As one of the most enduring bands in music history, The Grateful Dead changed the face of American rock music forever. Selling more than 35 million albums worldwide, their unique and eclectic style quickly attracted a devoted fan base known as “Deadheads” that continues to worship the psychedelic genre to this day. Test your knowledge of the band and read our 10 unique facts about the Grateful Dead below!
- Jerry Garcia stumbled across the band name “Grateful Dead” while browsing through a folklore dictionary.
- In 1967, the band’s Haight-Ashbury residence became the scene of a high-profile drug bust. The San Francisco Chronicle dubbed the story, “ROCK BAND BUSTED.”
- Have you ever read the name “McGannahan Skjellyfetti” in the Grateful Dead’s album liner notes? This songwriting pseudonym was used to credit group-written compositions, such as “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion).”
- Owsley Stanley, also known as “Bear”, was an LSD icon in the Dead community who is widely credited for his assistance in the band’s design for the “Steal Your Face” logo.
- According to legend, the Dead’s famed multicolored “dancing” bears were meant to be marching. This artwork made it’s debut on the 1973 album, “History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear’s Choice).”
- While The Grateful Dead never won a Grammy, the band earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
- In 1947, Jerry Garcia was involved in a wood-chopping accident where he lost most of his middle finger. Little did he know, his new handprint would become a signature logo for the band.
- Aside from being an incredible musician, Garcia was also a phenomenal artist. His paintings and sketches can be found in the book “Harrington Street.”
- While many Dead fans regard Phil Lesh as one of rock history’s greatest bass players, he actually joined the band as a classically trained trumpeter with no formal training in bass.
- After the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995, the remaining Grateful Dead band members retired from the group. Many of them continue to play music together under different band names including Further, The Dead and The Other Ones.
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The Grateful Dead first started in 1965, and in the 50+ years that have passed, their legacy has only grown stronger. The Grateful Dead spawned an entire subculture that goes well beyond their music. Even non-fans will instantly recognize the iconic imagery associated with the legendary band. They may not even realize that they are looking at Grateful Dead merchandise, but they will no doubt recognize the Dancing Bears and the “Steal Your Face” Skull immediately. Here, we will take a brief look at the story behind these two iconic designs.Dancing Bears
The five “Dancing Bears” originally appeared on the album “History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear’s Choice)” in 1973. This was the Grateful Dead’s fourth live album. The bears were incorporated into the design as an homage to Owsley Stanley, who produced the album. The bears are usually colored blue, green, yellow, orange, and pink, from left to right. Find a great example of this iconic design on our Dancing Bears Tie Dye T-Shirt
!“Steal Your Face” Skull
This is probably the most well known Grateful Dead logo. According to Owsley Stanley
, this logo was originally created to mark the band’s gear backstage at shows. Check it out on this classic baja pullover
! It is also featured on the cover of their 1976 album “Steal Your Face”, hence why it is often referred to at the SYF Skull.
Maybe more than any other band in history, The Grateful Dead incorporated instantly recognizable images in all of their concert posters, album covers, and merchandise. We have an excellent collection of the best Grateful Dead merchandise; shop online today!
It's been over 20 years since Jerry Garcia died, but his world-famous band lives on and it's time to break out your Grateful Dead merchandise for an upcoming show in July. The Grateful Dead have a new musical experiment in the works with John Mayer heading up the band, now calling themselves Dead and Company. While there are sure to be doubters in the crowd of fans, reviewers are saying the "old band's new sound" is pretty great. Dead and Company will be playing July 15 and 16 in Fenway Park and tickets will go on sale in the middle of February.
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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.