This is a neat idea. It will be interesting to read the stories she comes up with.
ABOUT THE ENDLESS TOUR PROJECT
Different permutations of the band would evolve and tour throughout the years, but would never again tour under the name: the Grateful Dead. Thousands of young Deadheads who grew up listening to the music – and going to shows – never had the experience of going on the road with the Dead, as generations had before them. They never had the experience of immersing themselves in a traveling community of diverse individuals who came together under a unifying philosophy and shared belief of music, kindness, generosity and freedom.
Having been 15 years old when Jerry Garcia died, writer Joanna Colangelo, never had the opportunity to join the band for a full tour. But today, in advance of the 20th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s final tour, Joanna has created the Endless Tour Project, and will go on the road with the Grateful Dead for the first and last time.
The Endless Tour Project is a multimedia experience that will chronicle the 1995 tour city-by-city, date-by-date, and will recreate the tour through the voices, memories, photographs and artifacts of those who were there. Joanna will begin the tour on February 19, 2014 in Salt Lake City and will finish it on July 9, 2014 in Chicago. She will drive to all cities on the dates of the original shows, interview individuals in each city, keep a film camera rolling, write daily blogs, and will capture music and stories from those who were at the shows to create her own tapestry of what it would have felt like to experience the 1995 tour in full.
Part American road adventure, part social experiment, the Endless Tour Project will also serve as a unique look into the Grateful Dead’s contemporary community. What does the Grateful Dead’s music mean in American culture today? How are the philosophies and values of the Grateful Dead thriving among Deadheads, and our culture-at-large, in 2014 America? What holds the fabric of the Grateful Dead family together after all these years?
Like a Grateful Dead concert, the Endless Tour Project is not meant to be experienced in isolation. If you were on the 1995 tour or have any stories to share from your life with the Grateful Dead, please visit the Join the Tour page and let us know who you are. Joanna will be stopping in different cities and states along the way and wants to meet you – and hear your story.