"It was so Godchaux could learn the songs...he ended up storing them on his parents' houseboat in Alameda."
The Deadheads' Holy Grail -- tapes of every concert the band has ever played -- is within grasp, thanks to a phone call from the former wife of onetime Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux. Official Dead archivist David Lemieux says Donna Jean Godchaux-Mackay called a few months ago to say she had a box of tapes given to her husband in 1971 by Jerry Garcia.
"They were all live shows from summer 1971, none of which have ever circulated [among Deadheads], and the band has never had copies.... Jerry was always giving out tapes. It was so [Godchaux] could learn the songs...he ended up storing them on his parents' houseboat in Alameda, and that's where they sat for over 30 years, until Keith's brother and son were cleaning up and found them." Keith Godchaux died in a 1980 car crash.
Among the stash is the so-far-uncirculated 8/7/71 San Diego concert, which has been chosen for use in its entirety on Dick's Picks #35, the newest edition in the Dead's compilation series.