ron “Pigpen” McKernan continued to feel like he was being pushed out of the Grateful Dead’s creative circle, he could still make an impression. Just ask Led Zeppelin, who got an up-close and personal look at Pig’s .22-caliber pistol. The fear that they felt standing next to what seemed like, to them, to be an American cowboy in the flesh was dwarfed months later…by the fear and violence that ran rampant at the Altamont Speedway. This episode contains content that may be disturbing to some listeners and includes graphic depictions of violence. Sources: A Long Strange Trip: The Inside Story of the Grateful Dead, by Dennis McNally Living with The Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead, by Rock Scully with David Dalton Searching for the Sound, by Phil Lesh The Grateful Dead FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History, by Tony Sclafani This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, by Blair Jackson and David Gans Inside Herb Greene’s Led Zeppelin Photos (YouTube) The Dead vs. Led Zeppelin (Dead Essays) Pigpen Look Alike Contest (Part Two) (Dead.net) No Woodstock: Grateful Dead's role in infamous Altamont concert (East Bay Times) Good Old Grateful Dead (Rolling Stone) Pigpen Solo Projects 1969, 1971, 1973 (Why?) (Live Lost Dead) December 21, 1967: Owsley Bust (Dead Sources) Grateful Dead – 1969 Sealed 1st Pressing AOXOMOXOA, With Original Mix (Record Mecca) Death, debris in Altamont concert wake (UPI Archives) Altamont At 50: The Disastrous Concert That Brought The '60s To A Crashing Halt (Forbes) The Manson Family murders and Helter Skelter, explained (Vox) Manson Family Murders Fast Facts (CNN) Leno And Rosemary LaBianca: The Couple Brutally Murdered By The Manson Family (All That’s Interesting) Who Were Manson Family Victims Leno And Rosemary LaBianca? (Oxygen) For behind the scenes info and news on this episode, follow: Instagram: @DoubleElvis @Disgracelandpod  Twitter: @DoubleElvisFm @Disgracelandpod Tik Tok: @Disgracelandpod Pinterest: @doubleelvisfm  Facebook: Double Elvis Productions Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and many more musical icons all died at the age of 27. Scandalous, tortured, dramatic, and incredibly talented, these artists torched a wild path to their early graves and shifted and shaped our culture along the way. 27 Club tells their stories. 27 Club is hosted and created by Jake Brennan, host and creator of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND. 27 Club is not a journalistic podcast. It is an entertainment podcast inspired by true events. For more shows like 27 Club, check out www.doubleelvis.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
As Haight-Ashbury devolved from a counterculture mecca to a commodified tourist haven, and the Grateful Dead searched for the perfect sound to complement their continued evolution, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan found that his musical contributions were becoming obsolete. It wasn't long before he had to face the fact that the he was finally losing control of the group he had created. Sources: A Long Strange Trip: The Inside Story of the Grateful Dead, by Dennis McNally Living with The Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead, by Rock Scully with David Dalton Searching for the Sound, by Phil Lesh The Grateful Dead FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History, by Tony Sclafani This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, by Blair Jackson and David Gans Grateful Dead Close Down Haight Street For Free Concert, On This Day In 1968 (Live for Live Music) Jerry Garcia 1967 interview Haight-Ashbury “Hippie Hop” bus Grateful Dead: Anthem of the Sun and American Beauty (Classic Albums) 1967: Grateful Dead visit the Warnecke Ranch (Chalkhill Residency) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0iULSnZUkg Grateful Dead's 'Anthem of the Sun': 10 Things You Didn't Know (Rolling Stone) The 1967 letter from a record executive that said The Grateful Dead had "many problems" (Far Out) Internet Archive Forums: 1968 - The Firing (part I) Grateful Dead Guide: 1968 - The Firing (Dead Essays) The moment when The Grateful Dead dosed the 'Playboy After Dark' crew (Far Out) For behind the scenes info and news on this episode, follow: Instagram: @DoubleElvis @Disgracelandpod  Twitter: @DoubleElvisFm @Disgracelandpod Tik Tok: @Disgracelandpod Pinterest: @doubleelvisfm  Facebook: Double Elvis Productions Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and many more musical icons all died at the age of 27. Scandalous, tortured, dramatic, and incredibly talented, these artists torched a wild path to their early graves and shifted and shaped our culture along the way. 27 Club tells their stories. 27 Club is hosted and created by Jake Brennan, host and creator of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND. 27 Club is not a journalistic podcast. It is an entertainment podcast inspired by true events. For more shows like 27 Club, check out www.doubleelvis.com.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
As the Grateful Dead’s star continued to rise, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan felt he would rather be a dark star, invisible to the world. But he couldn’t hide. Not from the throngs of fans. And not from the San Francisco Police Department. Maybe they saw Pig’s leather vest and cowboy hat and figured he was an outlaw. Or maybe they just wanted to outlaw his type and the whole freaky scene along with him. And they tried to do just that in the fall of 1967, as the sun set on the Summer of Love and the Dead waited like sitting ducks at their house at 710 Ashbury Street. Sources: A Long Strange Trip: The Inside Story of the Grateful Dead, by Dennis McNally Living with The Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead, by Rock Scully with David Dalton Searching for the Sound, by Phil Lesh The Grateful Dead FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History, by Tony Sclafani This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, by Blair Jackson and David Gans Why the Grateful Dead's Debut Was So Hastily Recorded (Ultimate Classic Rock) Joe Smith Digital Collection (Library of Congress) RCA's Studio B, 6363 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA (Jerry’s Brokedown Palaces) Joe Smith Ran Record Labels and Signed the Grateful Dead (Wall Street Journal) Grateful Dead first record contract (Julien’s) The Grateful Dead: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Album Review (Pitchfork) That Time Joe Smith Sent the Grateful Dead a Letter Complaining About Their Work Ethic (Rolling Stone) Grateful Dead Guide: The Very Short Tale of Golden Road (Dead Essays) Joe Smith obituary (The Guardian) Brian Jones at Monterey Pop (YouTube) Monterey Pop Festival – 40 Years Ago (YouTube) Opinion | The Greatest Music Festival in History (NY Times) Anatomy of a Love Festival - Part Two (Criterion) Today in 1967: Otis Redding at the Monterey Pop Festival (Rhino) The Grateful Dead Did Get It: Reporters and Cops (Rolling Stone) Big Event: Grateful Dead and '67 Ashbury drug bust (SF Gate) Grateful Dead 1967 Ashbury Street bust (YouTube) Grateful Dead Pot Bust 1967 (SF Chronicle) 50 years later, Grateful Dead’s drug bust looks much different (SF Chronicle) Grateful Dead press conference, October 1967 (KPIX) For behind the scenes info and news on this episode, follow: Instagram: @DoubleElvis @Disgracelandpod  Twitter: @DoubleElvisFm @Disgracelandpod Tik Tok: @Disgracelandpod Pinterest: @doubleelvisfm  Facebook: Double Elvis Productions Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and many more musical icons all died at the age of 27. Scandalous, tortured, dramatic, and incredibly talented, these artists torched a wild path to their early graves and shifted and shaped our culture along the way. 27 Club tells their stories. 27 Club is hosted and created by Jake Brennan, host and creator of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND. 27 Club is not a journalistic podcast. It is an entertainment podcast inspired by true events. For more shows like 27 Club, check out www.doubleelvis.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan wonders if he's the only person not tripping inside a warehouse in the burned-out Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, where the Grateful Dead are soundtracking yet another acid test. He further wonders if he's the only one who recognizes the gravity of the situation when the LAPD burst in. Later, he falls hard for a likeminded blues lover who turns on her lovelight. But not before he falls into a pit of despair when he is unknowingly dosed and embarks on a trip from which he may never return. Sources: A Long Strange Trip: The Inside Story of the Grateful Dead, by Dennis McNally Living with The Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead, by Rock Scully with David Dalton Searching for the Sound, by Phil Lesh This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, by Blair Jackson and David Gans Grateful Dead 1966 “Viola Lee Blues” rehearsals Owsley Stanley: The King of LSD (Rolling Stone) Watts Rebellion (History.com) Grateful Dead Guide: Viola Lee Blues (Dead Essays) Fleeing marijuana possession charges, Ken Kesey successfully hid from the FBI … in Marijuana City, Mexico (Muckrock) Wavy Gravy interview 1 Wavy Gravy interview 2 Watts Acid Test - 2/12/66 (Truckin’ with the Dead) The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” & “The Fugitive” Summary and Analysis (GradeSaver) Grateful Dead Guide: Pigpen Solo (Dead Essays) Grateful Dead live at Youth Opportunities Center 1966 Unearthed Grateful Dead pool party photos debut at North Bay museum exhibition (SF Chronicle) For behind the scenes info and news on this episode, follow: Instagram: @DoubleElvis @Disgracelandpod  Twitter: @DoubleElvisFm @Disgracelandpod Tik Tok: @Disgracelandpod Pinterest: @doubleelvisfm  Facebook: Double Elvis Productions Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and many more musical icons all died at the age of 27. Scandalous, tortured, dramatic, and incredibly talented, these artists torched a wild path to their early graves and shifted and shaped our culture along the way. 27 Club tells their stories. 27 Club is hosted and created by Jake Brennan, host and creator of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND. 27 Club is not a journalistic podcast. It is an entertainment podcast inspired by true events. For more shows like 27 Club, check out www.doubleelvis.