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Are You Kind? The Grateful Dead's Philanthropic Legacy

Joanna Colangelo | Posted 11.09.2015 | Entertainment
Joanna Colangelo

The answer was for the Grateful Dead to approach philanthropy in the same way they had approached everything else: try not to control it, try not to define it, but always allow for enough flexibility to adapt to the possibilities and needs of a perpetually changing world.

The Wonderful Story of the Left Side of My Desk

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 07.20.2015 | Comedy
J.J. Colagrande

In 1994 I "ground-scored" this smoky quartz crystal at a Grateful Dead concert in Deer Creek, Indiana. The stone was literally on the ground in the middle of a corn field. I have no idea how I found it. I like to think it found me.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Exploring Lake George Through Sagamore Eyes

Jon Chattman | Posted 07.20.2015 | Travel
Jon Chattman

Courtesy of The Sagamore Sitting on the balcony of our hotel suite overlooking majestic views of Lake George, I glance over to my three-year-old son...

Zach Carter

Why Do Conservatives Love The Grateful Dead? We Ask Tucker Carlson. | Zach Carter | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

The Grateful Dead were once the embodiment of all things hippie and anti-establishment: free love, plenty of drugs, and nobody cares about your career...

Grateful Dead 'Fare Thee Well' Report Card

Stewart Sallo | Posted 07.10.2015 | Entertainment
Stewart Sallo

It was not the Grateful Dead, simply because nothing could ever be the Grateful Dead without Jerry. But it was a damn good Grateful Dead cover band. And it was a Grateful Dead concert.

'U.S. Blues' and the End of the Grateful Dead

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 07.10.2015 | Entertainment
Davis Schneiderman

50 years ended in an almost-perfect moment of collective explosion. Although the final "Fare Thee Well" Grateful Dead concert was held on July 5th at Solider Field, this incarnation of the band faded away -- for me at least -- at the close of the July 4th concert.

An Almost Deadhead Demands One More Show

Greg Schwem | Posted 07.08.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, stop unpacking. Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, put your instruments back on the truck. Cease counting the millions you made from your supposedly final Grateful Dead shows in Chicago this past weekend.

The Grateful Dead Bids Fare Thee Well to Fans After Fifty Years

David Meerman Scott | Posted 07.07.2015 | Entertainment
David Meerman Scott

This past weekend -- July 3, 4 and 5 at Soldier Field in Chicago -- the "core four" surviving members of legendary rock band the Grateful Dead played their final three 50th anniversary Fare Thee Well #Dead50 reunion shows, a celebration of longevity, peace, friendship and love.

The Future of Religion Is.... The Dead

Gary Laderman | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion
Gary Laderman

The Grateful Dead is a band, not a religion. They are not a movement in and of themselves, but part of a cultural and religious revolution. Over the decades the band's music and performances and personalities have been a sacred source of meaning and action in the lives of many.

The Grateful Dead and the Culture of High School

Josh Stephens | Posted 07.06.2015 | Education
Josh Stephens

I'm sure plenty of kids today, frustrated with politics, bored of mass media, longing for companionship, would join the Dead community if it still existed.

Grateful Dead End 50-Year Career With Magnificent Final Show

Rolling Stone | Posted 07.06.2015 | Entertainment

"I have spent my life/Seeking all that's still unsung/Bent my ear to hear the tune," sang Phil Lesh last night, harmonizing with colleagues new and ol...

Friday Talking Points -- Always Twirling for Freedom!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When it comes down to the freakiest of the freaky in the whole Republican field, Donald Trump is very hard to top. Trump not only is running for president, he's apparently on a mission to singlehandedly destroy his own Trump brand, forevermore.

NBA Great Bill Walton Standing Tall for Solar

Clint Wilder | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Clint Wilder

The world's tallest Deadhead is now a big advocate for solar energy. Bill Walton - NCAA/NBA basketball champion and Hall-of-Famer, iconoclastic broa...

You Know It's Gonna Get Stranger, Let's Get on With the Show! Experiencing the Grateful Dead Experience

Deepak Sarma | Posted 07.01.2015 | Entertainment
Deepak Sarma

Only a select few musicians and musical groups and characters and contexts such as the Grateful Dead have had the capacity and creativity to initiate communitas in so many, so consistently, and with such tremendous transformative impact.

An Interview With the Magic Man Behind Gathering of the Vibes, Ken Hays

Taraleigh Weathers | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Taraleigh Weathers

Gathering of the Vibes is one of the biggest music festivals of the Northeast and one of my personal favorites. I have been attending Vibes for fifteen years and have seen the ebb and flow of it.

15 Things Never to Say to a Deadhead | Posted 06.30.2015 | Travel

You mail-ordered your commemorative "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" tickets. (You... um... got DEE-nied.) You waited online for hours, and hours, trying to order them through Ticketmaster. (Denied again.)

The Grateful Dead and the Trap of Nostalgia

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Davis Schneiderman

I don't want the Grateful Dead to mean anything beyond the moment in which I listen. I don't want the music to do anything other than unroll itself into present time, to happen, while I am lucky enough to be there.

"I Need A Miracle: Two Generations of Deadheads Find Peace"

Joan Gelfand | Posted 06.26.2015 | Entertainment
Joan Gelfand

If the Grateful Dead's music can heal the wounds of my family, maybe music can heal the earth. Maybe we need to be dancing and singing more. We need a miracle. Fast.

The Grateful Dead's Legacy 50 Years and Counting

David Chiu | Posted 06.19.2015 | Entertainment
David Chiu

The Grateful Dead are a band whose influence transcends their brand of epic adventurous music and army of loyal fans known as Deadheads. The California band's imprint in music belies their laid-back '60s hippie image.

15 Baby Name Ideas For Deadhead Parents

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.12.2015 | Parents

With the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead formation and the band's upcoming farewell shows, it's a big year for Deadheads. If you're a Gratef...

The Grateful Dead: Never Has a Band Had Such Contempt for Their Fans

Mike Edison | Posted 06.01.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Edison

The massive phenomenon that was the Grateful Dead has never been objectively reported on, an historical anomaly that boils down to what might as well be a Buddhist koan: Pretty much anyone who was there must be immediately eliminated as a reliable witness.

Presenting Rock Impressario Bill Graham

Tom Teicholz | Posted 05.02.2015 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

The legendary rock impresario Bill Graham was not a particularly observant Jew. There is nothing specifically Jewish about the bands he worked with, such as the Grateful Dead or the Rolling Stones, or the venues in which he produced concerts, such as at the Fillmore (East and West) and Winterland arenas.

How the Grateful Dead Came To Announce Two Additional 'Fare Thee Well' Shows

Stewart Sallo | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Stewart Sallo

When promoter Peter Shapiro became aware of the article I wrote last month taking him to task for the way ticket sales were handled for the Grateful Dead's "Fare Thee Well" shows, scheduled for July 3-5 at Chicago's Soldier Field, he had two choices.

Grateful Dead Drummer's 'Undercover' Performance

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 04.07.2015 | Entertainment

Tickets to the sold-out Grateful Dead concerts in Chicago this summer are fetching thousands of dollars online, but one member of the band played brie...

Finally, The Lullaby Deadhead Parents Have Been Waiting For

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.02.2015 | Parents

The 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's formation brings three reunion shows and a lot of new merch. 2015 is a big year for Deadheads, and it's ab...