A stack of amplifiers three stories tall loomed over the 7,000 faithful arrayed on sun-baked…Read More
Jerry Garcia said once that he didn’t care much for the Western God—but that didn’t stop him from creating a religion of his own, complete with “tie dye, skulls, and swirling skirts.”
But just how does the Grateful Dead do “the work of the sacred” for its followers?
In the series below, inspired in conversation with Varun Soni of USC’s Office of Religious Life, RD editor Cathleen Falsani has collected a set of reminiscences—intimate, philosophical, devotional—that engage this question.
Deadhead or civilian, believer or skeptic, we hope you’ll join us as we mark the conclusion of this singular American pilgrimage.
As the Grateful Dead celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, their historical, cultural, and artistic…Read More
Jerry Garcia said once that he didn’t care much for the Western God—but that didn’t…Read More
A long time ago in a faraway land, I wrote my doctoral dissertation on Deadheads. …Read More
One sentence, spoken by an anonymous “usher” to a maverick producer who then riffed to boisterous…Read More
My childhood home was equidistant between two of the Grateful Dead’s regular Bay Area venues:…Read More
Despite its provocative title, the Grateful Dead’s song “Friend of the Devil” actually can be heard…Read More
“The Grateful Dead were more than just a band. They were their own planet, populated by…Read More
In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell patented a device that could represent accurately the human voice….Read More
For many of us who followed the Dead in our younger years, “Brokedown Palace” signaled…Read More