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Books about deadheads

Grateful Dead: The Official Book of the Deadheads, P. Bassett, C. Bassett, J. Grushkin , 1983

A portrait of the Dead through the eyes of deadheads. The book is a treasure trove of photographs, drawings, stories, memories, magazine articles, letters, quizzes, posters and more.

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Deadheads: Rago And Friends, Claire Burch, 1993

A celebration of the life of a quadraplegic poet and his circle of friends. Includes numerous photographs many of which were taken at Grateful Dead shows.

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Skeleton Key: A Dictionary for Deadheads, David Shenk, Steve Silberman, 1994

A dictionary/encyclopedia referencing the world of the Grateful Dead. Includes entries for all band members and those connected to the Dead, entries for albums and explanations of the many words and phrases that have special meaning among Deadheads.

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Adolescents and Their Music: If It's Too Loud, You're Too Old, Jonathan S. Epstein (Editor), 1994

A collection of essays that includes Secular Rituals in Popular Culture: A Case For Grateful Dead Concerts and Dead Head Identity by Robert Sardiello which analyses the role of ritual in Grateful Dead concerts.

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Deadheads: Stories from Fellow Artists, Friends, and Followers of the Grateful Dead, L. Kelly, 1995

A collection of deadhead stories and reminiscences of the band and life on the road. Includes reminiscences from John Perry Barlow and Tom Constanten. An updated edition was published in 2015.

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Kind Veggie Burritos: Recipes for Touring, Tailgating, Camping and Home, Beth Livingston, 1995

A collection of recipes for Deadheads, by Deadheads.

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The Grateful Dead and the Deadheads, An Annotated Bibliography, Dodd/Weiner, 1997

A detailed and comprehensive bibliography of books, book chapters, magazine articles, academic papers, record reviews, fan magazines and newsletters related to or mentioning the Grateful Dead.

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Youth Culture: Identity in a Postmodern World, Jonathan Epstein (Ed), 1998

This collection includes an essay about deadhead culture by Robert Sardiello called Identity And Status Stratification In Deadhead Subculture.

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Deadhead Social Science: You Ain't Gonna Learn What You Don't Want...., Rebecca G. Adams/Robert Sardiello (Eds), 2000

Deadhead Social Science is a collection of papers examining various aspects of the complex subculture surrounding the rock band, the Grateful Dead.

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The Grateful Dead Reader (Readers on American Musicians), David G. Dodd and Diana Spaulding (Editors), 2000

A collection of some of the best writing about the Dead. The articles and excerpts are taken from magazines, journals, books and newspapers and are arranged chronologically.

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Deadhead Forever: Property Of Haze, Scott Meyer, Molly Jay (Eds), 2001

A Deadheads scrapbook. Three decades or memorabilia, Dead lore and stories "pasted" onto the pages with drop-shadow photography.

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Inappropriate Relationships: The Unconventional, the Disapproved & the Forbidden, Goodwin/Cramer (Eds.), 2002

This collection includes a article by Rebecca Adams and Jane Rosen-Grandon called Mixed Marriages: Music Community Membership as a Source of Marital Strain which is based on their work with deadheads.

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Traces of the Spirit: The Religious Dimensions of Popular Music, Robin Sylvan, 2002

This work includes a chapter called Eyes Of The World: The Grateful Dead and the Deadheads.

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Communicating Ethnic and Cultural Identity, Mary Fong & Rueyling Chuang (Eds), 2004

This collection includes a article by Natalie J. Dollar called Communicating Deadhead Identity: Exploring Identity from a Cultural Communication Perspective.

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Going Down the Road Feeling (Bad) Glad, The Grateful Fred Gilliam, 2005

For twenty-eight years, Fred Gilliam has followed the Grateful Dead throughout the world, seeing over three hundred shows. In this book, he writes about his friends, family, and other people he meets on his journeys.

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Metaphysical Media: The Occult Experience in Popular Culture, Emily D. Edwards, 2005

Chapter 2 of this book, Out Of Body: Transmission And Transcendence Through Popular Culture, includes a 5 page section about the Grateful Dead and deadheads.

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The Easiest Best Thing Is Be Kind, Editor: M. Luke Myers, 2007

The Easiest Best Thing Is Be Kind collects together poems, stories and essays by a number of authors collectively known as Deadheads for Darfur.

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Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead, Peter Conners, 2009

Told against the backdrop of the American landscape of the late '80s to the mid-'90s, Growing Up Dead is the story of Peter Conners's journey from straight-laced suburban kid to touring Deadhead.

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Confessions Of a Dead Head: Trips and Travels with a Magical Band, The Starburst Commander, 2009

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Sunshine Daydream: One Girl's Tale Of Life On The Bus, Talia Rose, 2009

"One girl's tale of years spent on Grateful Dead Tour and beyond. A beautiful and sometimes sordid tale of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll."

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Dead Letters: The Very Best Grateful Dead Fan Mail, Paul Grushkin (Ed), 2011

Beginning in their earliest days, the Grateful Dead saved tens of thousands of letters sent to them by Deadheads reflecting on the spectacular concerts they'd attended and requesting tickets. These letters are inspirational and hugely insightful, but more significantly, the envelopes in which they arrived are brilliantly illustrated and unique within the world of rock. This book collects hundreds of those envelopes, as well as a selection of letters, all presented in thematic chapters.

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Tangled Up In Tunes: Ballad Of A Dylanhead, Howard F. Weiner, 2012

A memoir exploring life on the road following the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan in the 1980's.

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Dancing with the Dead: A Photographic Memoir, Rosie McGee, 2012

A memoir with over 200 photographs. "Photographer and Grateful Dead insider Rosie McGee pulls us into her 10-year memoir of living, traveling and working with the Dead and other notables of the legendary Sixties."

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Deadheads: Stories from Fellow Artists, Friends, and Followers of the Grateful Dead, L. Kelly, 2015

This 20th anniversary edition of Deadheads celebrates fifty years of music and includes the best stories from the original edition, two new chapters, as well as new interviews with various friends, artists, and followers of the Grateful Dead. The original edition was published in 1995.

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Diary Of A Deadhead, Candace D. Carson, 2015

Diary of a Deadhead tells one woman’s intriguing spiritual adventure following the band. Part memoir, part American history, author Candace D. Carson uses her personal experiences in the turbulent 1960s and ’70s to illustrate the larger story of her generation as they grappled with the scars of the Vietnam War.

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Superfans: Music's Most Dedicated: From Beatlemania to the Beyhive, Tobias Anthony, 2018

This book has a four page section about Deadheads.

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Last updated February 2020