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Valley Native Keeps Grateful Dead Alive

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Tarzana resident Mark Pinkus, right, was among the hundreds of thousands of music fans who converged on San Francisco to hear Dead and Company play their “Final Tour.”

Pinkus is more than a Deadhead – he is President of Rhino Entertainment and Warner Music Group U.S. Catalog. As such, he is one of the key leading record executives entrusted by Grateful Dead Properties since 2006 with keeping the Grateful Dead flame alive and thriving. Pinkus plays an active role in Dead and Company projects from the ground up.

Known to Deadheads as “keeper of the logo,” Pinkus is responsible for overseeing the Grateful Dead’s vast archive of live concert recordings, official website ( and all related direct-to-consumer and merchandise, digital initiatives and use of its likeness. He also has Executive Producer credits on the popular and Grammy-winning Dave’s Pick’s compilations.

In addition to his work at Rhino Entertainment/WMG, Pinkus and his wife Lya support many local nonprofits including Jewish Graduate Student Initiative. Pinkus is a valley native who attended Taft High School, class of 1985.


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