H e was the unlikeliest of pop stars and the most reticent of cultural icons. Onstage he wore plain clothes — usually a sacklike T-shirt and loose jeans to fit his heavy frame — and he rarely spoke to the audience that watched his every move. Even his guitar lines — complex, lovely and rhapsodic, but never flashy — as well as his strained, weatherworn vocal style had a subdued, colloquial quality about them. Offstage he kept to family and friends, and when he sat to talk with interviewers about his remarkable music, he often did so in sly-witted, self-deprecating ways. And yet, when he died on Aug. Across town at San Francisco City Hall, a tie-dyed flag was flown on the middle flagpole, and the surrounding flags were lowered to half-mast. Chances are Garcia himself would have been embarrassed, maybe even repelled, by all the commotion. He wrapped up in himself a whole set of characteristics and qualities that were very appropriate to a certain cultural vector in the latter part of the 20th century: freedom from judgment, playfulness of intellect, complete improvisation, anti-authoritarianism, self-indulgence and aesthetic development.
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He is best known as the founder and longtime lead guitarist of the band the Grateful Dead. He was one of the most recorded guitar players of all time. When his mother took over the bar, Garcia went to live with his grandparents. They introduced him to the Grand Ole Opry.
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Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia took great pride in his guitars. Though he played many in his career, there are a handful of truly noteworthy axes that have stood the test of time. The band was just coming up, and the guitarist played whatever he could get his hands on at the times. Alligator is a customized Fender Stratocaster, and was used between It currently resides in the Jerry Garcia archives. Eventually, he contacted Irwin and asked him to create a custom guitar for his own use. Irwin eventually incorporated the Wolf into the design, thus giving the instrument its name. Wolf was made from purpleheart and curly maple, and features an ebony fingerboard and twenty-four frets.