|According to Steven Marcus:|
"The Taping Section was an idea that came of Dan Healy's constant complaints that the microphone stands were blocking his view of the stage. As manager and co-founder (with Danny Rifkin & Eddie Washington) of Grateful Dead Ticket Sales I suggested that there were usually about 100-200 seats directly behind the soundboard at every show that were never sold because they were "obstructed view." I suggested that these tickets could be sold to tapers. Healy LOVED the idea and the "Taping Section" was formed. Grateful Dead was the first mainstream band to officially sanction taping of their shows."