70s Grateful Dead Ice Cream Kid Distressed Tour t-shirt Medium
Chest 19.5 in.
Length 24 in.
Content: 100% Cotton
Tag Brand: Hi Neck
This incredible classic rock t-shirt is an original piece of merchandise that was made all the way back in the 1970s, and it features an iconic image representing the band the Grateful Dead. The front of this tee showcases the famous Ice Cream Kid graphic that was used for the band's live album Europe '72.
The album itself is just as beloved among fans as the images that adorn it. Europe '72 was a triple album that consisted of the best recordings from the Grateful Dead's 1972 European Tour, and highlights among the track list included "Brown-Eyed Women", "Tennessee Jed", and "Ramble on Rose". Fans of the Dead, or Deadheads as they are affectionately called, can tell you that the draw of a live Grateful Dead performance is that no two shows are ever the same. The Grateful Dead made a name for themselves as one of the most iconic jam bands of all time, and all of their live shows were marked by their improvisational approach to music. Because of this, fans were often encouraged to tape their shows so that these unique musical moments could be recorded for posterity. Several of the tracks included on Europe '72 are considered to be some of the more definitive versions of the band's songs. One particularly notable song off the album is the version of "Morning Dew" which was recorded at the Lyceum Theatre on May 26, 1972. Many consider this to be one of the best versions of "Morning Dew" ever played.
The Ice Cream Kid was designed by frequent Grateful Dead collaborators Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse, also known as Kelly/Mouse studios. The duo met in San Francisco, California in the mid 60s, and quickly became known for their psychedelic posters promoting local events like dances and concerts at the Family Dog Denver. The Dog wasn't open for long, but the venue was iconic for hosting future big name acts like The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, and Cream. Mouse and Kelley continued to work together for over fifteen years, and during that time they made some of the most recognizable art of the 1960s counterculture era. One of the pair's most famous creations was another Grateful Dead icon, the rose adorned skeleton, lovingly named Bertha, which first appeared on a gig poster for a 1966 Grateful Dead concert at the Avalon Ballroom.
This amazing 1970s tee is a unique find that has been long since replicated due to it's celebrated iconography. It's a historic piece of rock memorabilia that dates back to the earlier years of the Grateful Dead's extensive legacy.
Fits like a modern unisex adult medium. This shirt is faded and distressed with spots throughout and a run on the front, see pics.