Deluxe Edition To Contain Exclusive Vinyl Of Previously Unreleased Live Grateful Dead Music Now Available For Pre-Order At www.z2comics.com/shop/grateful-dead

First Look at Interior Artwork from Grateful Dead Origins


(New York, NY) As Z2 Comics continues to revolutionize the comics industry with their music collaborations, the track list for the audio from the upcoming 2020 Grateful Dead graphic novel is now available. Grateful Dead Origins tells the story of the band’s transformation from a bar band performing as the Warlocks to becoming the creators of their own sound and cultural movement through their music and community. Artist Noah Van Sciver illustrates an original history created by writer Chris Miskiewicz. The graphic novel will be available in 2 editions: a standard edition and a limited run collectors deluxe edition. The standard edition (available here: http://bit.ly/GDorigins) will feature an exclusive download of 13 tracks curated by famed Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux. Lemieux, the keeper of the vault of Grateful Dead music, personally selected the tracklist comprised of:

  1. The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) – from Grateful Dead
  2. Cream Puff War – from Rare Cuts
  3. Walking The Dog – from Rare Cuts
  4. Viola Lee Blues – from Road Trips 2/2/68
  5. Hey Little One – from Rare Cuts
  6. That’s It For The Other One – from Anthem Of The Sun
  7. Midnight Hour – from 1966 30 Trips
  8. Standing On The Corner – from Rare Cuts
  9. China Cat Sunflower – from Aoxomoxoa
  10. Big Railroad Blues – from Rare Cuts
  11. Morning Dew – from Grateful Dead
  12. Keep Rolling By – from 1966 30 Trips
  13. Cosmic Charlie – from Aoxomoxoa

The limited run collector’s deluxe edition will have the same download as the standard edition but will also be bundled with a vinyl LP containing a previously unreleased live performance from the Grateful Dead. The performance was recorded at the Fillmore West in San Francisco on August 21, 1968. The track list for the vinyl is:

                Origins DELUXE EDITION LP – Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA (8/21/68)

Side 1

  1. Dark Star (14:33)
  2. St. Stephen (04:45)

Side 2

  1. The Eleven (11:07)
  2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy (08:09)

This previously unreleased show includes the first known West Coast live rendition of St. Stephen, and the first known performance of its William Tell Bridge, which would join St. Stephen to The Eleven. The show was recorded to 8-track analog tape, and was mastered by Grammy-winning engineer David Glasser at Airshow Mastering in Boulder, CO. The deluxe edition will be available for pre-order via Z2 Comics  at www.z2comics.com/shop/grateful-dead or via dead.net at https://store.dead.net/special-edition-shops/almanac/grateful-dead-origins-deluxe-edition-lp-1.html.

With the recent success of partnerships with Yungblud, BabyMetal, Andy Black and Skillet, Z2 Comics continues to solidify their place as the premier creator of music-affiliated graphic novels.


About Grateful Dead:

Grateful Dead is a social and musical phenomenon that grew into a genuine American treasure. In 1965, an entire generation was linked together by common ideals, beliefs and most importantly music, gathering by the hundreds and thousands. This movement created a seamless connection between the band and its fans because of their love for the songs they created and the unique experience around each live performance. As the band toured, Dead Heads would follow. Not because it was a part of popular culture, but because it is a true counterculture that exists to this very day-one that earnestly believes in the value of its beliefs. By 1995, Grateful Dead had attracted the most concert goers in the history of the music business, and today remain one of the all-time leaders in concert ticket sales. Eventually, the caravan evolved into a community with various artists, craftsmen and entrepreneurs supplying a growing demand for merchandise that connected them to the music. Today, the connection is as strong as ever. The band was inducted in to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1994 and received a Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Their final tally of 2,318 total concerts remains a world record.

About Z2 Comics:

Z2 Comics launched in 2012, following the posthumous release of legendary cartoonist Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland. Since that time, the company has morphed and evolved into the premier destination for top quality music-based comics and graphic novels, having worked across genres to deliver an authentic experience to diverse audiences. Some of the publisher’s recent best-selling books include Apocrypha: The Legend of BABYMETALYUNGBLUD Presents: The Twisted Tales of the Ritalin Club and EDEN: A Skillet Graphic Novel, alongside debut works of graphic fiction by Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), DJ Paul Oakenfold, internet sensation Poppy, jazz trumpeter Dave Chisholm and others. Upcoming works include books created with partnership with The Grateful Dead, Sturgill Simpson and more, Z2 Comics continues to push the envelope across mediums with their unique brand of music and comics integration.

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