A Rock Scully tie-dye speaker cover, early 1970s

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Lot 11
A Rock Scully tie-dye speaker cover, early 1970s

Sold for US$ 4,800 inc. premium
A Rock Scully tie-dye speaker cover, early 1970s
A large, rectangular piece of cotton tie-dyed in shades of yellow, purple, green, turquoise, and pink that was used for one of The Grateful Dead's onstage speaker covers in their famous "Wall of Sound;" in rare excellent condition.
53 x 29in

Footnotes

  • "The ever changing face of The Grateful Dead’s sound system had its beginnings at Bob Weir’s Rukka Rukka Ranch [in western Marin County, California] in the summer of 1970. An Englishman named Courtenay Pollock, who had been tie-dying scarves for flea markets and shops, stopped in at Weir’s place to show us his technique. The demonstration was done with a piece of bed sheet. The brilliant colors and the "mandala" design was an immediate hit with all present and within short order, Weir’s Fender amp had a new tie-dye cover. During the next fifteen years, tie-dye speaker covers graced our stage in many different colorful configurations. After it became apparent in the mid-1970s that our monster of a sound system was a financial liability, we started selling off many of our home-made [by Hard Trucker Speakers] cabinets. They went to The Allman Brothers, The Airplane, The Who, and The Stones, to name a few. Many of these tie-dyes took a terrible beating on the road and often had to be replaced. The two in this auction [LOT 11 and LOT 12] I received in the late 1970s when we were selling several speaker cabinets. The bright one [LOT 11] I had stored in a foot locker for over twenty years and it only saw daylight a few weeks ago when I brought it to Bonhams & Butterfields' San Francisco office. (The folds from its speaker frame can still be seen.) The faded one [LOT 12] had seen service as a curtain onstage for awhile and was later washed and ironed. Courtenay Pollock later had the honor of receiving a commission from Bill Graham to assemble a massive tie-dyed scrim to serve as the backdrop at U.C. Berkeley’s Greek Theater."
    -Rock Scully
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