Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs, Francis Coppola and the Grateful Dead

Around the time Apple opened its Palo Alto store film director Francis Ford Coppola opened a restaurant two doors down. I happened to be passing by on the evening Coppola's restaurant held its grand opening. Standing on the street talking with Coppola was Steve Jobs. Behind them, in the window, comedian Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello) was performing. Coppola's restaurant has closed, Steve Jobs has died but the Apple Store lives on in the same location that previously housed Swain's House of music where the Grateful Dead bought, practiced and borrowed instruments. A tile depicting a harp still rests in front of the store. And now Apple dominates the music distribution world.