The Grateful Dead “Shakedown Street” vinyl record album autographed on the cover in ballpoint pen by three members: Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Keith Godchaux.
It is very rare to see multiple signed albums including Garcia, but Godchaux’s autograph is extremely scarce.
The album has noticeable liquid stains on the front and back cover, but still presents quite nicely. The album has been discounted accordingly, and presents an extremely rare change for you to own a Dead album with Jerry’s elusive and highly coveted signature.
Sold with Certificates of Authenticity from The Autograph Source and independent third-party authenticator Beckett Authentication Services (BAS).
Shakedown Street, released in 1978, was the final album for Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux, who left the band a few months after its release. The record was produced by Lowell George (of Little Feat) and John Kahn.
The album cover art is by underground comix artist Gilbert Shelton. The front cover features the cartoonist’s reimagining of the San Rafael warehouse district where the band had their practice and storage facility Characters in the illustration resemble those from Shelton’s The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. The back cover features the “Invisible Pimp”, Shelton’s character in a green zoot suit, twirling the fob of his watch chain and finger snapping. Sometimes called the “Doo-Dah Man” (after a lyric in “Truckin'”), it was originally drawn as a skeleton, but then rendered bodyless, except for smiling teeth and a pair of eyes. It became one of the many icons associated with the Grateful Dead, appearing in all manner of official and fan-produced art.
Shakedown Street was an extremely important release for the Dead and is chock full of songs that would become staples in the years to come.