Yes, you read that correctly. Fader, the well-regarded music magazine that is known for its indie cred and double covers, is set to publish its third annual “icon” issue honoring a single, influential artist. This year: Jerry Garcia.
If Garcia seems like a weird choice for a magazine that normally spotlights emerging, even fringe-y artists, he is. The issue, hitting stands (and iTunes) next week, includes “as told to” style interviews full of untold stories and reflections on Garcia’s bandmates and friends, including Carolyn “Mountain Girl” Adams Garcia, the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, David Grisman, Ornette Coleman, manager Richard Loren and the Dead’s legendary soundman Dan Healy — all of which sounds like it could be any copy of Relix, ever.
Hart tells Fader: “I remember the end of it. We were sitting in a meeting saying, ‘What are we gonna do?!’ and Jerry drew this snake that was eating its tail. He said ‘This is us. We’re eating ourselves.'”
“There are so many misconceptions and prejudices regarding Jerry and his legacy,” says editor Alex Wagner. “We wanted to dig deep and show our readers that he’s an incredibly relevant and inspiring figure — an honest to goodness rock star who very much deserves his place in the canon of modern music.”
It took a few years, but looks like the Dead are cool again.