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Covering Relix: I Know You Rider with Les Kippel (September_October 1975)

March 31, 2014

Our special 40th anniversary issue of Relix includes Relix founder Les Kippel's look back at some of the magazine's covers. Here's what he has to say about Vol. 2 No. 5 from September_October 1975. In last month's installment of Covering Relix, Les spoke about the premiere issue.

I KNOW YOU RIDER– Vol. 2, No. 5. A new wave of inspiration set on us as we tried to translate Grateful Dead songs into imagery—something that was a new concept. This issue tied in the words from “I Know You Rider:” “I wish I was a headlight on a northbound train/I’d shine my light through the cool Colorado rain.” Gary added a homage to a favorite local band by labeling the train Sundance Express. This was also the first time anywhere that [future Grateful Dead archivist] Dick Latvala came out as a tape collecting Deadhead, with his letter to the editor about his thoughts on collecting. Remember, this was 1975 and Dick was living in Pahoa, Hawaii!

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