January 12, 1970
The N. C. Essay
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The Grateful dead Live At The
FiVlmore East, Jan. 2, 1970,
The Dead: Jerry Garcia (lead
guitar & vocals), Bob Weir
(rhythm guitar & vocals), Phil Lesh
(bass & vocals), Bill Kreutzman (Per
cussion) , Mickey Hart (percussion),
Tom Constanten (keyboard), Pigpen
(congas & vocals), Owsley (good vibes)
It was nearly midnight and the
line already wrapped around the
Fillmore. We moved slowly, the chill
biting our bodies, but feeling the
intense high vibrations in the air.
We were waiting for the Dead.
Inside, seated, and Cold Blood
on first. Big Band (horns), fuzz-
tone guitar aplenty, a chick singer
who digs Joplin. Not much, except
loud. Lighthouse next. Skip Prokop's
mighty mini-orchestra (complete with
string section). Last saw them at
Atlantic City where they were just
starting, nervous and untogether.
Much better now, with more direction
and self-confidence. Eight Miles
High and Beatle riff (Hey Jude/Give
Peaoe A Chanoe) left croxvd cheering.
But we're still waiting for the Dead.
Zarasthustra (Theme from 2001)
ends as the lights come up from a
frosty blue to a glare and...
Country songs start off the set.
Easy ridin' stuff, Garcia smiling
out from behind his wire-rimmed
beard. Already, impatience colors
the crowd; ST. STEPHEN! "LOVELIGHT!"
"GET IT ON, MAN!" "GOD BLESS THE
Garcia starts a run on his guitar
but it isn't happening. Weir prods
him, Lesh pushes, but Jerry can't
get it. Lesh, a stoned midnight cow
boy, retreats in frustration and
sits on his amp. We're still waiting
for the Dead.
Pigpen does Good Lovin’ and the
rush begins. The song socks the
Fillmore for two minutes, like a
quick, hit. Given a taste, we want
more. We want the Dead.
Jerry starts again. Still slow
in coming, but the energy is start
ing to bathe us. Weir follows Garcia,
blending, going out in front, coming
back, his runs teasing Jerry. Weir
turns to Lesh and pulls him into
the flow. Jerry finds something he
likes and works it out; Weir and
Lesh feed him. The rest of the
The tempo slows and changes.
The lights are back to eerie blue.
Distant, angry feedback growls from
the stage, Garcia plugged into his
guitar. The sound is pure, primi
tive. Ice-blue lights flood our
faces, illuminate the Dead ghostly
white. We're standing at the edge
of eternity, in a new time, in a
(Cont. on page 4)
President Nixon took evident
satisfaction last week in asking
Congress to let the National Founda
tion on the Arts and Humanities spend
$40 million in the next fiscal year.
That would be nearly double the pre
The request *'might seem extrav
agant," the President said, but "ex
pression of the American idea has a
compelling claim on our resources."
Assistants said the message gave a
clue to the priorities he would like
to set for federal spending in the
Before Americans preen themselves
on the civilized quality of a govern
ment willing to double its spending
for the arts, they might consider a
comparative figure or two.
The British government has also
just announced its budgetary plans
for the arts in the next fiscal year.
It will spend $48 million - or rather
more than the United States, a country
with ten times the gross national
product. Speyiding on the arts claims
.1 per cent of the British govern
ment budget; the Nixon proposal would
be about .02 per cent of the U.S.
The comparison assumes that Con
gress will actually approve the
amount suggested by the President,
and that is an unlikely assumption.
It is easier to get $54 million out
of the House of Representatives for
the Taiwan air force than a dime
for a modern theater company.
The trouble is that plays and
books, and sometimes even dance and
music, involve ideas. Therein lies
the danger that Hermann Goering must
have had in mind in that remark
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(Com. from page I)
the lottery list. But a number of
the draft officials, including
those from New York City, Pennsyl
vania, Alabama and Ohio, speculated
that they will probably draft those
men who drew numbers as high as
250 or 300.
"We'll be getting down into
the 200's for sure and maybe into
the 300's, "Maj. William Sanjemino,
deputy director of the New York
City office reported last week.
"A rough check of our boards
has indicated that some may have to
go up to 250 before the first half
of the year is up," said Maj. Norbert
Ferrety of Pennsylvania.
The reports from the state
draft headquarters confirmed earlier
statements by spokesmen for
Selective Service in Washington,
D.C. that " no one should think that
he is safe" in the recent lottery.
The spokesman in the Washington
office estimated two weeks ago that
attributed to him: "When I hear
anyone talk of culture, I reach for
Britain's parliamentary system
has many faults, but it certainly does
work better in terms of providing
funds for the arts. The restraint
of British Legislators in the fact
of artistic obstreperousness is
As a group, members of Parlia
ment may be somewhat more even-tem
pered than congressmen, and they
certainly have a better understand
ing of the idea of artistic inde
pendence. But there is also a
structural reason for the easier
working of subsidies for the arts.
It is that the government of the day
dominates parliament, and no in
dividual member can turn his
prejudices into dictates.
The Chancellor of the
Exchequer decides how much money
is going to the arts, and then the
Arts Council - a publicly appointed
but quite independent body - allots
it. There is very little chance of
Parliament influencing those
decisions and none of a single cranky
member upsetting them.
Of course, federal funds are
only a marginal aspect of support
for the arts in the United States.
Private gifts and foundation grants
are the basic source. Nevertheless,
the willingness and the ability of
the federal government to act in
this field are significant.
For the United States government
to show itself sensitive to beauty
or creativity has a profound import,
at least abroad. An American
World's Fair building that speaks
with delicacy and humor rather
than hard-selling force makes an
impression; so does an American
play looking caustically at American
society. So, in the opposit way,
does the unwillingness of the great
United States to spend $30,000 a
year to keep its London embassy library
many draft boards across the country
may have to induct draft-eligible men
who fared well in the lottery.
In recent weeks, the White House
and the Pentagon have insisted that
only those men who drew numbers in the
top third of the lottery would most
certainly face induction. Those men
who drew spots in the middle third
would stand an even chance, they said.
And those who drew dates in the lower
third would be virtually free from
But according to Selective
Service officials in Washington and
at the state headquarters the White
House predictions will most probably
not apply at many local boards.