[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 20:05:56 PDT 2019

A quick and helpful response was sent to me regarding the partial
"Newsweek" information. There was a "Newsweek" match in a ProQuest
periodical database, but the "Newsweek" citation (shown below)
occurred after the "Kansas City Times" citation, and it contained less
information. So it is still important to obtain to the "Rolling Stone"

[ref] 1988 December 12, Newsweek, Overheard, Quote Page 17, Column 1,
Newsweek Inc., New York. (ProQuest News, Policy & Politics Magazine
Archive) [/ref]

[Begin excerpt]
"Somebody needs to do something—it's just incredibly pathetic that it
has to be us."

JERRY GARCIA of the Grateful Dead, on his group's support for efforts
to save the world's rain forests
[End excerpt]

Garson O'Toole

On Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 10:35 PM ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
> quotation.
> 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.
> https://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/somebody_has_to_do_something/
> Please contact me off-list and I will summarize the results. Or
> contact me on-list.
> Garson O'Toole

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