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Mickey Hart - Living Legends

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Awarded: April 2000
(b. Sept. 11, 1943)

For nearly three decades, Mickey Hart was percussionist with the Grateful Dead. He is also a social activist concerned with the problems of the aging, the relationship between rhythm and healing, ecology and the environment, and most recently the plight of deteriorating and at-risk ethnographic field recordings. He created the Endangered Music Project to issue, in easily available CD form, field recordings of world music from the Archive of Folk Culture, and is currently on the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center. Author of two books on the history of drumming, Hart won a Grammy in 1991, in the world music category, for his album “Planet Drum.”

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