January 31, 1970

Jan31On this day in 1970, the Grateful Dead were arrested in New Orleans for possession of LSD and barbituates, an incident which would inspire one of their most famous songs, ‘Truckin’.

Apparently the band had difficulty with mob interests in Texas, and the mob alerted the NOPD. That explains lines such as, ”Houston, too close to New Orleans” and “Set up, like a bowling pin.”

1 Comment on January 31, 1970

  1. Good info. Lucky me I found your blog by accident (stumbleupon).
    I’ve saved as a favorite for later!

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