As Haight-Ashbury devolved from a counterculture mecca to a commodified tourist haven, and the Grateful Dead searched for the perfect sound to complement their continued evolution, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan found that his musical contributions were becoming obsolete. It wasn't long before he had to face the fact that the he was finally losing control of the group he had created.
A Long Strange Trip: The Inside Story of the Grateful Dead, by Dennis McNally
Living with The Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead, by Rock Scully with David Dalton
Searching for the Sound, by Phil Lesh
The Grateful Dead FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History, by Tony Sclafani
This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, by Blair Jackson and David Gans
Grateful Dead Close Down Haight Street For Free Concert, On This Day In 1968 (Live for Live Music)
Haight-Ashbury “Hippie Hop” bus
Grateful Dead: Anthem of the Sun and American Beauty (Classic Albums)
1967: Grateful Dead visit the Warnecke Ranch (Chalkhill Residency)
Grateful Dead's 'Anthem of the Sun': 10 Things You Didn't Know (Rolling Stone)
The 1967 letter from a record executive that said The Grateful Dead had "many problems" (Far Out)
Internet Archive Forums: 1968 - The Firing (part I)
Grateful Dead Guide: 1968 - The Firing (Dead Essays)
The moment when The Grateful Dead dosed the 'Playboy After Dark' crew (Far Out)
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