Jerry Garcia Was as Much Guru as Musician

There have been other bands that made better music, sold more records and did more to shape rock during the last three decades than the Grateful Dead, but no group forged a deeper or more visible bond with its audience--and Jerry Garcia was at the heart of that bond.

As much a guru as a musician to millions, Garcia radiated gentleness and warmth, and his death Wednesday will touch much of the rock world as deeply as the earlier losses of such icons as Elvis Presley and John Lennon.

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