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Alright, so, i just read this on bt.etree, in the comments for a 5.8.77 torrent... i've never heard this before... can anyone tell me what this is all about? i always like a good conspiracy theory...

Man, I'd hate to be the one to do this, but Cornell never really happened. Haven't you heard yet?

There's been a lot of talk lately about the legendary fake show on

5/8/77. I've kept my silence on the subject for 22 years ... now

it's finally time to come clean on the whole subject.

The whole idea began back in late 1969/early 1970. The Department

of Defense and the CIA were very disappointed by the way the Vietnam

War was progressing. Not only were we losing but, more importantly,

the US public did not approve of the war and, worse yet, weren't

believing everything the military said about what was happening. This

was an unprecedented event. Every other recent war was viewed positively

by the public ... or at least with apathy in the case of Korea. Something

had to be done. They decided to take a page from the Soviets and experiment

with mind control. Together with Disney and a fledgling computer company

called Microsoft, they set out to prove that brainwashing could really

work on the very people who opposed them: the hippies.

It isn't widely known but Cornell was actually the second test of these

mind control procedures. The first occurred in mid-1975 and was a

dismal failure. 2 major mistakes were made. First, they picked the one

time that the Dead were not touring. This created all sorts of problems

with the subject audience. The more serious mistake was in not updating

the criteria of the experiment. Due to typical government inefficiency,

they used the 1969 version of the Dead that was playing when the program

was conceived. The sudden appearance of Pigpen, who had died 2 years

earlier, literally blew the minds of those in attendance. 6 months were

spent erasing all traces of the "show" and carefully rebuilding as much

of their minds as possible. The subjects were eventually released and

most of them became evangelists, their only lingering memory of the

whole experiment being an unshakeable belief that they'd witnessed a

true miracle.

Unfortunately, no tapes have been found from this first experiment. That's

a real shame because the version of Dark Star->St Stephen->Eleven->Lovelight

used was supposedly the best ever. After a few drinks, the original

scientists still speak in awe about the music heard that day.

By Nov 1977, everyone was ready for the second test. This time, they learned

from their mistakes. A small group of college students (including yours

truly) were hired to attend shows from 1976 through 1977. Our job was to

collect tapes of the Dead's performances, select which tunes to use, and to

help identify subjects for the upcoming experiment. The location and date

were chosen with equal care. It was a off-day during the tour and the

location close enough to the real concerts to be believed. Of more

importance was the late snowfall that day. That unusual and easily confirmed

event provided the glue that would hold the implanted memories together.

Even now 22 years later, people "remembering" that concert use almost

identical words to describe leaving the show.

Overall, the experiment was a great success. Of course, some people were

given slightly different memories. Some, like Teddy Goodbear, "remember"

taping the show and were even provided "Audience" tapes to further cement

the hoax. Still others remember getting "horribly smashed" up front. None

of this actually occurred.

A week after the "concert" experiment, a 2nd test was done on the town

of Cornell itself. In order to perfect this hoax, the town itself must

also be convinced that the concert took place. Disney had acquired owner-

ship of all the local TV and radio stations through dummy corporations.

Using special chips developed by Microsoft, they played subliminal

messages to every man, woman and child in a 100 mile radius of Barton

Hall. For the most part, this programming still holds today although

some people did prove resistant to the message.

As far as the source of the music, for the most part the list posted by

"brew ziggins" is correct. The only mystery remaining is the Scarlet->

Fire. That was actually performed by the Dead specifically for this

experiment. Since Jerry worked for the CIA, it was easy to convince him

and the rest of the band to go along. Plus he liked the idea of "pranking"

a large group of people like this. The fabled 2/6/77 "take a step back"

rehearsal tape is also from material taped for these experiments.

