Ice Nine Music

Ice Nine Music

Music rights and print publishing company of the members and heirs of deceased members of The Grateful Dead. Administered by Universal Music Publishing Group since September, 2014. Overseen by Janet Soto-Knudsen and has Robert Hunter as CEO. It has been associated with both BMI and ASCAP in the past.

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Robert Hunter, chief lyricist of The Grateful Dead, chose the name based on Ice-9, a new form of water, which once released from its vial would crystallize all forms of water on the planet to permanent ice from Kurt Vonnegut's novel, 'Cat's Cradle'.
Ice Nine's logo is the I Ching hexagram for 'Gathering Together' changing to 'Holding Together'.

Rock Scully was instrumental in forming Ice Nine as a partnership of Grateful Dead's writers in 1967. The legendary San Francisco music lawyer of the time, Brian Rohan set it up. Ice Nine was registered as a corporation by the Dead’s long time attorney, Hal Kant in 1970.

As an Independent company Ice Nine handled North American music rights and the Dead's newsletter. Warner Bros. Music Co. administered the foreign collections and print publishing. CEO and majority shareholder, Robert Hunter, always oversaw Ice Nine and still has veto powers over Universal pertaining to rights usage. For most of its independent life, day-to-day management and licensing administration was the domain of Alan Trist, from 1970 until 2014 with a brief hiatus in the early - mid 90s. Annette Flowers, Bonnie Parker (3), Eileen Law, Nancy Mallonee and Janet Soto-Knudsen took care of the clerical, bookkeeping and financial administration functions at various times.


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
4-45526 I Don't Know You  album cover New Riders Of The Purple Sage I Don't Know You(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Columbia 4-45526 US 1971 Sell This Version
AS 0315 Bombs Away  album cover Bob Weir Bombs Away(7", Single) Arista AS 0315 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
CBS 7537 Louisiana Lady  album cover New Riders Of The Purple Sage Louisiana Lady(7", Single) CBS CBS 7537 Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
DAS.2115 New Riders Of The Purple Sage  album cover New Riders Of The Purple Sage New Riders Of The Purple Sage(LP, Album) Date DAS.2115 South Africa 1971 Sell This Version
MAM.R 14 Uncle John's Band  album cover Montanas Uncle John's Band(7", Single, Promo) MAM MAM.R 14 UK 1971 Sell This Version
MFSL 2-430 Jerry Garcia / David Grisman  album cover Jerry Garcia / David Grisman Jerry Garcia / David Grisman - Jerry Garcia / David Grisman(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 2-430 US 2014 Sell This Version
MPF-4533 Keystone Encores Volume I  album cover Merl Saunders, Jerry Garcia, John Kahn, Bill Vitt Merl Saunders, Jerry Garcia, John Kahn, Bill Vitt - Keystone Encores Volume I(LP, Album) Fantasy MPF-4533 US 1988 Sell This Version
ZD 44023-2 Great Sky River  album cover Jazz Is Dead Great Sky River(HDCD, Album) Zebra Records ZD 44023-2 US 2001 Sell This Version