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan could already feel his influence in the band waning from early on. Even back when the Grateful Dead were still known as the Warlocks. Whereas Pig subsisted on raw power fueled by alcohol and blues music, the rest of the members of the band were functioning on a completely different level. They listened to music, talked literature, and explored the cosmos...while loaded to the gills on LSD. Pig did not partake. He found himself not just playing in a band, but navigating a world of merry pranksters, acid tests, and long, strange trips. Sources: A Long Strange Trip: The Inside Story of the Grateful Dead, by Dennis McNally Garcia: An American Life, by Blair Jackson Searching for the Sound, by Phil Lesh The Grateful Dead FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History, by Tony Sclafani Drugs and the 'Beats': The Role of Drugs in the Lives and Writings of Kerouac, Burroughs and Ginsberg by John Long Living with The Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead, by Rock Scully with David Dalton Jerry Garcia & Sandy Rothman travel down south (Woodstock Records) High Flying Bird – Jerry Garcia Jerry Garcia interview Kepler's Books 60th Anniversary (Metro Silicon Valley) Grateful Dead Guide: Pigpen Solo (Dead Essays) Flashback: LSD Creator Albert Hofmann Drops Acid for the First Time (Rolling Stone) 'Apparently Useless': The Accidental Discovery of LSD (The Atlantic) What a Trip (Stanford Magazine) Ken Kesey & The Merry Pranksters (University of Virginia) A brief history of psychedelic psychiatry (The Guardian) Ken Kesey On Misconceptions Of Counterculture (NPR) “We Were Alive and Life Was Us.” How Ken Kesey Created LSD Subculture (Lithub) Ken Kesey's First LSD Trip Animated (Open Culture) Therapeutic Use of LSD in Psychiatry: A Systematic Review of Randomized-Controlled Clinical Trials (Frontiers) Did the CIA's Experiments With Psychedelic Drugs Unwittingly Create the Grateful Dead? (Collectors Weekly) Doors of Perception: How Aldous Huxley Brought LSD Therapy to His Readers (Psychedelic Times) Inside the 1950s LSD Therapy That Changed Cary Grant's Life (Vulture) Ken Kesey and Jerry Garcia on the Tom Snyder Show, 1981 The CIA's Secret Quest For Mind Control: Torture, LSD And A 'Poisoner In Chief' (NPR) What a Long Strange Trip — LSD and the Grateful Dead (Medium) How the Warlocks Passed the Acid Tests (Relix) For behind the scenes info and news on this episode, follow: Instagram: @DoubleElvis @Disgracelandpod  Twitter: @DoubleElvisFm @Disgracelandpod Tik Tok: @Disgracelandpod Pinterest: @doubleelvisfm  Facebook: Double Elvis Productions Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and many more musical icons all died at the age of 27. Scandalous, tortured, dramatic, and incredibly talented, these artists torched a wild path to their early graves and shifted and shaped our culture along the way. 27 Club tells their stories. 27 Club is hosted and created by Jake Brennan, host and creator of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND. 27 Club is not a journalistic podcast. It is an entertainment podcast inspired by true events. For more shows like 27 Club, check out www.doubleelvis.com.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan was the primary figure and driving force at the core of the Grateful Dead's origin story. He was an old soul, a digger of deep moods, a devotee of biker chic, and a tireless student of the blues. His devotion to classic Americana kept the band grounded even when they found themselves lost in experimental improvisation. But as the Dead evolved and became more famous, Pigpen became more of an outlier. While the rest of the band dropped acid, he drank Thunderbird. While they looked to the future for a new strain of American music, he looked back to the past. And by the time he died in 1973 at the age of 27, the band that Pigpen had started all those years ago no longer had room for him. Sources: A Long Strange Trip: The Inside Story of the Grateful Dead, by Dennis McNally Searching for the Sound, by Phil Lesh This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, by Blair Jackson and David Gans The Grateful Dead FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History, by Tony Sclafani San Francisco Blues, by Jack Kerouac 5 Logistical Woodstock Nightmares We Can Learn From (Prevue Meetings) The Grateful Dead at Woodstock 1969 (Bethel Woods) Debunking Woodstock: What really happened? (Today) The Grateful Dead (Woodstock Wiki) The Dead At Woodstock (Dead Essays) Grateful Dead at Woodstock (YouTube) Owsley Stanley Interview (KPFA) Grateful Dead Guide: Pigpen Solo (Dead Essays) White people, blues music and the problem of cultural appropriation (Medium) 'Pigpen' McKernan Dead at 27 (Rolling Stone) Jerry's Brokendown Palaces: Dana Morgan's Music Store Bob Weir on meeting Jerry Garcia (Vimeo) The Grateful Dead: Making the Scene in Palo Alto (Palo Alto History) Live at Top of the Tangent Fact-checking the Life and Death of Bluesman Robert Johnson (Mother Jones) The Sad Story Of Robert Johnson (Radio Facts) Robert Johnson: Murder or Bad Whiskey? (Criminal Element) David “Honeyboy” Edwards on Robert Johnson and Mississippi Delta Blues (Chicago Magazine) Robert Johnson: Unlock the guitar mysteries of the Delta blues great (Guitar World) The Not-So-Mysterious Missing Grave of Blues Legend Robert Johnson (Atlas Obscura) Greatest Stories Ever Told - "Easy Wind" (Dead.net) For behind the scenes info and news on this episode, follow: Instagram: @DoubleElvis @Disgracelandpod  Twitter: @DoubleElvisFm @Disgracelandpod Tik Tok: @Disgracelandpod Pinterest: @doubleelvisfm  Facebook: Double Elvis Productions Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and many more musical icons all died at the age of 27. Scandalous, tortured, dramatic, and incredibly talented, these artists torched a wild path to their early graves and shifted and shaped our culture along the way. 27 Club tells their stories. 27 Club is hosted and created by Jake Brennan, host and creator of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND. 27 Club is not a journalistic podcast. It is an entertainment podcast inspired by true events. For more shows like 27 Club, check out www.doubleelvis.