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MICKEY HART
BIOGRAPHY

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Birth Named: Michael Steven Hartman

DOB: September 11, 1943

Born Brooklyn NY

Raised in Long Island N.Y. attended Lawrence High School. Dropped out as a senior and traveled to Europe. Mickey’s parents were Champion Rudimentary Drummers. They moved to California and opened Hart Music in San Carlos, where they catered to percussion instruments.

Mickey took a liking to drums in his teens. He especially followed a Nigerian drummer named Babatunde Olantunji. Hart studied under the master and collaborated with him before, during and after his affiliation with the Grateful Dead.

When he took a sabbatical from the Dead between 71 & 74 he recorded ‘Rolling Thunder’. A sonic masterpiece. Mickey has been married since 1990 to a lawyer and environmental activist Carol Hart. They have two children, Taro and Jerry. Mickey is the only member of the Dead of Jewish descent.

Bill Kreutzmann and himself are known as ‘the rhythm devils’. From the eighties until Jerry’s death, they thoroughly entertained fans with their lengthy jams incorporating a myriad of gongs, kettle drums, bells and whistles.

Besides his time with the Grateful Dead, Mickey embarked on many solo projects and authored several books relating to percussion and the cosmic vibrations. He has single-handedly exposed more people to a plethora of percussion styles and artists than anyone on the planet.

He marches to his own beat. A drumming visionary whose influence spans all horizons. A conscious person fully realizing his effect on his surroundings. Always pushing the edges of percussion at new angles, expanding his repertoire. Long may you keep the beat.

 

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