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News-Antique.com - Jan 21,2009 - Santa Fe, Jan. 22, 2009 -- Rock Scully was living in the Haight Ashbury section of San Francisco during the legendary “Summer of Love”.
“So,” Jerry Garcia said when I met him Dec. 18, 1965 at the “Big Beat Acid Test” in Palo Alto, Calif., “Congratulations! You are our new manager. Let me introduce you to the rest of the band.”
That’s how it all started for Scully. From 1965 to 1985, through good times and bad, Scully managed the infamous “Grateful Dead”.
“We were an anarchy; most of our business transpired on the road and decisions could only be reached by total consensus,” Scully said. “Worn out and strung out, I left the band in 1985, 20 years after joining them, to rehabilitate myself.”
On Oct 5, Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, featured Rock Scully’s 43 year collection of Grateful Dead memorabilia on the block. Here are current values for some of the band’s memorabilia.
Guitar; 1958 Fender Precision Bass; belonged to Garcia’s close friend John Kahn; used onstage and in recording sessions with Garcia; 46 inches long; sold for $18,000.
Poster; Can You Pass the Acid Test? Pig Pen’s personal copy; printed in black ink on two pieces of light blue paper; Jan. 22, 1966; 43 ½ inches by 8 ½ inches; sold for $30,000.
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