Lawrence "Ramrod" Shurtliff, legendary crew chief for the Grateful Dead has died from lung cancer at Petaluma Valley Hospital. He was 61 years old. Known throughout the biz simply as Ramrod, this legendary character was first in and last out of every show played by the Dead. He began his career with them back in the 1960s, when the Grateful Dead were playing clubs and dive bars around San Francisco and Oakland. "I remember when he first showed up at 710 Ashbury," said Dead drummer Mickey ...

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