2008 Meeting

Art by Ken Schneidman

The eleventh annual Grateful Dead Scholars Caucus at the thirtieth Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM, February 13–16, 2008.

Area Co-chairs: Nicholas G. Meriwether and Stanley J. Spector.

Conference Program (Free PDF Download)


Ruth Allison. “Playing Lead Body: The Art of Dancing to the Music of the Grateful Dead.”

Rebecca G. Adams. “Wearing Simmelian Lenses while Studying the Deadhead Community.”

Kay Alexander. “‘Some Rise, Some Fall’: Toward an Epistemology of Terrapin.”

Christina L. Allaback. “Jamband Fans and Subcultural Borrowing.”

Barry Barnes. “Deadheads for Peace: Filling the Void in 1996.”

Barry Barnes. “Leadership, Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.”

Graeme M. Boone. “‘Dark Star’ Revisited, Revisited.”

Gary Burnett. “‘Wind Inside and the Wind Outside’: The Grateful Dead, Deadheads, Postmodern Poetics, and Interpretive Practice.”

James Revell Carr. “‘I’d Never Heard Anything Like It’: Scotty Stoneman and the Bluegrass Roots of Jerry Garcia’s Improvisational Approach.”

Jacob A. Cohen. “‘The Compass Always Points to Terrapin’: Harmonic and Geographic Ambiguity in the Grateful Dead’s ‘Terrapin Station’.”

B. Kent Elliott. “Learning Theory and the Grateful Dead: The Impact of Immersion in the Arts on a Community.”

Steven Gimbel. “‘I Feel Fine, Why Do You Ask?’ On Autonomy and Utopia in the Sixties Psychedelic Movement.”

Mary Goodenough. “‘Paradise Waits’: In a Banyan Tree?”

Sarah Hill. “The Sound of San Francisco? The Grateful Dead, Urban Hippies and the Memory of the Sixties.”

Stanley Krippner. “Shamanic Elements in the Grateful Dead Phenomenon.”

Lynda Lester. “From Sri Aurobindo to the Grateful Dead: Metanormal States and the Geography of Consciousness.”

Eric F. Levy. “Red Roosters and Wild Horses: The Rarely Acknowledged Influence of the Rolling Stones on the Grateful Dead.”

Mark E. Mattson. “Human Error and Creative Variations in the Music of the Grateful Dead: ‘Foolish Heart’ (1988–1995).”

Erin McCoy. “‘Not Just a Change of Style’: The Americana Commentary of the Grateful Dead’s Workingman’s Dead.”

Scott McFarlane. “Resurrecting Winterland: New Year’s Eve, 1978.”

Nicholas G. Meriwether. “The Birth of Dead Studies, From Stanley Krippner to Rebecca Adams.”

Shaugn O’Donnell. “Uncle Charles’s Band: More on Charles Ives and the Grateful Dead.”

Julie Postel. “The Grateful Dead and Platonic Philosophy.”

Elizabeth Yeager Reece. “Searching for ‘IT’: Cultural Memory and Identity Formation in the Jamband Scene.”

Stanley J. Spector. “‘Really Had To Move’: The Grateful Dead as the Quintessential Dance Band.”

James A. Tuedio. “‘Wings to Fly’: Love’s Refrain in the Ideational Space of a Grateful Dead Soundscape.”

Robert H. Trudeau. “A Super-Metacantric Analysis of ‘Playing in the Band’.”

Roundtable Discussions

“Hip, Cool, and the Cultural Currency of the Dead.” Chair: Barry Smolin. Panelists: Christian Crumlish, Jesse Jarnow, Jacob A. Cohen.

“Recent Trends in Dead Studies.” Chair: Rebecca G. Adams. Panelists: Scott MacFarlane, Nicholas G. Meriwether, Steven Gimbel.

“‘Take My Line’: Thoughts on Johnson’s Dead Symphony No. 6.” Chair: Christian Crumlish. Panelists: Shaugn O’Donnell, Jacob A. Cohen.

“‘There Is Nothing Like A Grateful Dead Conference’: Thoughts on the ‘Unbroken Chain’ Symposium.” Chair: Stanley J. Spector. Panelists: Michael Grabscheid, Barry Barnes, Rebecca G. Adams.