Jerry Garcia Week: 9 DAZE OF HAIGHT – Day #SEVEN: Knock, Knock, Knocking on HEAVEN’s Door

START “HEAR”: Jerry Garcia Band w/Clarence Clemons: Knockin' on Heaven's Door - 09-10-1989 - Mansfield, MA (12:38)

--the saxophone of Clarence Clemons adds to the effects…Close your eyes and you might drift back to the Village and be in one of the clubs of yesteryear or today: Village Vanguard, Café Wha?, Gaslight Cafe. If you got a few, check out the Wikipedia links for some cool history…

--yet another song about outlaws – a frequent subject for the band



Grateful Dead - Knockin' On Heaven's Door 7-7-89 (08:55)

--In this version, at 07:35 they included these refrain lyrics:

“Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door

Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door

Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door

Just like so many times before…”

Considering Jerry’s lifestyle choices, it’s likely he was in this place several times…


DIGGIN’ DEEPER...


The Story Behind 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door' By Bob Dylan

--An iconic song he was asked to write for the 1973 Western movie “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid.” AND, he also played a role…

--includes links to some amazing covers…Check ‘em out!

--Gotta share one:

In October 2007, 1,730 guitarists in Shillong, India strummed this song for five minutes to set a world record for the largest ever guitar ensemble.


Bob Dylan Remembers Jerry Garcia (RollingStone)


Did Bob Dylan really say that Jerry Garcia played his songs like he imagines them in his head?


Dylan & the Dead Album - February 06, 1989

--released in 1989, it features songs from the six 1987 "Dylan & the Dead" shows


This one’s in a league of its own…Hmm, 20,000 leagues under the sea…


Guns N' Roses - Knockin' On Heaven's Door Live In Tokyo 1992 (12:54)

--WATCHING Axl cavort around the stage AMPlifies the energy of his and the band’s performance. Do you agree? And he added these lyrics:

"You just better start sniffin' your own

rank subjugation jack 'cause it's just you

against your tattered libido, the bank and

the mortician, forever man and it wouldn't

be luck if you could get out of life alive"


Guns N Roses - Knocking on Heavens Door – with imaginative water imagery (05:23)


Knockin' in Africa...


Knockin' on Heaven's Door | Afro Fiesta w/Twanguero & I-Taweh | Playing For Change (05:26)

--In dual languages with musicians from around our shared world.

--(from the video description) In honor of Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday today, we’re excited to share this acoustic rendition of his hit song “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” This intimate performance features Afro Fiesta (Mermans Mosengo and Jason Tamba) along with Twanguero and I-Taweh performing live outside during a special filming of Mark’s Park.


Eric...


Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door - Eric Clapton 1977 (04:56)

--with a reggae interpretation


Dylan’s for the Byrds...


Bob Dylan, Roger McGuinn, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, 1976 (09:11)

--segues into “Lay, Lady, Lay”


PURE BOB…


Bob Dylan - Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Official HD Video) (04:33)

--includes these lyrics that Jerry used:

“Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door

Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door

Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door

Just like so many times before…”


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