The following comments were offered by our respondents. They are followed
by John's answers in italics, where appropriate.
YOUR BOOKS & EFFORTS ARE GREAT & INVALUABLE THANK YOU FROM THE
BOTTOM OF MY HEART... NOW IF YOU'D ONLY RELEASE SOMETHING FOR THE MAC...PLEASE...PLEASE...PLEASE
* Nice Website!! I have enjoyed it immensely and await further development
anxiously! * Will DB X be the last? Or will you cruise along as tapes
come outta the vault? - There may be DeadBase XI and others, depending
on new material, possible new features, and public interest. We will keep
you posted of our plans through our The Future page. * Thank
you. * I have DB VI and plan to purchase DB X. I would like to see
this fine piece of research continue, maybe as electronic media (CD ROM)
to incorporate hypertext, i.e. 6-26-74, Civic Center, Providence, RI. Clicking
on the date would link you to concert reviews and guest artists. One would
get venue info by clicking on Civic center, the set list would have links
attached with each song (# of times played, last time played, lyrics to
that song). Finally, a tapes in circulation listing ( DAT & analog)
with tape reviews. With an ongoing internet homepage (such as this one),
downloadable updating could be possible. Also, maybe some sound bites (as
Official GD Homepage does in the merchandise section. Maybe a photo section
and quick-time movies? I think there would be a market for this, and please,
please include a Mac version! - Bob - a) We have had one company express
interest in helping us develop a CD-ROM version, but have not heard from
them of late. It does seem like a natural extension, and the features suggested
are obvious possibilities. b) The Tape Timings section is intended to function
as an intensive Tapes in Circulation feature; perhaps we could implement
something more superficial for a greater number of tapes. c) As for the
Macintosh version, now that I am not "wasting" so much time on
tour, perhaps I will have the opportunity to recode my ancient Mac DeadBase
application for commercial release. We welcome any assistance on these projects.
* I always find it very difficult to rate my favorite shows and my favorite
tapes. There are so many great performances -- there is rarely a one "best"
version of any tune (except, perhaps the 4-17-71 Princeton "Good Lovin'"!)
- One of the things that is so wonderful about the Grateful Dead is that
it is impossible to finger single best versions of their various songs.
That is why we allow you to pick more than one. Even at that, it is only
intended as a general guide to better versions. * I purchased
the DeadBase Jr. and it has been a tremendous help for my tape collection.
Thank you very much........We Will Survive! * You guys keep up the
good work. My first visit won't be my last thanks tony1 * You guys
are awesome... * Thanks! * You folks do deadheads a great
service. Thanks! * In the SONG PLAYED section you refer to Paul
McCartney's "Tripping the LIVE Fantastic" as "Tripping the
Light Fantastic". Paul's album "Wings Over America" came
out in 1976 not 1975. In the FAVORITE ALBUMS section you mention Toad the
Wet Sprocket album "Fear Of Music"...there is no such album. I
hope that if you guys are really insane that you will do timings of ALL
shows. :^) Is WeirBase still available and will GarciaBase will updated
to include more songs. (Obviously no more shows.:^(((( Since I have never
seen them is there anything that someone like me could do to help with DeadBase??
- a) Thanks for the corrections, they should be implemented in future
Songs Played chapters. b) There will be more Tape Timings in the future;
how far we take them depends on interest and how long we keep on going.
c) WeirBase will likely appear either in DeadBase X, or in LiveBase. GarciaBase
will not be in DeadBase X, but may be updated in LiveBase (if it happens)
or in another future edition. d) as far as assistance is concerned, we always
welcome help from tapes as well as live experiences. See our Help On The
Way page for a few suggestions. * I first hear the dead on the
radio the day jerry died I was amazed that music like this existed. Am very
unhappy that I picked the wrong to first hear them. * Please add
Bruce into the listing of MVP and unsung hero candidates. He was an integral
part of the band. Take the 9/90 MSG run, for example. He is an amazing musician
and a fine person. His music still embodies the spirit of the Grateful Dead
(check out him singing Wharf Rat---wow!). Keep up the great work, guys!!!
