[PW] Request verification in Rolling Stone mag - Quote: Somebody needs to do something - it’s just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us. Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Fri Mar 22 19:35:30 PDT 2019

I just received a request to examine the quotation in the subject line
which was spoken by guitarist Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. I
found a match in the "Kansas City Times" issue of Oct. 31, 1988, but
the newspaper points to the "Rolling Stone" issue of Nov. 3, 1988
(which was available before the cover date).

In the past, subscribers of the "Rolling Stone" were able to access
all the issues of the periodical. I do not know if that is true now.
Does someone have access to the "Rolling Stone" archive? Would you be
willing to look for the quotation? The goal is to obtain a complete
and accurate citation together with the passage containing the

Here are details from the "Kansas City Times" citation.

[ref] 1988 October 31, Kansas City Times, Grateful Dead to help save
the life of the rain forests, Quote Page B5, Column 1, Kansas City,
Missouri. (NewsBank Access World News) [/ref]

[Begin excerpt]
"The Grateful Dead have thrown their support behind a group of
organizations fighting to preserve the world's rain forests," the Nov.
3 issue of Rolling Stone says.

"The band -- which announced its intention to back a coalition made up
of Greenpeace, the Massachusetts-based group Cultural Survival, San
Francisco's Rainforest Action Network and Creating Our Future at a
recent press conference in New York -- played a special benefit concert
for the organizations at New York's Madison Square Garden.
. . .
"'We've never agreed on anything,' said Jerry Garcia of the band's
decision to back the coalition. 'This isn't a weekend charity -- we've
put a lot of time into this because it's terribly important. It’s
imminently life-threatening. Somebody needs to do something -- it’s
just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.'"
[End excerpt]

Barry Popik helpfully examined this topic and found an unverified
Google Books match in Newsweek in 1988 somewhere in issues 19-26 of
volume 112.

Please contact me off-list and I will summarize the results. Or
contact me on-list.
Garson O'Toole

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