Listen to the Grateful Dead’s Set From M.I.T.’s Dupont Gym in 1970

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by Sabrina Boyd (@SabrinaKayaB)

On May 7, 1970, the Grateful Dead stopped by our hometown – well, right next door in Cambridge – to play at M.I.T.

Recordings of the set from inside the school’s Dupont Gym are rare – the only sources are bootleg fan tape recordings – but thatjust adds to the magic.

The night consisted of 3 distinct sets, starting with an acoustic set from the Grateful Dead, something that was hardly ever heard at the time.

Jerry Garcia‘s New Riders of the Purple Sage jumped in the middle, and the Grateful Dead came back to close out the show with a classic electric set.

Fan site describes the tapes as “mind boggling.” The author was particularly impressed with the acoustic set, which “exudes a certain undeniable comfortable swagger from the band. Their interplay with the crowd smacks of confidence.”

Listen to the…

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