Peeling and sticking with the Grateful Dead

Between 1971 at Duke’s Wallace Wade Stadium and 1995 at the Charlotte Coliseum, the Grateful Dead by one count played 27 shows in North Carolina. For at least 19 of these shows, peel-and-stick backstage passes (not to be confused with the laminated security passes issued to band members and crew) were distributed among friends, fans and camp followers.

Like so much Dead memorabilia these strikingly designed passes drew from an iconography developed over the decades. Here’s a long strange slideshow from a sampling of their North Carolina performances.

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  1. Great images! These postdate my first experience seeing the Dead in North Carolina, at the Greensboro Coliseum in 1989. I would have loved to have been there at one of those early shows at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

    Recordings of all — or nearly all — of these shows are available on the Internet Archive: It’s a terrific resource.

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