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Mickey Hart
Mickey Hart is a drummer, an ethnomusicologist, and an author. He is best known for his nearly three decades as an integral part of the Grateful Dead. As half of the percussion tandem known as the Rhythm Devils, Hart and Bill Kreutzmann transcended the conventions of rock drumming. Their extended polyrhythmic excursions were highlights of Grateful Dead shows, introducing the band's audience to an ever-growing arsenal of percussion instruments from around the world. Exposure to these exotic sounds fueled Hart's desire to learn about the various cultures that produced them. His tireless study of the world's music led Hart to many great teachers and collaborators, including his partners in Planet Drum. Additionally, Hart has composed scores, soundtracks and themes for movies, television, and home video. Recently Hart was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress where he heads up the sub-committee on the digitization and preservation of the Center's vast collections. Mickey Hart is pictured here with Bembé Orisha on July 31st, 2002 at The Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater near Minneapolis.

selected discography:
Rolling Thunder (1976)
The Apocalypse Now Sessions (1980)
Däfos (1983)
Yamantaka (1983)
At the Edge (1990)
Planet Drum (1991)
Mickey Hart's Mystery Box (1996)
Supralingua (1998)
Spirit into Sound (2000)
Best of Mickey Hart: Over the Edge and Back (2002)
Rykodisc page
The Grateful Dead
MN Zoo Setlist