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The Ultimate Grateful Dead Quiz
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They left a patchouli-scented wake across the world. How much do you know about the Grateful Dead?

How did the musicians choose a name for their band?

  • A dictionary
  • A Ouija board
  • A psychic

Roughly how many albums has the band sold worldwide?

  • 97 million
  • 35 million
  • 20 million

Which of the band's songs is listed as a U.S. national treasure?

  • "Truckin"
  • "Friend of the Devil"
  • "Uncle John's Band"

How many different people played in the band throughout its lifespan?

  • 18
  • 12
  • 9

In which year was the band formed?

  • 1965
  • 1959
  • 1957

What was the nickname of the sound system built just for the band's tours?

  • Lucy
  • The Fortress
  • Wall of Sound

How many Top 10 hits did the band record?

  • 1
  • 4
  • 8

The band originally went by which name?

  • Wandering Wizards
  • Magic Men
  • Warlocks

About how many different songs did the band perform live?

  • 250
  • 500
  • 700

On which album cover did the lightning bolt and skull graphic first appear?

  • "Anthem of the Sun"
  • "Steal Your Face"
  • "History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear's Choice)"

To what ailment did Ron "Pigpen" McKernan succumb?

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Cancer
  • Heart attack

What were the "dancing bears" actually doing, according to the artist that created them?

  • Marching
  • Singing
  • Falling down

What was the name of the band's only Top 10 hit?

  • "Casey Jones"
  • "Truckin"
  • "Touch of Grey"

Why did Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux leave the band?

  • They struggled with drug abuse.
  • They had family obligations.
  • They were injured in a car accident.

The cover of "American Beauty" is an ambigram that also reads as what?

  • "American Reality"
  • "American Brutality"
  • "American Hearts"

What band inspired the Dead to pursue rock instead of jug music?

  • The Moody Blues
  • The Beatles
  • The Rolling Stones

Tom Constanten worked in the Air Force doing what job?

  • Piloting
  • Bomb loading
  • Computer programming

Sometimes the band's live version of "Dark Star" would run about how long?

  • 19 minutes
  • 50 minutes
  • 90 minutes

How many AWOLs did Jerry Garcia receive during his nine-month stint in the Army?

  • 8
  • 4
  • 2

Robert Hunter took part in a Stanford University experiment on what subject?

  • Psychedelic chemicals
  • Pain response
  • Smoking

Donna Jean Godchaux was a backup singer for which No. 1 song?

  • "Make it With You"
  • "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"
  • "When a Man Loves a Woman"

About how many live shows did the band play?

  • 3200
  • 2300
  • 1700

Which of the band's albums was the first to crack the Top 40?

  • "Steal Your Face"'
  • "American Beauty"
  • "Workingman's Dead"

In total, roughly how many people saw the band perform live?

  • 25 million
  • 43 million
  • 82 million

How did Vince Welnick die?

  • A fan attacked him.
  • He cut his own throat.
  • He was stabbed by a serial killer.

How did Jerry Garcia lose part of one finger?

  • The family dog bit him.
  • His brother chopped it off with an ax.
  • He ran with scissors.

Which band member died of a drug overdose?

  • Brent Myland
  • Jerry Garcia
  • Bob Weir

For how many bands did Phil Lesh play bass guitar before joining the Dead?

  • 0
  • 2
  • 5

For their 1974 tour, how many speakers did the band use for their performances?

  • 604
  • 290
  • 146

In what year did Jerry Garcia die?

  • 1993
  • 1995
  • 1999