Buzz Poole

The Grateful Dead's Workingman's Dead 33 1/3

Released 05/18/17 Label Bloomsbury Genre 33 1/3 Books Cat no. 9781628929249


Released in 1970, Workingman's Dead was the breakthrough album for the Grateful Dead, a cold-water-shock departure from the Acid Test madness of the late '60s. It was the band's most commercially and critically successful release to date. More importantly, these songs established the blueprint for how the Dead would maintain and build upon a community held together by the core motivation of rejecting the status quo - the "straight life" - in order to live and work on their own terms.