- Agreed. We will include Bruce the next time we ask those questions.<B>
* </B>i love this place. How about some chat rooms or something in
that vein? - We have recently added three Forums, but traffic is very
slow. Any further suggestions? * Cool site! * Keep up
the great work. * Just "thank you" for a great site *
Does DeadBase IX fill in through 7-9-95, or do we have to wait for DeadBase
X for that? If so, when will it be out? - There are unofficial lists
for 1995 on pages 434 and 435, but the bulk of DeadBase IX only covers through
1994.<B> * </B>I think this page is great! I have not had
the time to surf the web for quite a while (too many hours spent working),
and I just learned about this page and the availability of DB9 today. I
will check my local store for it or order it. The reason I have an unknown
number of hours is that they are mostly my husband's collection since he
is the actual trader in our family. I have a few from before we were married
but they are merged into the family collection. note: please do not post
anything in a general location for public consumption that is traced to
this email address since it is at work. * Good to see you on the
Web. I've been wondering when you'd get here * Sorry I didn't list
favorite tapes: they're kind of in different places (car, work, home, ?,
etc.) so I didn't have access to getting the dates... * Print Jerry/Weir-base
separately. As a happy owner of DeadBase VII(from which Jerry-base was left
out),purchased to replace a weary worn-out DBIV, I am not ready to upgrade
yet and see no reason to do so with this exception. I submit that many find
themselves in this same position. This would be a service to the community,
and hey it may make you a few bills. Also, how about a Mickey-base? -
Depending on interest, time and other nebulous factors, we may produce our
spinoff book LiveBase in the next year or two. * This is a great
page. Hopefully someday all the DB info could be here. But that would hurt
sales now, wouldn't it? ;) Thanks again, Tom Ferraro * Seeing as
you guys at DeadBase are using certain database programs to organize you're
data, and seeing as it is already on a computer why not put out a software
package? I know you guys have been thinking about it... Maybe you should
approach it like this: Put out an electronic version of DeadBase and allow
it to do exactly what a person would do (i.e. if you want to look up a show
you type in the date and select the type of data you want [set list, review,
etc]and then it pops up! You could also include a tape list feature that
would allow someone to click on a date for a show that they have and have
date, venue, etc added to his/her list; then all they would have to do is
fill in the source, qual, etc. info. Essentially a everything you need trading
software package brought to us by the people who know how to do it right
- YOU! So please think about it, it could make trading so much simpler!
I would also just like to add that I've always liked what you guys have
done and I commend you for that! Thanks for listening!!!!! :-) :-) -
A release version of software in the obvious next frontier. It may possibly
be in the form of a Web subscription service (reasonably priced, of course).
* It's really great to see that the spirit of the DEAD lives on with
every one that helped create and use this page. Keep it up! * I
have never owned a DeadBase; always borrowed one from friends. I am waiting
for edition X to finally own one. * Thanks for the forum * Wanna
trade, John? * I would love to see many, many more tape timings.
This helps tremendously in evaluating/making tapes. I hope that you produce
another, complete edition of DeadBase, Jr., as well. - While there may
be a new edition of DeadBase, Jr. sometime in the future, there are several
other projects we hope to do first; the temporary lists for 1995 in Odds
& Ends and the supplement page will have to do for now. DeadBase, Jr.
has missed its intended purpose -- it was originally designed to be taken
on tour, but now I find that it is my desk copy as it is more convenient
to look up setlists there than in the complete editions. * Where
is Bruce Hornsby in the unsung hero question? The dead may have taken many
more years to get back into it had he not been able to fill in. His influence
put the life and excitement back into the Dead and set them back on the
right path. - Agreed, he will be there in the future. I hope that he
might once again help to put the Grateful Dead back together again.
* The Dead will live as long as we have tapes. Trading is a gift to
Jerry. * I have been a huge fan of DeadBase since I purchased my
first copy in 93. I'm on my second one now--hardcover through 93, waiting
for the final version. I would be interested in the yearly expanded editions,
as well as tape timing editions (love), and I love the reviews. If there's
any way I could contribute a review(s) of shows, I would be glad to help.
I think I could do a really good job. I hope to see DeadBase continue in
some way, keep up the good work. Also, its great to have a site on the web!
- Please feel free to contact me with possible reviews; we want to add
lots to DeadBase X. * Being a beginner trader this book is invaluable,
I would be lost with out it. It is the bible of trading. * you don't
consider the novice tape trader, more suggestions on novice classic shows
- The Favorite Tapes sections are a good start. It is safe to assume
that almost everything near the top of those lists are "must haves".
