Relix Announces New Commemorative Issue Celebrating Jerry Garcia at 80

Article Contributed by Relix Media Group | Published on Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Relix commemorates the 80th birthday of the late Grateful Dead guitarist, Jerry Garcia (1942-1995) with a Special Collector’s Edition honoring his vast and vibrant legacy.

80 pages long, the issue memorializes Garcia with a collection of personal tributes by family, friends, collaborators and musicians. This issue also contains previously unreleased and rarely seen photographs of Garcia and the Grateful Dead, and is accompanied by a limited edition organic cotton t-shirt featuring the never-before-seen photograph of Garcia by Ron Rakow from the cover of the July/August 2022 Relix issue.

In this issue, Justin Kreutzmann discusses directing a documentary about Garcia, who was his early film mentor. “Cadillac” Ron Rakow, an early member of the Grateful Dead management team shares his perspective. Trixie Garcia reflects on the 80th anniversary of her father’s birth and his ongoing legacy. Longtime bandmate Melvin Seals shares his thoughts on performing Garcia’s music with Colorado Symphony, in a piece that shares remarks from conductor Scott O’Neil and guitarist Tom Hamilton (who also explores Jerry’s music in Joe Russo’s Almost Dead). Artist Stanley Mouse and tabla master Zakir Hussain look back over 50 years to add their own unique impressions as well.

This commemorative issue also includes interviews with up-and-coming acts like CAAMP, IDLES, Kendall Street Company, Magic Beans, and Blu DeTiger, as well as spotlights on live music staples like Kenny Loggins, Black Pumas’ Adrian Quesada, Anaïs Mitchell, Marcus King, Maren Morris, Michael Franti, Dawes, and more!

Anyone subscribed to Relix as of August 9, 2022 will receive this issue as a part of your regular subscription. The issue and t-shirt can also be purchased online at Relix Marketplace. Subscribe now at

To imagine [Jerry] as an 80 year old guy, I think he would still have that magic in his eyes, that inspired look on his face. He’d still be seeking out those things that turn him on.” - Trixie Garcia