2017 Caucus

The twentieth annual meeting of the Grateful Dead Scholars Caucus at the thirty-fifth Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM, February 15–18, 2017.

Area Chair: Nicholas G. Meriwether.

Conference Program (Free PDF download)


Matthew Armstrong. “‘The Silver Apples of the Moon’: The Echo of Yeats in the Psychedelic Tradition.”

Melvin J. Backstrom. “‘One’s For Sport, and One’s for Blood’: The Dualities of ‘Jack Straw.’”

Barry Barnes. “My History with the Grateful Dead Scholars Caucus.”

Christian Crumlish. “Twenty Years So Far: Discoursing the Dead at SWPCA.”

Brian Felix. “Chasing Banjo Joe: Jug Bands, Mother McCree’s and the Early Grateful Dead.”

Granville Ganter. “Grateful Dead and Fourth Wall Poetics.”

Jesse Jarnow. “The Deadologists: Fan-Scholars and the Future of History.”

Steven R. Hurlburt. “Little Fluffy Black Peter.”

Heather Laurel. “Spiritual and Romantic Elation: Further Explorations in Voice Leading and Text Setting in Garcia/Hunter Songs.”

Andrew McGann. “‘Jehovah’s Favorite Choir’: The Grateful Dead and the Biblical Story.”

Nicholas G. Meriwether. “Conjuring the Warlocks: Bohemia and the Birth of the Grateful Dead.”

Rick Monture. “From Ithaca to Buffalo, May 1977.”

Shaugn O’Donnell, “The Road[s] … (Not) Taken.”

Randy Prus. “Emerson’s ‘Box of Rain.’”

Timothy Ray and Deirdre Pettipiece-Ray. “‘She Had Rings on Her Fingers and Bells on Her Shoes’: The Archetype of the Groovy Hippy Chick in the Lyrics and Culture of the Grateful Dead.”

Hollie Rose. “Diaries and the Deadhead Experience.”

Dennis Rothermel. “The Lost Project of the Film Adaptation of The Sirens of Titan.”

Matthew Shumski. “Expanding the Conscious: The Grateful Dead’s Method to Counter American Culture.”

Stanley J. Spector. “Untitled #1, or ‘The Kids They Dance. and They Shake Their Bones.’”

Kurt Torell, “On the Ontology of the Grateful Dead.”

Bob Trudeau. “Teaching the Dead: A Report.”

Jay Williams. “A Grateful Dead Aesthetic: From Avant-Garde to Kitsch.”

Robert G. Weiner. “Sequential Art Meets the Dead: Grateful Dead-Related Comics.” Read by Barry Barnes.

James Woglom. “Shakedown: Deadheads’ Relational Aesthetic Tachytopia.”

Brent Wood. “Ironic Intertextual Retrospective in ‘So Many Roads.’”


Special Session

Graeme M. Boone. “Quicksilver and the Promise of San Francisco Rock.”


Roundtable Discussions

“‘Searching for the Sound’: A Grateful Dead Listening Session.” Chair: David Gans. Panelists: Melvin J. Backstrom, Brian Felix, Heather Laurel.

“Social Movements and the Grateful Dead.” Chair: Beth Carroll. Panelists: Rhoney Stanley, Natalie Dollar.

“‘Strangest I Could Find’: What the Grateful Dead under Reagan May Tell Us About the Trump Years.” Chair: Christian Crumlish, Jesse Jarnow, Jay Williams.

“Who speaks for the (Grateful) Dead? On power and authority in Grateful Dead Scholarship.” Chair: Natalie Dollar. Panelists: Graeme M. Boone, Beth Carroll, Nicholas Meriwether.