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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to open Grateful Dead exhibit in April

Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir guitars will be among the items on display

By Chris M. Junior

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On April 12, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland will officially open a new exhibit called "Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip."

"The Grateful Dead is a band that is identified with a remarkable era in American history, and, inasmuch as they embody that era, their work is timeless," said Jim Henke, the Rock Hall's vice president of exhibits and curatorial affairs, in a recent press release. "They've inspired many performers and bands, but none has exhibited their musical depth and cultural resonance. In a 30-year career, this group wrote their own rules and created a community unlike any band before or since."

Items on display will include Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir guitars, a custom-painted Mickey Hart drum kit and original lyric manuscripts for the songs "Box of Rain," "Sugaree" and "Truckin.' "

The exhibit will run through December.