ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) " The Grateful Dead performed one of their most fabled shows May 8, 1977, at a Cornell University field house.
Revered by Deadheads and honored by the Library of Congress, the Barton Hall show is back in the psychedelic spotlight on its 40th anniversary.
"Grateful Dead Day" will be rung in Monday with Dead tunes played on Cornell's venerable bell tower. A new book on the show " "Cornell '77" " is out. And a recording titled "Cornell 5/8/77" is being commercially released to complement bootleg tapes that have stoked the show's reputation for four decades.
The Dead played an estimated 2,300 shows over three decades before frontman Jerry Garcia's 1995 death. Identifying the best show is impossible. But Barton Hall is a consistent contender listed by critics and fans.