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Warner Chappell has entered into a global administration deal with the Grateful Dead’s publishing company Ice Nine, covering the jam band entire body of work of nearly 200 original songs.
Formed in 1965, the psychedelic rock act toured up until a month before founder Jerry Garcia's death in 1995. During that span, the band released 13 studio albums and dozens of live and archival performances featuring the group’s blend of country, rock and jazz.
Over 60 of the band’s original compositions were penned by the songwriting duo of Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter, who died in September 2019. The pair, who were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame five years ago, wrote many of the band’s catchiest tracks, including "Casey Jones," "Truckin’" (with Bob Weir and Phil Lesh), "Uncle John’s Band," "Touch of Grey" and "Friend of the Devil," among others.
Dead guitarist Bob Weir also contributed original songs over the years, most notable the radio favorite "Sugar Magnolia," co-written with Hunter for the band’s landmark 1970 album American Beauty.
The band continues to release material from their vast archives through a longstanding pact with Warner Music’s Rhino Records.
"The legacy of the Grateful Dead is unparalleled in the history of American music and culture," said Warner Chappell Music co-chair & CEO Guy Moot and co-chair & COO Carianne Marshall. "Their songs, which began as revolutionary touchstones for a generation of music fans, have now entered the modern musical canon of timeless classics. At the same time, their pioneering musicianship set a new standard in musical creativity and improvisation, opening doors to new sounds and experiences."
Moot and Marshall added, "It’s a rare privilege and sacred trust for all of us at Warner Chappell to represent the Dead catalog and to continue to bring their music to their extraordinary fanbase while introducing them to whole new generations of followers."
Ice Nine previously singed a publishing administration deal with Universal Music Publishing Group.
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