Hart at the Web 2.0 conference in 2005
|Birth name||Michael Steven Hartman|
|Born||September 11, 1943|
|Origin||Brooklyn, NY, United States|
|Genres||Rock, world music|
|Associated acts||Grateful Dead, The Other Ones, The Dead, Rhythm Devils|
Mickey Hart (born Michael Steven Hartman; September 11, 1943) is an American percussionist and musicologist. He is best known as one of the two drummers of the rock band the Grateful Dead. He was a member of the Grateful Dead from September 1967 to February 1971, and from October 1974 to August 1995. He and fellow Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann earned the nickname "the rhythm devils".
Hart joined the Grateful Dead in September 1967, and left in February 1971 when he extricated himself from the band, due to conflict between band management and Mickey's father. During his sabbatical, in 1972, he recorded the album Rolling Thunder. He returned to the Dead in 1974, and remained with the group until their official dissolution in 1995. Collaboration with the remaining members of the Grateful Dead continues, under the band name The Dead.
Alongside his work with the Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart has flourished as a solo artist, percussionist, and the author of several books. In these endeavors he has pursued a lifelong interest in ethnomusicology and in world music. His travels and his interest in all things percussion-related led him to collect percussion instruments, and to collaborate with percussion masters the world over.
Hart became interested in percussion as a grade-school student. A few months out of high school he "discovered the work of Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji". Olatunji later taught Hart and collaborated with Hart and the Grateful Dead on a regular basis.
Hart was influential in recording global musical traditions on the verge of possible extinction, working with archivists and ethnomusicologists at both the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution. He is on the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center and has been a spokesperson for the Save Our Sounds audio preservation initiative. He also serves on the Library of Congress National Recorded Sound Preservation Board and is known for reissues and other recordings with historical and cultural value.
Hart has written books on the history and traditions of drumming throughout history. His solo recordings (featuring a variety of guest musicians) are percussive of course, but also verge on New Age music categorically. His enthusiasm for world music traditions and preservation and collaborative efforts is comparable to that of guitarist Ry Cooder.
In 2000, Hart became a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to seek to establish new knowledge and develop more effective therapies which awaken, stimulate and heal through the extraordinary power of music – continuing his investigation into the connection between healing and rhythm, and the neural basis of rhythm. In 2003, he was honored with the organization’s Music Has Power Award, recognizing his advocacy and continuous commitment to raising public awareness of the positive effect of music.
After the death of Jerry Garcia and the consequent dissolution of the Grateful Dead in 1995, Hart continued to play music with various groups including members of the Grateful Dead. In the 1996 Furthur Festival, Mickey Hart's Mystery Box played, as did Bob Weir's band Ratdog.
In 2005, Hart and the members of the band Particle joined to create the Hydra Project.
During 2006, Hart teamed up with fellow Grateful Dead bandmate Bill Kreutzmann, Phish bassist Mike Gordon and former The Other Ones lead guitarist Steve Kimock, to form the Rhythm Devils, a nickname that refers to Hart and Kreutzmann's drum duets and improvisation. The band features songs from their respective repertoires as well as new songs written by Jerry Garcia's songwriting companion Robert Hunter. The Rhythm Devils announced their first tour in 2006, which ended at the popular Vegoose festival in Las Vegas, Nevada over the Halloween weekend.
In June and July 2008, Hart led the Mickey Hart Band on a U.S. concert tour. The band consists of Hart, Steve Kimock on guitar and pedal steel guitar, George Porter, Jr. on bass, Kyle Hollingsworth on keyboards, Sikiru Adepoju on talking drum, Walfredo Reyes, Jr. on drums, and Jen Durkin on vocals.
In 2010 Hart debuted "Rhythms of the Universe," a composition based on a variety of astrophysical data. The composition represents a collaboration between scientist and artist, using their own sophisticated tools. Nobel Laureate in physics George Smoot from the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and Keith Jackson, a computer scientist and musician also from LBNL, are providing some of the data for the project. The final result will be a musical “history of the universe", from the Big Bang onwards through galaxy and star formation, up until modern times, including images from the Hubble Space Telescope and rhythms derived from the cosmic background radiation, supernovae, quasars, and many other astrophysical phenomena. The work premiered at the conference "Cosmology on the Beach" in Playa de Carmen in January 2010.
In April 2010, it was announced that Rhythm Devils will tour in the summer of 2010 with a new lineup including Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann (assorted percussion), Keller Williams (guitar, vocals), Sikiru Adepoju (talking drum), Davy Knowles (guitar, vocals), and Andy Hess (bass).
The Rhythm Devils did only one show in 2011, at the Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival in Bridgeport CT. This version of the band was Hart, Kreutzmann, Keller Williams, Sikiru, Steve Kimock and Reed Mathis of Tea Leaf Green on bass.
In 2011 Hart debuted a new version of the Mickey Hart Band. This lineup included Tim Hockenberry (vocals,keyboards, trombone, saxophone, other instruments), Crystal Monee Hall (vocals, guitar, hand percussion), Ben Yonas (keyboards), Gawain Mathews (guitar), Sikiru Adepoju (talking drum, djembe, shakers), Ian "Inkx" Herman (drums), Greg Ellis (percussion), Vir McCoy (bass). The band played a few shows in August 2011 on the east and west coast. In November and December 2011, the Mickey Hart Band did a 17 date tour with a slightly modified lineup. McCoy and Ellis were not in this lineup, and Widespread Panic band member Dave Schools joined the band as their bass player for the tour.
