The Grateful Dead in San Francisco, 1970, photographed by Robert Altman/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead
this year, we asked one of our nation’s greatest Grateful fans, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
, for her favorite song. “It’s a tough competition in my family for the favorite Grateful Dead
song. For myself, it’s ‘Fire on the Mountain
,’ however, has been a Pelosi family lullaby for years now. My daughter Christine has sung it to my granddaughter ever since she was three months old, and now my granddaughter sings it herself.
“As a San Franciscan, you’re automatically a Grateful Dead fan,” Leader Pelosi explains. “I love the music: not only is it fun, it is excellent — classically great music.”