Though Ron “Pigpen” McKernan continued to feel like he was being pushed out of the Grateful Dead’s creative circle, he could still make an impression. Just ask Led Zeppelin, who got an up-close and personal look at Pig’s .22-caliber pistol. The fear that they felt standing next to what seemed like, to them, to be an American cowboy in the flesh was dwarfed months later…by the fear and violence that ran rampant at the Altamont Speedway.
This episode contains content that may be disturbing to some listeners and includes graphic depictions of violence.
Inside Herb Greene’s Led Zeppelin Photos (YouTube)
The Dead vs. Led Zeppelin (Dead Essays)
Pigpen Look Alike Contest (Part Two) (Dead.net)
No Woodstock: Grateful Dead's role in infamous Altamont concert (East Bay Times)
Good Old Grateful Dead (Rolling Stone)
Pigpen Solo Projects 1969, 1971, 1973 (Why?) (Live Lost Dead)
December 21, 1967: Owsley Bust (Dead Sources)
Death, debris in Altamont concert wake (UPI Archives)
Leno And Rosemary LaBianca: The Couple Brutally Murdered By The Manson Family (All That’s Interesting)
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Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and many more musical icons all died at the age of 27. Scandalous, tortured, dramatic, and incredibly talented, these artists torched a wild path to their early graves and shifted and shaped our culture along the way. 27 Club tells their stories. 27 Club is hosted and created by Jake Brennan, host and creator of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND. 27 Club is not a journalistic podcast. It is an entertainment podcast inspired by true events. For more shows like 27 Club, check out www.doubleelvis.com.
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