Why this site?

Randy Jackson collected and wrote all of the information presented in this web site. In 1996, he created a site to house this valuable information that is still accessible here:


In order to preserve Randy's original research, I migrated his content over to this web site.  I've touched his original text lightly, only correcting minor typos, and perhaps adding a few links to newer content.

From: Randy Jackson, 1996


For some time I have been researching the origins of the many cover songs that the Grateful Dead have performed over the years. I have collected quite a bit of material on that subject and thought it was time to organize it and make it available. This site is an attempt to do that and to solicit input from others who are also interested in this area of research.

I am not a professional writer nor do I have any formal training in ethnomusicology, I've basically been making it up as I go along. All of the original written content contained herein is copyright © Randy Jackson.

Skeleton and Roses, Illus. by Edmund Sullivan


"Oh, come with old Khayyam
and leave the Wise to talk;
one thing is certain,
that Life flies;
One thing is certain, and the Rest is Lies;
The Flower that once has blown forever dies."

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyamm
Quatrain #26
Translated by Edward Fitzgerald, 1913
Illustrated by Edmund Sullivan