Born: Brooklyn, New York, September 11, 1943
Mickey Hart, the Grateful Dead’s new drummer, turns 65 today. He was born to answer the question, ‘why would a rock band need two drummers?’
Besides his ongoing percussion passion – which, since the Grateful Dead called it a day, has bloomed into the Global Drum Project, the Mickey Hart Band, the Rhythm Devils, four books and a Las Vegas volcano, Mickey has been drumming up interest in environmental causes, the preservation of roots music, and, most recently, has been promoting Head Count, the organization that sends voter registration teams on the road with the big rock acts.
Here he is with Bob Weir just a few months ago.
Congrats, man. I will refrain from making remarks about ‘what a long strange trip it’s been’. Welcome to the club.
Photo by Herb Greene