2011 Caucus

The fourteenth annual meeting of the Grateful Dead Scholars Caucus at the thirty-third Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference, Marriott Rivercenter and Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX, April 20–23, 2011.

Area Chair: Nicholas G. Meriwether.


Peter Apfl. “‘Terrapin Station’: The Storyteller Makes no Choice.”

Jaime Baldovinos. “The Grateful Dead and the Daemonic: The Popularization of Inwardness.”

Susan Balter-Reitz. “‘We Can Share What We Got of Yours’: Reflections on the Copyright Paradox in the Grateful Dead Community.”

Barry Barnes. “Marketing the Dead.”

Philip Baruth. “A Reading from ‘American Zombie Beauty’.”

Graeme M. Boone. “Improvisational Structure in ‘Dark Star,’ 1969–1972.”

Gary Burnett. “‘The Thousand Stories Have Come ’Round to One’: Some Thoughts on Derivation and Originality.”

Elizabeth Carroll. “Going Right to Something: The Grateful Dead’s Musical, Rhetorical, and Political Intersections.”

Jacob A. Cohen. “IT and the X-Factor: Improvisational Strategies and Tendencies of Phish and the Grateful Dead.”

Mary Goodenough. “‘Look What’s in Your Hand’: Tools, Technology and the Grateful Dead.”

Michael Kaler. “‘Laying it Down’—or Not: Phil Lesh and the Art of Improvisational Rock Bass.”

David Malvinni. “Letting It Grow: Jamming and the X-Factor in The Grateful Dead, 1972–74.”

Mark E. Mattson. “Human Error and Creative Variations in the Music of the Grateful Dead: ‘Doin’ that Rag’ (1969).”

Jordan McClain. “From ‘Dark Star’ to Cherry Garcia: Four Subframes in Rolling Stone that Link Phish to the Grateful Dead.”

Nicholas G. Meriwether. “‘Listening to the Secret’: Representing Bobby Petersen in the Grateful Dead Archive.”

Shaugn O’Donnell. “The Big Bang and the Formation of ‘Space’.”

Richard Pettengill. “Performing Collective Improvisation: The Grateful Dead’s ‘Dark Star’.”

Mark Pinkus. “Life After Dead: Rhino and the Legacy of the Dead.”

Julie Postel. “Grateful Dead Scholarship, Spiral Dynamics, and Approaches to Learning.”

Timothy D. Ray. “Digitally Dead: How Podcasts, Facebook, and Other Aspects of Web 2.0 are Facilitating Online Community-Building Among Today’s Deadheads.”

Peter Richardson. “Let Fate Decide the Rest: The Grateful Dead, Quietism, and the Politics of Utopia.”

Ulrich Rois. “The Element of Chance in the Lyrics of Robert Hunter.”

Dennis Rothermel. “The Answer to the Atomic Bomb.”

Ryan Slesinger. “‘To Learn and Love and Grow’: Improvisation and Inspiration in the Grateful Dead Classroom.”

Stanley J. Spector. “Dionysus Revisited: Collective Improvisation, Presence, and Why Everybody’s Dancin’.”

Joseph A. Tomain. “The Grateful Dead and Legal Scholarship: Dizzy with Possibilities.”

Jeremy Vaughan. “Diversity and the Dead.”

Jay Williams. “Jerry Alfred Garcia Hitchcock.”

Elizabeth Yeager Reece. “Prep School Hippies and Hip School Preppies: Classed Acts, Collective Memory, and Phish Scene Identity.”


Roundtable Discussions

“‘If My Words Did Glow’: The Grateful Dead in Fiction.” Chair: Gary Burnett. Panelists: Philip Baruth, Ulrich Rois, Robert G. Weiner, Jay Williams.

“‘If You Get Confused, Listen to the Music Play’: A Grateful Dead Guided Listening Session.” Chair: Graeme M. Boone. Panelists: Jacob A. Cohen, David Malvinni, Shaugn O’Donnell.

“‘Never Knew So Much Before’: The State of Dead Studies.” Chair: Rebecca G. Adams. Panelists: Stanley J. Spector, Nicholas G. Meriwether.


Special Session

“A Screening of The Grateful Dead Movie.” Chair: Mark Pinkus.