Footage: The Grateful Dead in ’67 – Dancing in the Street

by Peter Wendel
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TheDead1967 SongMango.comHere’s a glimpse at the epicenter of the 1960′s counterculture movement – the people, the diversity, the disparity, the abandon, the tension, the liberation, the music, the clothes, the sunglasses, the facial hair (check Phil’s Fu-Manchu and Bill’s shockingly clean shave). All that packaged up in a 4-minute flashback of footage (see below) that seems to capture the vibe of the time and place (though born in San Jose, I was only 13 months old at the time and, unfortunately, couldn’t scrape together the bus fare).

Behold The Grateful Dead on April 9, 1967, cutting loose in the Panhandle, a park in San Francisco adjacent to the more widely recognized Golden Gate Park. Jerry works his red Guild Starfire, a hollow-body guitar that he first used with The Warlocks. The band plays “Dancing In The Street” – a cover of the 1964 Motown classic written by William “Mickey” Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter, and yes, the incomparable Marvin Gaye.

As far as the setlist goes, the DeadBase says simply: “started at third floor flat, Haight Street.” Gotta love it.

Another very special thanks to voodoonola for posting this video on YouTube.

April 9, 1967 – Panhandle, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Peter Wendel is a journalist and PR consultant. He's attended hundreds of concerts and festivals, including the Peach, Mountain Jam, the All Good and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden (MA). Peter is a former U.S. Marine who – after running into trouble with every last one of his commanding officers – received an honorable discharge and a direct order never to return. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Peter lived in Boston and Joshua Tree (CA) before settling in the nation's capital. Find him on tour at