2004 Meeting

The seventh annual Grateful Dead Scholars Caucus at the twenty-fifth Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference, San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX, April 7–10, 2004.

Area Co-chairs: Barry Barnes and Nicholas G. Meriwether.


Rebecca G. Adams. “A Portable Community: Forces Facilitating Repeated Interactions at Shows.”

Matthew C. Armstrong. “The Tomb of the Unknown Hippie.”

Melinda Belleville. “A Taoist Perspective of ‘Let It Grow’.”

Gary Burnett. “Deadheads, Computer-Mediated Communication, and Community.”

James Revell Carr. “That Old Time X-Factor: Contra Dance, Community, and Transcendence in the Twenty-First Century.”

Elizabeth Carroll. “‘I Want to Say to My Sisters and My Brothers’: The Rhetoric of Family in Deadhead Culture.”

Christian Crumlish. “‘Sometimes I Get a Great Notion’: James Booker in the Jerry Garcia Band.”

Natalie J. Dollar. “A Multidisciplinary Consideration of the Grateful Dead: Mapping the Trip.”

Amanda Hirsh. “The Grateful Dead in Tales and Culture: Common Themes and Structure in Ancient Folktale, Modern American Music, and Community.”

Alan R. Lehman. “Home Before Daylight But Still in the Dark: A Review.”

Mark Mattson. “Music and Excitement: Buildups in the Music of the Grateful Dead.”

Don McCallister. “Commerce, Move Me Brightly: How Capitalism Killed the Dead.”

Nicholas G. Meriwether. “‘The Thousand Stories Have Come Round to One’: Studying the Dead.”

Matthew Robertson. “Spinning: Ecstasy and the Grateful Dead Experience.”

Stanley J. Spector. “‘Words Half Spoken and Thoughts Unclear’: Is There Really a Grateful Dead Philosophy?”

James A. Tuedio, “Nothing to Hold (You Can’t Let Go): Embracing the Uncanny in Grateful Dead Songs of Home.”

Robert G. Weiner. “Thoughts on Bernstein’s Living With the Dead.”


Roundtable Discussions

“Cover Bands and the Musicians Who Play Music of the Grateful Dead.” Chair: Rebecca G. Adams. Panelists: Don McCallister, Mark E. Mattson.

“Spirituality and the Music and Lyrics and the Grateful Dead.” Chair: Rebecca G. Adams. Panelists: Julia Hardy, Stanley J. Spector.


Special Sessions

“When the Fat Man Met the Black Chopin: Jerry Garcia and James Booker, A Guided Listening.” Chair: Christian Crumlish.

“A Screening of the Documentary Film The Festival Express.” Chair: Robert G. Weiner.