Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Psychedelic animation of the Grateful Dead from the Mars Hotel

Although the building mentioned in the title of the Grateful Dead’s 1974 album Grateful Dead from the Mars Hotel is a shabby hotel that once stood in a neighborhood in San Francisco, the art on the front cover of the album seems to depict a hotel on the planet Mars, while the art on the back cover seems to portray the band members as some kind of aliens. In any case, check out this 6-minute sequence of psychedelic animation that I believe was created by Gary Gutierrez for The Grateful Dead Movie (1977).

Presumably, award-winning science fiction author Allen Steele is a big Dead fan, as his first published piece was a short story entitled “Live from the Mars Hotel” (1988), reprinted in the anthology Isaac Asimov’s Mars (1991).

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