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Friday Talking Points -- Always Twirling For Freedom!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's officially a holiday since tomorrow's the nation's birthday and all, but since this column took a vacation last week, we thought we'd better get ...

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

Orbitz.com | Posted 06.30.2015 | Travel
Orbitz.com

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...

Cookie Doughprah Winfrey and S'moria Steinem: 10 Solutions to Ben & Jerry's Women Problem

Amanda McCall | Posted 05.27.2015 | Women
Amanda McCall

There are currently no female flavors of Ben & Jerry's ice cream (even Tina Fey would agree that, while "Greek frozen yogurt" is certainly a healthy ice cream alternative, it is not the same as ice cream).

Ladies and Gentlemen, Not the Grateful Dead

Stewart Sallo | Posted 05.10.2015 | Entertainment
Stewart Sallo

With each passing day since these shows were announced, it has become clearer that the "Fare Thee Well" concept, ostensibly conceived to pay tribute to a beloved band on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, bears little resemblance to the Grateful Dead.

On the Culture Front: Better Call Saul, Constellations, Tijuana Picnic, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 04.08.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Last night, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, and Michael McKean took the stage at the 92nd Street Y to talk with moderator about the highly anticipated "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul." I interviewed Banks the previous day for the Washington Post and avoiding spoilers felt like dodging carefully planted land mines in a desert war zone.

With or Without Jefferson Airplane, Jorma Kaukonen Keeps Flying

Michael Bialas | Posted 03.29.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

While the chance of all of them performing collectively again has been pooh-poohed recently, Kaukonen, who obligingly covered the subject in detail, leaves the door open for some type of formal get-together.

Grateful Dead To Reunite For Final Concerts In July

AP | Posted 01.16.2015 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — The Grateful Dead is coming back to life for final concerts in July. The band announced Friday that surviving members Mickey Hart, ...

Apparently Everyone Is Wondering If Print, TV Are Dead

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 11.13.2014 | Media

Print is dead. Print is alive. Newspapers are done. Newspapers are everything. Cable TV is a thing of the past. Cable TV is still a thing! Finding ...

The Most Popular Drugs In Rock Lyrics

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment

We've examined the most talked about drugs in hip-hop and the rappers who were talking about them the most, and now Project Know has applied the same ...

Dennis McNally Revisits Highway 61 (and Beyond)

Joanna Colangelo | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
Joanna Colangelo

In his new book, On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom, McNally reminds us of who he is at his truest core -- and that is, one of the finest cultural historians of our time.

Grateful Dead Co-Founder Cancels All Concerts

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 08.11.2014 | Entertainment

Bob Weir, a founding member of the Grateful Dead, has suddenly canceled all his upcoming appearances, according to messages posted Sunday on Facebook ...

Music Genre Mashups Draw New Fans Through Crossover Appeal

David Meerman Scott | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
David Meerman Scott

It seems to me that many artists don't tap the idea of crossover. They stay comfortably in their niche and play to their established fan base. But in today's world, reaching out to new audiences has never been easier.

The Grateful Dead and the Great Pyramid: Presenting the Wonders of Adrian Boot's Photography

Rock Paper Photo | Posted 08.02.2014 | Arts
Rock Paper Photo

You could say things ended well.