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"I think I lost It at The Carousel": Vintage Grateful Dead Radio Promos

Here’s a little nugget that I dusted off the other day. Remember when radio was, well, relevant? No, I don’t either…but it used to be. Remember when LiveNation or ClearChannel or Ticketmaster ceased to exist….good times, good times.

Cue 1968, The Dead were the puppeteers of the Haight/Asbury scene, and about to relocate to Marin County to start the next chapter in their history. This radio promo spot is advertising for the run of shows that they played at the legendary Carousel on the weekend of June 7th-9th, 1968.

The Carousel was the former El Patio Ballroom on the second floor of the car dealership on the southwest corner of Market and Van Ness. It opened in 1966 with a performance by the Yardbirds.

In July of 68, legendary S.F. entrepreneur Bill Graham left the Fillmore Auditorium to take over the Carousel Ballroom. He would rename it The Fillmore West.

Today the Carousel Ballroom is now the service and repair shop of a Honda car dealer. sigh…

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February 12, 2008 Posted by | 1968, bill graham, california, fillmore, fillmore west, Garcia, grateful dead, jamband, jerry garcia, music, psychedelic rock, radio ad, rock, san fracisco, the carousel, vintage | Leave a comment