Political Animal


October 01, 2012 7:40 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

On general principles of nervous patriotism, here’s the Grateful Dead performing “U.S. Blues” at Winterland in 1974.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • AndrewBW on October 01, 2012 8:41 AM:

    Well all right. A lot of Deadheads seem to hate on this song, and I don't know why. It's not anything deep, but it's a lot of fun with a bouncy beat and a typically abstract Hunter lyric that I always liked. Thanks.

  • AndrewBW on October 01, 2012 8:43 AM:

    But now the young Jerry is making me sad.

  • kd bart on October 01, 2012 9:20 AM:

    Makes you wonder how many of those in attendence in the video are Republicans these days?

  • Paul Dirks on October 01, 2012 9:48 AM:

    Well all right. A lot of Deadheads seem to hate on this song,

    Only because it came around too often, invariably as an encore. It's a fine song, but I have seen it labelled "Useless Blues" on more than one tape cover.

  • Diane on October 01, 2012 12:17 PM:

    I attended many a Dead concert in the early seventies. Though I certainly don't look it or act it now, those concerts offered another vantage point and the music stayed with me, to this day. I doubt if there were any serious Republicans at these concerts, or maybe if they were there they just weren't listening.

  • Fredhead on October 01, 2012 12:42 PM:

    The guy in the GD movie who complained he was being ripped off, definitely a GOPer.

  • Pablo Casals on October 01, 2012 3:46 PM:

    John Perry Barlow. Actually campaigned for Dick Cheney back in the day.