On October 11, 2011, Smithsonian Folkways released The Mickey Hart Collection. Comprising 25 albums, the series includes music from regions that span the globe, including Sudan, Nigeria, Tibet, Indonesia, Latvia and Brazil.
Personal life 
Mickey Hart was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island attending Lawrence High School before dropping out as a senior and leaving for Europe.
Hart has been married since 1990 to lawyer and environmental activist Caryl Hart, who obtained her PhD from UC Berkeley in 2009 on the topic of climate change and public lands. He has two children. One son, Taro, had his heartbeat recorded in utero and used as the basis for the album Music to Be Born By. His brother, Jerry Hart, is a radio talk show host and social media business consultant based in San Francisco. In addition, Hart is the only Jewish ex-member of the Grateful Dead.
- Drumming at the Edge of Magic: A Journey into the Spirit of Percussion (1990)
- Planet Drum: A Celebration of Percussion and Rhythm (1991)
- Spirit into Sound: The Magic of Music (1999)
- Songcatchers: In Search of the World's Music (2003)
Solo discography 
- Rolling Thunder (1972) – Mickey Hart
- Diga (1976) – Diga Rhythm Band
- The Apocalypse Now Sessions: The Rhythm Devils Play River Music (1980) – The Rhythm Devils
- Däfos (1983) – Mickey Hart, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim
- Yamantaka (1983) – Mickey Hart, Henry Wolff, Nancy Hennings
- Music to be Born By (1989) – Mickey Hart
- At the Edge (1990) – Mickey Hart
- Planet Drum (1991) – Mickey Hart
- Mickey Hart's Mystery Box (1996) – Mickey Hart
- Supralingua (1998) – Mickey Hart
- Spirit into Sound (2000) – Mickey Hart
- The Best of Mickey Hart: Over the Edge and Back (2002) – Mickey Hart
- Global Drum Project (2007) – Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, Giovanni Hidalgo
- Mysterium Tremendum (2012) – The Mickey Hart Band
- The Rhythm Devils Concert Experience (2008) – The Rhythm Devils
See also 
- Planet Drum - Mickey Hart : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic
- Planer, Lindsay. ""Rolling Thunder Review" AllMusic". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
- Hart, Mickey, with Stevens, Jay, and Lieberman, Fredric. Drumming at the Edge of Magic, Harper, 1990. p. 127.
- "African Music Encyclopedia". Africanmusic.org. 2003-04-06. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
- "Smith, E. "Doc". "Planet Drum Comes to the Masonic", BeyondChron, September 22, 2006". Beyondchron.org. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
- ""The Grammy Winners", New York Times, February 27, 1992". New York Times. 1992-02-27. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
- List of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees
- "Mission of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function". Bethabe.org. 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
- "Past Music Has Power Awards Honorees". Bethabe.org. 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
- "Independent Music Awards – Past Judges". Independentmusicawards.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
- "Graff, Gary. "Hart: The Dead Happy To Rock Again For Obama", Billboard, July 1, 2008". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
- "Pizek, Jeff. "Mickey Hart: Unity, Healing through the Beat", Daily Herald, July 4, 2008". Dailyherald.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
- "Kilgore, Kym. "Mickey Hart Band Drums Up US Tour", Live Daily, May 23, 2008". Livedaily.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
- "Faces and Places (page 3)". CERN Courier. 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
- "Need We Say More? > News > The Rhythm Devils Adds July Dates". Jambands.com. 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
- "The Rhythm Devils Setlist Gathering Of the Vibes July 24, 2011". Deadheadland. 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
- "Mickey Hart band Debut Performance August 5, 2011 Napa Valley Opera House". Deadheadland. 2011-08-06. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
- "Dave Schools Joins Mickey Hart Band For Fall Tour". Glide Magazine. 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
- "Mickey Hart Band". MickeyHart.net. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
- "The Mickey Hart Collection in Rhythm with the World". SimthsonianMag.com. 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
- Needles, Tim. "Interview with Grateful Dead drummer & musicologist Mickey Hart". Short and Sweet NYC. Retrieved 18 January 2012.
- "Mickey Hart Interview". Vermontreview.tripod.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
- "Hart of Green will help you literally go green, travel consciously and live eco-friendly". Hartofgreen.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
- "Jerry Hart". Jerry Hart. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
- "Jews mythologize Grateful Dead seder | j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California". Jweekly.com. 1996-03-22. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
- Mickey Hart at the Internet Movie Database
- Mickey Hart discography on DeadDisc.com
- Mickey Hart at The Music Box – A collection of concert reviews, album reviews, and interviews
- Mickey Hart discography at MusicBrainz
- Parker, T. Virgil. "Mickey Hart: The Rhythm of the Infinite", College Crier interview, summer 2007
- Sullivan, James. "Q & A With Mickey Hart", San Francisco Chronicle, September 27, 1998
- Richardson, Derk. "Mickey Hart reunites landmark world musicians for 'Global Drum Project'", San Francisco Chronicle, September 27, 2007
- Richter, Allan. "He Found His Muse at Lawrence High School", New York Times, August 3, 2003
- Speed, Tom. "Making Magic with Mickey Hart", Honest Tune Online, August 14, 2008
- Mickey Hart's Artwork of the Grateful Dead
|Geo Sessions: Global Drum Project Pt. 1. From National Geographic. Global Drum Project, featuring ex-Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and tabla legend Zakir Hussain|