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    Raising the Dead in Brooklyn

    Grateful Dead 1970

    November 11, 1970, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. I just turned 18, free and alive, pursuing any adventure that came my way, when I heard about the Grateful Dead playing in the adjoining neighborhood of Borough Park. It was Alison Steele, The Nightbird of WNEW, New York’s progressive rock station, that set me on this journey. In her breathy sexy voice that elicited untold erotic fantasies from high school boys throughout New York, she implored the faithful to descend on the 46th street rock palace, or Bananafish Garden as it was also known, to catch the Grateful Dead.