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Onstage he wore plain clothes – usually a sacklike T-shirt and loose jeans to fit his heavy frame – and he rarely spoke to the audience that watched his every move. Even his guitar lines – complex, lovely and rhapsodic, but never flashy – as well as his strained, weatherworn vocal style had a subdued, colloquial quality about them. Offstage he kept to family and friends, and when he sat to talk with interviewers about his remarkable music, he often did so in sly-wit-ted, self-deprecating ways. “I feel like I’m sort of stumbling along,” he said once, “and a lot people are watching me or stumbling along with me or allowing me to stumble for them.” It was as if Jerry Garcia – who, as the lead guitarist and singer of the Grateful Dead, lived at the center of one of popular culture’s most extraordinary epic adventures – was bemused by the circumstances of his own renown.
Jerry Garcia died 18 years ago today. Read our 1995 retrospective on the Grateful Dead frontman’s life.