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DJ Sessions: Go Deadhead

The Grateful Dead celebrates 50 years since the band’s start this year. For this week’s installment of DJ Sessions, we sit down with a DJ who devotes his entire radio show to the band.

David Gans, who is also a musician himself, hosts “ The Grateful Dead Hour,” which airs across the country, and also “ Dead to the World” on KPFA in Berkeley, California. That station will be broadcasting David’s Grateful Dead marathon this weekend.

Note: We have a Spotify playlist for our weekly DJ Sessions segment. The playlist is updated each week with new songs. Spotify is free to use, but requires a login.

Songs In This Segment

  • Grateful Dead, “Cassidy,” unreleased concert tape from Jan. 14, 1978
  • Grateful Dead, “Chinatown Shuffle,” released concert tape from Mar. 27, 1972
  • Grateful Dead, “Bird Song,” performed by Bill Kreutzmann’s TryptoBand on Dec. 2, 2014 at Zodiacs in Petaluma, Calif.
  • Grateful Dead, “Might As Well,” performed October 29, 1977 in De Kalb, Illinois



  • David Gans, musician and host of “The Grateful Dead Hour” and “Dead to the World.” He tweets @davidgans.

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