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Perspectives on the Grateful Dead : critical writings /
edited by Robert G. Weiner ; foreword by Rebecca G. Adams, afterword by Steve Silberman.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999.
description
xxiv, 245 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0313305692 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999.
isbn
0313305692 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
3335564
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Review Quotes
'œ[T]he writing is...extremely rewarding.'' JamBands.com
"[T]he writing is...extremely rewarding."- JamBands.com
"Deadheads will find each of these diverse essays equally challenging, undeniably fascinating, another window on the multi-colored bus that is the Dead. Perspectives on the Grateful Dead is powerful reading, putting the psyche back in psychedelic." - Jeff Tamarkin Author, Got a Revolution!-The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane
"Herein lies ample proof of the Grateful Dead's social prowess. Loved and hated in equal measures, this aspect of the band is explored through delightfully diverse, carefully crafted essays that are revealed to be -- through the depth of their reflections -- organic tentacles, sprouting from the same well the Dead drank from. Weiner has chosen wisely. Open-minded readers, fans or not, will come away enriched." - Michael Getz Co-author of the The Deadhead's Taping Compendium
"'IPerspectives on the Grateful Dead: Critical Writings is a multi-perspective, innovative work, expanding the world of rigorous rock music study....Serious students and scholars of rock music will find many a 'miracle' in Perspectives on the Grateful Dead." - Paul Friedlander Director Music Industry Program California State University, Chico
"It's high time the Grateful Dead come in for serious study. There is no other phenomenon in American culture that has demonstrated the staying power of this remarkable band, its folk and folklore; and yet, until now, the Dead have been marginalized in popular culture, and all but ignored in academe. Rob Weiner is to be commended for breaking the silence with this provocative collection of first generation scholarship about the Grateful Dead." - Carol Brightman Author of Sweet Chaos: The Grateful Dead's American Adventure and Writing Dangerously
"This book adds another significant piece toward solving the enigmatic puzzle of the Grateful Dead and Deadheads by bringing together a wide variety of writings about the music and the fans. No matter if you're a true believer yourself, these writings help explain the near-religious devotion of the fans, dissect the meaning of lyrics, and examine the culture of the Deadheads in intelligent, well-written articles." - F. Barry Barnes, Assistant Professor School of Business and Entrepreneurship Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Summaries
Long Description
The Grateful Dead, one of the most meticulously documented rock bands, significantly influenced American music and popular culture. Its popularity has endured for three decades despite mixed critical reception. Jerry Garcia, thought of among many as a musical icon and spokesperson for more than one generation of fans, was often equally scorned by various critics. This collection of scholarly essays attests to the varied fields of interest the band and its followers, known as "Deadheads," have affected, including psychology, law, and ethnomusicology. The contributions explore the diversity of the culture of fans, empirically analyze the music, apply literary criticism to the lyrics, and explore Dead-related philosophical and theological concepts -- in other words, they are as eclectic as the myriad Grateful Dead fans themselves. Appealing to Grateful Dead scholars, fans, and collectors alike, these twenty-two essays are grouped by subject, and each essay includes a bibliography of resources for further research.
Long Description
The Grateful Dead, one of the most meticulously documented rock bands, significantly influenced American music and popular culture. Its popularity has endured for three decades despite mixed critical reception. Jerry Garcia, thought of among many as a musical icon and spokesperson for more than one generation of fans, was often equally scorned by various critics. This collection of scholarly essays attests to the varied fields of interest the band and its followers, known as Deadheads, have affected, including psychology, law, and ethnomusicology. The contributions explore the diversity of the culture of fans, empirically analyze the music, apply literary criticism to the lyrics, and explore Dead-related philosophical and theological concepts in other words, they are as eclectic as the myriad Grateful Dead fans themselves. Appealing to Grateful Dead scholars, fans, and collectors alike, these twenty-two essays are grouped by subject, and each essay includes a bibliography of resources for further research.
Unpaid Annotation
Assesses the musical and cultural legacy of the Grateful Dead through a variety of writings that span disciplines such as philosophy, theology, literary criticism, law, and statistics.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Precisely How and Why I Didn'T Kill Jerry: Ethnography, Surrealism, and the Millennium Showsp. 1
Works Citedp. 9
A Pilot Study in Dream Telepathy with the Grateful Deadp. 11
Works Citedp. 17
Legally Dead: The Grateful Dead and American Legal Culturep. 19
The Grateful Dead Onstage in ''World Music''p. 41
Works Citedp. 54
''No, but I'Ve Been to Shows'': Accepting the Dead and Rejecting the Deadheadsp. 55
Why Are There So Many Jewish Deadheads?p. 67
Bakhtinian Carnival, Corporate Capital, and the Last Decade of the Deadp. 79
Understanding ''show'' as a Deadhead Speech Situationp. 89
Works Citedp. 99
Is There a Day of the Month Effect in ''Beat It on Down the Line''?p. 101
The Grateful Dead Experience: a Factor Analytic Study of the Personalities of People Who Identify with the Grateful Deadp. 113
''High Time'' and Ambiguous Harmonic Functionp. 119
Works Citedp. 125
Space, Motion, and Other Musical Metaphorsp. 127
The Grateful Dead Legendstock: Based on Alan Trist's Water of Life-A Tale of the Grateful Deadp. 137
The Grateful Dead Vs. the American Dream?p. 149
The Annotated ''Ramble on Rose'': an Installment in the Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics (A Work in Progress)p. 153
''Laid My Proposition Down / Laid It on the Line'': Gambling and the Storyteller in Robert Hunter's Lyricsp. 165
Grateful Dead: Manifestations from the Collective Unconsciousp. 175
Clinging to the Edge of Magic: Shamanic Aspects of the Grateful Deadp. 183
Works Citedp. 189
The Grateful Dead as Communityp. 191
Deadhead Tales of the Supernatural: a Folkloristic Analysisp. 203
The Piping of Heaven: Reckless Musings on Philosophical Taoism and the Grateful Dead Phenomenonp. 213
The Ripple Effectp. 225
Works Citedp. 231
Afterword: The Curriculum of Joyp. 233
Indexp. 235
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 241
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