Use Your Imagination

Use Your Imagination

Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh celebrates his 79th birthday today (March 15th). There has always been the question for the Grateful Dead song “Uncle John’s Band” from Workingman’s Dead in1970.  Was it inspired by a real band or is it the Dead with John substituted for Jerry? Mickey Hart sets the record straight:

”It was an imaginary band. It could be any band. It was just a metaphor. It was what anybody’s band could be like. It’s the imagination. Talking about them is not nearly as good as imaging what it’s all about. I’d be taking away a very important part of music, which is the imagination.”