The Grateful Dead: Legends Never Die October 09 2015
Emerging from the Haight Ashbury San Francisco counterculture of the 1960s, the Grateful Dead became one of the most enduring and endearing bands of the Rock & Roll era. Jerry Garcia was a melting pot of American music, and as the leader of the dead, the group would become an iconic institution. Blue Mountain Dyes is proud to cater to our legion of Deadheads, providing a wonderful wealth of Grateful Dead merchandise, including a dazzling array of tie-dye classics.
The Grateful Dead formed during the era when bands such as the Beatles, The Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones were dominating the airwaves. The Grateful Dead’s early music was part of the process of establishing what psychedelic music was, but theirs was essentially a “street party” form of it. The Dead were not inclined to fit their music to an established category such as pop rock, blues, folk rock, or country & western. Individual tones within their repertoire could be identified under one of these stylistic labels, but overall their music drew on all of these genres, and more frequently combining several of them.
Deadhead is the name given to fans of the Grateful Dead. In the 1970s, a number of fans began travelling to see the band in as many shows or festival venues as they could. With large number of people attending strings of shows, a community developed. By the late 1970s, some deadheads began to sell tie-dye T-shirts, veggie burritos, and other items at Grateful Dead concerts. This allowed Deadheads a way to follow the band of its tours. During the early 1980s, the number of Deadhead’s taping shows increased, and the band created a special section for fans who wished to record the show. To say the least, they were as connected to their fans as their fans were to them.
Enthusiasm for this iconic band still exists today across many generations! Grateful Dead merchandise is still flying off of shelves and being ordered online from Blue Mountain Dyes. Browse our inventory today and show your inner Deadhead to the world.