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Grateful Dead Drummer Mickey Hart: Rhythms of Life

Channeling the sounds of the universe

Mickey Hart still performs the signature drumming adored by decades of "Deadheads." But he's now exploring a longtime passion — connecting percussion with the most fundamental rhythms of the universe and the human body.

See also: Music therapy for Alzheimer's disease.

And Hart has science on his side. His partner in capturing the beats of the cosmos is Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist George Smoot; and he's working with a team of medical researchers as he studies the healing effects of rhythmic stimuli.

My Generation takes a short — but not particularly strange — trip into Hart's new projects.

You may also like: Mickey Hart to lead drum circle and present ideas on music and healing at Life@50+, AARP's National Event

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