Grateful Dead

Even though most San Franciscans considered The Grateful Dead to be the hometown musical heroes, it wasn’t until Issue No. 40 that Jann featured the band in any meaningful way.  For their portraits, the band members and their managers came to my Belvedere Street studio where I photographed them one by one, very simply, against a plain background, in the manner of one of my heroes, Richard Avedon.  It was also the day that Jerry Garcia openly flashed me his hand with the missing digit in a photograph that has subsequently achieved iconic status, one which I call “Jerry Waving.”