Monday, September 28, 2009


Deadhead ‘Bible’ Saves Fans

ORLANDO, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – When Grateful Dead icon Jerry Garcia died, fans turned to their Bible.

For 22 years Toni Brown ran Relix magazine, a Bible among Deadheads profiled in Relix, The Book: The Grateful Dead Experience (Backbeat), out this October.

Relix was the original social network for cult-like Dead fanatics, who shared the same lifestyle, musical tastes, and political views.

When frontman Jerry Garcia died in 1995, Brown says the music mag consoled Deadheads.

She dealt with grief-stricken fans for years, who’d send in letters and artwork expressing their sorrow.

To this day, she still cries when looking through old submissions because, “Jerry was a beacon of light.”

Brown says Relix proved the intellectual, loyal, and passionate side of Deadheads, who really know their band trivia and are “more than just drug addict hippies.”

She says devoted Deadheads knew every set list of every concert and freaked out the time she forgot to feature a rare show where bassist Phil Lesh sang.

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