Ian MacKaye on what he respected about The Grateful Dead

ian mackaye

I think they’re interesting structurally, in retrospect, for instance their business and the way they flexed their muscles in a good way. In the late 80s or early 90s, before Jerry died, they did these stadium shows, and they had their own ticketing system. They sold tickets directly, and at some point during this stadium tour, Ticketmaster didn’t want them selling directly. They told The Dead that wasn’t happening anymore, so the band told them, “Okay, you’re fired.” And then so Ticketmaster tried to backtrack. At least that’s what I heard, I’m not sure if that’s necessarily true. But anyways, they operated well, they weren’t bullied by the machine. You get that sort of power by saying “No.”

from the excellent interview on Brightest Young Things