The Grateful Dead pioneered the live concert experience, serenading Deadheads with a sound quality that was ahead of its time. The group played more than 2,300 concerts total, and 1971’s self-titled live album — or“Skull & Roses” as its been called due to the iconic Bertha Skull artwork — is one of their defining moments. The album would be their first release to be certified gold, featuring performances from the Hammerstein Ballroom(New York City), Fillmore East(NYC), and Winterland Ballroom(San Francisco).
The album art introduced the Skull & Roses Bertha skeleton into Deadhead culture, now one of the most closely associated images with the Grateful Dead. It was originally based on an illustration from the 1850’s, recreated by Alton Kelly and Stanley Mouse for the band. Now, when you see this skeleton and its rosey bouquet of hair, the Grateful Dead is the first thing that comes to mind. It's a timeless design for a timeless band.
Skull & Roses Bertha Skull Artwork
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