Merry Prankster Ken Babbs

Gary Lambert and I have been hosting Dead Air between sets of the livestreams of Dead & Company shows since the summer of 2021. We’ve interviewed members of the band as well as a great variety of other fascinating characters including the mycologist Paul Stamets; Deb Trist, who hosts Dead Air on KLCC in Eugene, Poregon; Jim LeBrecht, co-director of Crip Camp; photographer Rosie McGee; and many more. One of my favorite interview of the entire series was with original Merry Prankster Ken Babbs, talking about his book Cronies, a Burlesque: Adventures with Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, the Merry Pranksters and the Grateful Dead.

Watch it here:

And here are links to the complete set of Dead Air interviews from the 2021 tour:

And the 2022 tour: