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Jerry Garcia Interview on New Orleans Drug Bust - 1970

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Published on Mar 19, 2011

Listen to Jerry tell us what happened when the Grateful Dead were busted down on Bourbon St.. on January 31, 1970.

Members of the Grateful Dead were arrested in New Orleans After playing a set earlier in the evening, the band's hotel was raided by local police. Nearly 20 people were eventually charged with drug violations related to the raid.

After posting bail money, the Dead were almost out of funds. They added another show in New Orleans for the following night and persuaded Fleetwood Mac, who was appearing with them, to stay for another show as well. At the gig, a bucket was passed around the audience to collect some additional cash.

Most of the charges from the New Orleans bust were eventually dropped, but the incident made a large impact on Grateful Dead lore. The band would eventually immortalize the raid in the lyrics to "Truckin'," one of their most popular songs:

"Busted, down on Bourbon Street

Set Up, like a bowlin' pin

Knocked down, it gets to wearin' thin

They just won't let you be"

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