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Philip Chapman Lesh, 15 March 1940, Berkeley, California, USA. A formally trained trumpeter from an academic and classically trained background, Phil Lesh began playing bass guitar on joining the Warlocks in 1965. An R&B act formed around disaffected folk musicians, the group later evolved into the Grateful Dead. Lesh quickly became an intrinsic part of the group as an improviser and composer, although this latter role has decreased over the years. He was also responsible for editing and remixing the original tapes of the bands Anthem Of The Sun and Aoxomoxoa when they were re-released during the 70s. He made a significant contribution to If I Could Only Remember My Name, David Crosbys 1971 solo debut.
In 1975, Lesh completed Seastones, an experimental collaboration with electronics wizard Ned Lagin. Described as cybernetic bio-music by a contemporary newsletter, the set used a battery of technological gadgets and...