4442 Garcia

This minor planet is named after Jerry Garcia (1942 – 1995), American guitarist and artist. He is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist, and somewhat-frontman of the Grateful Dead, a rock band that was deeply tied with the American counter-culture movement of the 1960's. He played with the band during its entire thirty-year span. Interestingly, he may be one of the most recorded musicians ever - over 15,000 hours of his guitar playing exists as audio and video.

The symbol of this minor planet is based on a symbol that was connected with him personally, especially after his death. It is a representation of an open-palmed left hand, where the middle finger is half the length of the others. Garcia was famously missing most of his left-hand middle finger after a wood-chopping accident in his youth.

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