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Get ready for Season 5 of the 27 Club to take the strange and not-so-long trip of Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, a founding member of the Grateful Dead. Pigpen wasn't just a member of the Dead. He was the Dead. But just like Brian Jones in the Rolling Stones or Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd, Pigpen felt his role in the Grateful Dead shrink as the rest of the band members expanded their minds and their sound. The story of Pigpen is about a major musical and cultural shift that took place as the 1960s gave way to the 1970s. It’s a story of acid tests and bottles of Thunderbird, of angels from hell and a nine-fingered wizard, of busts down on Bourbon Street and shakedowns in the Haight…and of the man who tried to pull his band back down to earth as they continued to get pulled higher into the cosmos. It's a story that ends tragically...at the age of 27. The 27 Club is hosted by Jake Brennan, creator and host of the award-winning Disgraceland podcast, and produced by iHeartRadio and Double Elvis. Season 5, all about Ron "Pigpen" McKernan and the Grateful Dead, launches Thursday, June 9, 2022. For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When Amy Winehouse died on July 23, 2011 at the age of 27, the world mourned. For many, the grim reality was far from surprising. What was surprising, however, was what happened next. Sordid stories were told about her last night that contradicted the accepted narrative. An autopsy was called into question. And years down the line, there was a contested attempt to bring not just her music but her likeness back to life.For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Five years had passed since her last album. Her ex-husband was facing jail time for burglary. But Amy Winehouse chose to focus on the positive. She may not have been entirely sober, but she was no longer using. She had found a new person to love, and one who loved her. And then...the bottom dropped out.For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
One of Amy Winehouse’s final collaborators was Tony Bennett, who, unbeknownst to her, had his own stories to tell about struggling with addiction and fear. But no one, not even Tony Bennett, could help Amy Winehouse. A concert in Serbia became a new low point. Hallucinations and paranoia turned reality into a nightmare. And there wasn’t one tabloid, blog, or social media platform that wasn’t there to capture it all – every last slip-up and wrong turn.For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amy Winehouse wasn’t sure exactly what she was getting into when she accepted a £1million offer to play a private show for an anonymous Russian oligarch. Even more concerning was the uncertainty that lay ahead. After she squandered an opportunity to collaborate with a living legend and tried to burn the bridge of one of her most steadfast musical partners, Amy faced a crossroads. The two paths were clear. One was brightly lit; the other was dark. The choice was surprisingly difficult.For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amy Winehouse gravitated towards trouble like a moth to a flame. She hung out with the libertines of London’s seedy society, which regularly left her life in shambles. A multi-day drug binge left her on death’s door. She left decorum at the front door when a holiday trip to the theatre turned violent. Yet despite all this, she still managed to give the people the one thing they were never expecting – hope that it would all turn around soon.For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When Amy Winehouse first met with producer Mark Ronson, their candid conversation would become a musical legend. That fateful meeting led to a career-defining song, a critically acclaimed album, and a creative vision that would cement her place in the pop pantheon. It gave her confidence to wage a war against the people who were hurting her the most – and win. But that momentum would prove no match for the steady stream of challenges, from old habits to hurricanes, that refused to disappear.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners and includes descriptions of an eating disorder.For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amy Winehouse made music that sounded like alchemy, thanks in large part to collaborators like producer Salaam Remi. Alchemy was something that became increasingly absent from Amy’s time outside the studio; in its place were lurking paparazzi, incessant boos, cases of Jack Daniels, and a life-sized gallery sculpture that predicted the worst.For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
There were two sides to Amy Winehouse. One side was triumphant. The other side was a disaster. Two consecutive appearances at the Glastonbury Festival made that crystal clear; one presented Amy at her best, and the other presented her at her lowest. But no matter which side she found herself on, she pulled no punches. She even threw some punches of her own.For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amy Winehouse didn’t compromise her sound for anyone. She had her creative vision under control. Meanwhile, her personal life spiraled out of control. She ran for her life down a dark London street following an unhinged and violent domestic dispute. Her money was offered up in an extortion deal to prevent her husband from doing time for the assault of an innocent man. And in 2007, London police made their maiden raid of her Camden flat – and were shocked by what they found inside.For more info on the 27 Club and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double Elvis on Twitter and Instagram.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including domestic violence and descriptions of self-harm. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Lena Fisher