The soundboard tapes in circulation were leaked by Betty O'Connell who

edited the original tapes. I don't know if it was just a coincidence or

not, but they were leaked at about the same time as the tapes recorded

by Betty Cantor were found. In any event, they became part of the

so-called "Betty Boards". Leaking these tapes also provided the first

cracks in the hoax to appear since the tapes were distributed to people

who were not in the experiment and who knew that no show was performed

that day. It was necessary to obtain their silence through blackmail,

bribery and in extreme cases, mind control itself. That's also how this

"show" came to be listed in all the popular Dead show guides like DeadBase.

So what's happened to these mind control techniques used in this experiment?

I got out of the program in 1978 but it's obvious that they are still being

used today. Microsoft has used this power to become one of the biggest,

most influential companies in history. They sure didn't become that big by

providing quality products. It was used to shape public relation to the Gulf

War. It's also clear that George Bush never understood the full power of

these methods. After the Gulf War, the technology was leaked to a young

governor who used them to be successfully elected to 2 terms as president

and remain in power despite facing numerous charges that should have seen

him removed from office or even thrown in prison. There are also indications

that this technology might explain the otherwise unbelievable popularity

of rap music.

That's the whole story. I'll probably end up in jail (or worse) for

revealing this but it feels good to finally get the whole thing off

my chest.

My buddy Scratchie, who is currently on Hiatus from rmgdead, requested that

I post the real story. So here it is:

In honor of the anniversary of The Greatest Show That Never Really



Track listing Actual Source

------------ ---------------

1.Minglewood Blues [4:47] Winterland 3/20/77

2.Loser [7:30] Springfield 4/23/77

3.El Paso [4:22] Chicago 5/13/77

4.They Love Each Other [6:59] Lakeland 5/21/77

5.Jack Straw [6:00] Tempe 10/6/77

6.Deal [5:43] St. Paul 5/11/77

7.Lazy Lightnin' [3:29] > St. Louis 5/15/77

8.Supplication [4:21] "

9.Brown-Eyed Women [5:12] Winterland 6/8/77

10.Mama Tried [2:37] Seattle 9/29/77

11.Row Jimmy [10:52] Fox, Atlanta 5/19/77

12.Dancin' in the Streets [15:43] Pembroke Pines 5/22/77 (DP3)

Set II:

13.Scarlet Begonias [9:14] > ???

14.Fire on the Mountain [15:21] ???

15.Estimated Prophet [8:32] Passaic NJ 4/27/77

16.St. Stephen [4:43] > Mostly Passaic NJ 6/18/76

17.Not Fade Away [16:22] > with some tricky splicing of the

18.St. Stephen [1:53] > middle of an unidentifed NFA

19.Morning Dew [13:36] Cow Palace 12/31/76


20.One More Saturday Night [4:54] Springfield 4/23/77

oh, and, well, whaddaya think? bullshit? not bullshit? to use the word of the week: discuss.

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it's pretty creative, anyhow. hilarious to even conceive of that, but hey, thats what drugs'll make ya do... hahah.

i have a copy of the show and never would have thought it to be a fake... in fact, i have at least one of the other shows mentioned, too... think i'll do some comparisons later on just for kicks.. haha.. maybe i'll do a shitload of drugs, too, and come up with my own conspiracy theory..


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ive heard this story too. When i used to use furthernet all the time i was taking to a guy for a couple of years and he said he was there and it was a zoo in there. Not saying he was or not but hey. Im also curious to see if these songs match the original dates, let me know. This is the first i heard about the microsoft chips that makes it sound really fishy if you ask me.

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What do you guys think about the Dead selling out their indepentant rights to corporate music conglomerates? They seem quite committed to business over music anymore. This was always what I loved about the Dead, their ability to keep the wild wolves out of the picture and retain control of a great venture themselves. But that is all Dead now... booooo! It's all side effect of driving a train that the conductor put to rest,.. sure it still takes the same route but things just aren't the same. The caboose just doesn't whip around the corner the way it used to.

If the mirror is smashed one cannott see themselves through it any longer, Garcia was that mirror and the reflection is now distorted. I wish we could simply say goodbye.

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