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Owsley Stanley, born Augustus Owsley Stanley III, Sound engineer for Grateful Dead, (January 19, 1935 – March 12, 2011) Aged 76

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U.S. Grateful Dead & Other S.F. Bands at 710 Ashbury, San Francisco, 1967 // Photo by Gene Anthony

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"The Wall of Sound" was an enormous public address system designed specifically for the Grateful Dead's live performances in 1974. It was the brainchild of audio engineer Owsley "Bear" Stanley. The Wall of Sound fulfilled the band's desire for a distortion-free sound system that could also serve as its own monitoring system. The Wall of Sound was the largest concert sound system built at that time. #Deadhead

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A drawing of deformed human skull with a lightning bolt across it, alternating red and blue on either side

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Owsley Stanley, Artisan of Acid, Is Dead at 76

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Blue Cheer was a psychedelic band in the 60s-70s. Their loud blues-rock style bordered on heavy metal and is considered to be the pioneer of that genre, as well as punk rock and grunge. The name “Blue Cheer” stems from a street brand of LSD that was created by Grateful Dead soundman (and LSD chemist), Owsley Stanley. Artists: Bob Schnepf Thomas Weir

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