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For Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, creating art is akin to a religious experience.
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Grateful Dead legend Mickey Hart shows his art work on Good Day
It wasn’t just music. It was a movement. An experience. An archaeology of folklore. An awakening.
That’s what catapulted the Grateful Dead from its California counterculture roots of the 1960s into one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Known not just for their rhythms and live shows, the band became just as famous for openly discussing their use of drugs to transform music, and entice their audiences into a kind of collective trance during performances.
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Mickey Hart has synesthesia, an uncommon crossing-wiring of senses that enables him to see colors when he hears sounds.
So it was only a matter of time before the Grammy Award-winning Grateful Dead percussionist began to combine the sonic and visual arts.
For Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, it’s always been about discovery and vibrations. From music and writing, to science and painting, the musician, author, investigator and artist has always made it his mission to explore. On October 22, 2016, that multidimensional creativity will be showcased at the Wentworth Gallery in Short Hills, New Jersey, with a special exhibition of the legendary percussionist’s paintings.
The drummer of the Grateful Dead is a multi-Grammy winner, the author of four books on musicology, and a member of revival band Dead and Company (followed by former deadheads and John Mayer fans alike). He’s also a painter—but instead of, say, brushes and pallets, he prefers drums.