Deadheads ’87

In September, 1987 I was assigned by Details magazine (when it was still a downtown New York b/w style guide) to photograph the fans at one of the Grateful Dead’s shows at Madison Square Garden, for an article on tie-dye, which ended up never running. On the 18th of that month, with an all-access pass, I had the run of the venue. Ten years earlier I would have been in the crowd, now it was a chance to look back. It was a lot of fun, though the scene had changed since I followed the band: a little more self-conscious, a lot more tie-dye. Unfortunately, the music disappointed me that night, as if it lost a certain edge. It sounds a lot better to me now.