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May 16th
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April All Year

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Dec 6th
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Jul 21st
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Dee Smith

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Apr 22nd
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Chuck Norris

love the flow of this podcast, it's incredible.

Nov 3rd
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nme

well done! the grit of the time & industry are well portrayed..i really enjoyed the show.

Aug 12th
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Tessa S

Wait did he just say “overwrought psychedelic Sinatraisms?” This is the best podcast EVER.

Aug 11th
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Karen Thomas

Jimbo should have gotten a vasectomy.

Aug 6th
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M Morr

not happy about the sexual content in adds. unpleasing and I cannot recommend this to anyone when the adds are talking about sexual performance. off putting and a Downer. is that the best advertiser you could come up with. sexual performance. lame and stupid.

Jun 29th
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M Morr

this is good. will you venture past artist that did not pass away @27? would be interested bin that too.

May 15th
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Ryan J Harris

Can’t wait for Jim Morrison! When is that starting!!?

Apr 24th
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nme

nice nod to the great Hunter S., great episode..well, well done Sir!

Apr 22nd
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Bryan Ruiz

awesome Jake. Hey you said you were going to do one about Selena I'm from corpus christi her hometown can't wait for that one

Apr 20th
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Perigrine77

Best episode yet with the best rock voice ever Jake Brenner

Mar 5th
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Perigrine77

I’m gonna say that this is the best podcast by far THE BEST Jake Brenner has done. Awesomely done brotha

Feb 28th
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Perigrine77

GET DOWN BROTHA!!! Jake Brennan you make us hate the wait for the the next cast. Good stuff

Feb 14th
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Mark Maitland

Sounds awesome! Can’t wait to listen.

Feb 8th
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Alack Roberts

holy fuck that ad with that british dude is TERRIBLE! nobody wants to hear an ad where you're being screamed at.

Jan 31st
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