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For close to 30 years, drummer Mickey Hart paired with Bill Kreutzmann to form the rhythm section for the iconic rock 'n' roll band the Grateful Dead.
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In 1990, Hart published his first book, Drumming at the Edge of Magic. Like all of his writing since, the book focused on Hart's first passion, music. In 1995, when the Grateful Dead's founding member, Jerry Garcia, died, the group disbanded. Hart continued to tour and record solo,
but also occasionally perform with some of the Dead's former members under the name The Other Ones.
Hart's many musical honors include a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2007), and an induction into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2009. In recent years, he has debuted new songs with the Mickey Hart Band.
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