Jerry Garcia vocalist and lead guitarist was the most popular member of the Grateful Dead. Jerry was The Dead's its spiritual leader. He appeared in the Woodstock film holding a joint saying ""Marijuna Exhibit A."
Jerry formed the Grateful dead Band by 1965-66 through a series of evolutions and experiments with sounds which combined the influences of country-and-western, the blues, jazz, and rhythm-and-blues. The Woodstock Festival performance was plagued by technical problems in the heavy rains of Saturday night whereby faulty electrical grounds caused Garcia and Weir to be shocked each time they touched their guitars. They called it their worst performance ever and excluded thenselves from the first release of the Woodstock documentary film. The Grateful Dead was famous for its live performances with legions of fans who camped out for days to buy tickets. Nicknamed Deadheads, these fans followed the band about the country. The sold-out concerts documented the fashions, attitudes, and communal ideals of the 1960s. In 1994 the Grateful Dead was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The group disbanded in 1995 after Garcia's death that year.