The Grateful Dead played more than 2,000 concerts, but none
continues to spark interest and provoke discussion quite like the
band’s performance at Cornell University’s Barton Hall on May 8, 1977. It is
one of the most collected, traded, and debated concerts by any band ever, has
topped numerous fan polls through the years, and was a favorite of the group’s longtime
archivist Dick Latvala, who stated: “Enough can’t be said about this superb show.” Even Uncle
Sam got into the act in 2011 when the recording was “deemed so important to the history and
culture of the United States” that a copy was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.