Owsley "Bear" Stanley died this weekend in Australia. He was 76. Here's a brief story.
Bear's Choice is a wonderful album, and I've always thought it was under-appreciated. It came out a few years after their greatest work: Workingman's Dead and American Beauty, both of which should be on anyone's list of the top albums of all time, but Bear's Choice is a wonderful, alternate look at their music. It's more bluesy, but most importantly Bear's Choice is your best introduction to Ron "Pigpen" McKernan.
RIP, Bear, here's someone thinking of you.