My contributions to this year’s WALL OF NEWS will focus on photos and stories from my new book, Improvised Lives: Grateful Dead 1972-1985. Signed copies are available now from https://perfectible.net
SEVA press conference 12/26/79
I was among the journalists invited to a press conference at the Oakland Auditorium before the Grateful Dead’s performance of December 26, 1969. This was the announcement of the SEVA Foundation; speakers included Bob Weir, Wavy Gravy, Ram Dass, and founder Dr. Larry Brilliant.
SEVA began with a program of eye surgery to cure blindness among inmproverished peoples in Asia and elsewhere. According to the website seva.org, “90% of vision impairment can be prevented or cured. In fact, more than half of the world’s blindness is caused by cataracts, a condition that can be reversed with a 15-minute surgery costing only $50…. Seva programs have helped 46 million people see clearly again.” Members of the Grateful Dead have performed countless benefits for Seva – as have countless other musicians, largely thanks to the power of Wavy’s Rolodex.