Grateful Dead Publishing Company Inks with Warner Chappell

Grateful Dead Publishing Company Inks with Warner Chappell
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Grateful Dead Publishing Company Inks with Warner Chappell
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Warner Chappell Music has announced that it has concluded a global publishing deal with Ice Nine, which is the Grateful Dead’s publishing company. This deal has been signed to cover the band’s entire catalog, including almost 200 songs over the three decades in which they existed. The deal is set to be a major boost for the iconic band’s extensive fanbase, as it will allow their music to reach a new generation of fans.

Interestingly, the name Ice Nine comes from a weapon of mass destruction that caused havoc in Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel Cat’s Cradle. This name was chosen by the Grateful Dead’s publishing company as a nod to the book’s themes of destruction and chaos, which the band felt resonated with their own music and message.

The Grateful Dead were first signed by Warner Bros. Records in 1966, and over the years, the band released 13 studio albums. However, they were more known for their live performances, which totaled more than 2,300. From these performances, they released 10 live albums as well as a series of 130 archival releases. More than 60 of the band’s songs were composed in part by Robert Hunter, who passed away this past autumn.

Guy Moot, who is the music co-chair and the CEO of Warner Chappell, and Carianne Marshall, who is their co-chair and the COO, issued a joint statement in conjunction with the announcement. They said, “The legacy of the Grateful Dead is unparalleled in the history of American music and culture. Their songs, which began as revolutionary touchstones for a generation of music fans, have now entered the modern musical canon of timeless classics. At the same time, their pioneering musicianship set a new standard in musical creativity and improvisation, opening doors to new sounds and experiences. It’s a rare privilege and sacred trust for all of us at Warner Chappell to represent the Dead catalog and to continue to bring their music to their extraordinary fanbase while introducing them to whole new generations of followers.”

This deal is a major milestone for the Grateful Dead’s publishing company, which has been working to expand the band’s reach and influence for decades. The band’s music has always had a unique place in American culture, with fans from all walks of life coming together to celebrate their eclectic sound and message of peace and unity. With this new deal, the band’s music is set to reach an even wider audience, ensuring that their legacy will continue to inspire and uplift generations to come.

In 1994, the Grateful Dead were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Hunter and Jerry Garcia were further both inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015. These accolades are a testament to the enduring popularity and influence of the band’s music, which has continued to resonate with fans around the world for over five decades.

Overall, this new deal between Ice Nine and Warner Chappell is a major milestone for the Grateful Dead and their fans. With their music set to reach a new generation of listeners, the band’s legacy is sure to endure for decades to come. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a newcomer to their music, there’s never been a better time to explore the timeless classics of one of America’s most iconic bands.