Jerry Garcia: Roots Man

Grateful Dead and its leader, Jerry Garcia, opted out of conventional modes and frameworks. He did not follow convention, he defied it artfully. Growing up in the Mission District of San Francisco during the Beat generation was formative, and Jerry was not going to be a square. Jerry was going to be an artist and an adventurer.

Folk music was the music of cultural change, and Jerry liked the sounds made by the banjo — an…