We have also started a Forum page dedicated to tapes with which to introduce
new people to the Dead. * I hope you will do a final DeadBase
that will have EVERYTHING you had in all the other deadbases, including
every word and stuff. I like the graphs that were in the earlier versions
It's my favorite book. Love 2,3 and 8, and can't wait for 10. thanks Ed
- I will go back and reconsider those graphs, and try and think up some
new graphical representations. * It's wonderful to see how a
graduate experiment can blossom into such a wonderful thing. * regardless
of any questions asked, DeadBase remains and invaluable tool for tape traders
and deadheads. Thank you sooo much! * I think that the editors of
DeadBase should take more into consideration the vast knowledge of all of
the knowledge of the tapers out there and adjust the setlists accordingly.
* I guess we can never go home again . . . * Really wish
you would take the time to go back and do the yearly issues 94/95 specifically
and even recreate all the earlier years. Would be a great source and also
would allow you guys to make some bucks... * More Tape Timings. More
Tape Timings. More Tape Timings. Please put them back in the next addition
and more of them. They are the most valuable part of the DeadBase for any
serious taper. - Tape Timings will be back in DeadBase X with a bunch
more additions. Can you help us out with DAT tapes?<B> * </B>Nice
to see you on the Web! * Thank you for the survey. I would love to
answer more questions. As far as should the fans wishes be considered in
the retirement scenario: The people in the band must choose what's right
for them. If they would have kept touring, I would have kept following.
But, I respect their wishes and love them no less for their choice. People
must not get down on the boys for hanging it up. We must thank them for
their kindness and keep the Dead alive anyway we can. How about a way to
organize festivals in the summer time. Like Deadhead Heaven in New York
this summer. Let's see more of that. Oh yeah, there is no replacement band
for the Dead. However, Widespread Panic has the kind vibes we all love.
- A clear majority of our respondents agree with you as far as the future
of the Dead is concerned. Personally, I think they should put the band back
together, and then retire if they wish. That way the Dead could continue
forever. Check out our forum on this subject for more in depth opinions.
* when does DeadBase x come out? end of 96? I have vii, and I really
need to update it.... - I expect to release DeadBase X in the spring
of 1996. Check out our "The Future" site for updates of our intentions.
* For some reason, I'm a big statistics guy and I really enjoy the show
reviews and reader surveys * alot of shows but dates and cities are
questionable or forgotten .Personally I've logged approx 30+ shows .only
a small # nonetheless enjoyed every second from tent to venue *
hey now, I was just trying to look at some set-lists and there were only
the lists for like 8 or 9 shows. are you in the process of entering them??
email@example.com - There are complete lists for 1993 and 1994 under
the Annual books pages. We have not yet decided how we are going to make
the bulk of the lists available without compromising our publications.
* Can't wait to see what's inside. * DeadBase is yet another
example of how the Grateful Dead are an incredibly unique social institution.
As a tape collector, the only thing more valuable than DeadBase are the
tapes themselves!! Thanks for all your hard work!! * Keep up the
good work, guys! We'd be lost w/o ya. Please include as many timings as
sanity allows in future edition(s). If X is the last, how about doing some
yearly supplements w/ new info, corrections, maybe some more feedback-type
stuff? The web site can do some of this, but there are plenty of off-line
folks who would appreciate, and I know I'd appreciate a hard copy. What
is the status of a wide-ranging Live/Base? Suggestions for inclusion (as
all of these circ.)would be Garcia (incl early bluegrass stuff- people are
busy compiling info),Weir, Hart, Lesh, Hunter, Godchaux's, Welnick, McKernan.
Once again, as sanity allows. Perhaps this would be addl fodder for supplements?
BTW, finding a "replacement" band may be the wrong ? for some
of us. I've always enjoyed a wide variety of music aside from the Dead!
- The status of LiveBase is uncertain. We hope to find enough interest
to warrant publishing it within the next couple of years. * i
was upset when i saw that DeadBase ix did not have the complete set lists.
i feel that a supplement should be published so we don't have to buy another.
- There are preliminary lists for 1995 in DeadBase IX. They are in the
Odds & Ends section (pages 434 and 435), which would normally be the
last facing pages in the book. Because we added DeadBase '94 to the back
of the book, the 1995 lists now fall in the middle; a much less obvious
position. During layout I had not considered this result. Sorry for the