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Grateful Dead Week – Day 5: Video Vault: “Hard to Handle”

TO CELEBRATE THE RECENT RELEASE OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  WORKINGMAN’S DEAD, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE FIFTH AND FINAL INSTALLMENT OF GRATEFUL DEAD WEEK BY AUTHOR BUZZ POOLE!

Unlike the bounty of high-quality audio recordings of the Grateful Dead from 1969 and 1970 – the Workingman’s Dead era – decent video footage from that time is slim pickings. If you really want to see songs off this album performed, grainy, sonically warped videos are available, though they are hard to watch.

On February 4, 1970, days after being busted in New Orleans and not too long before the band would enter the studio to begin recording Workingman’s Dead, a film crew shot what eventually would be released as Night at the Family Dog. And this clip of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle” documents the Dead in all of their 1970 glory.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPDlMeJ6bZY]

 

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