2018 Meeting

The twenty-first annual meeting of the Grateful Dead Scholars Caucus at the thirty-sixth Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM, February 7–10, 2018.

Area Chair: Nicholas G. Meriwether.

Conference Program (Free PDF Download)


Rebecca Adams and Justin Harmon. “Intentional Sub-Communities and Identity Continuity among Baby Boomers: Grateful Dead Fans.”

Melvin Backstrom. “‘Now is the Time of Returning’: Processes of Unification in the Grateful Dead’s Live/Dead.”

Jacob A. Cohen. “‘We Don’t Know Who You Are, But It’s Nice to Meet You’: When Branford Marsalis Jammed with the Grateful Dead.”

Rick Dodgson. “Still A Bear: Owsley Stanley and the Acid Tests.”

David Emerson. “Dead Side of the Moon, or, the Lamb Lies Down on Haight-Ashbury: Prog Rock and the Grateful Dead.”

Granville Ganter. “Tom Wolfe and the Counterculture.”

Steven Gimbel. “‘The Strangest of Places’: An Atlas of Dead Studies Philosophical Discourses.”

Mary Goodenough. “‘Since the End is Never Told’: The Private Diary and Grateful Dead Scholarship.”

Jason Johnson. “Lessons of the Dead: Philanthropy, Environmental Consciousness, and the Grateful Dead Brand Today.”

Randolph Jordan. “Listening from the Empty Booth: Performing Ephemerality in Long Strange Trip.”

Chaone Mallory. “The Land of the Woodcutter’s Daughter: An Ecofeminist Mapping of the Territory of Nature-Cultures in the Imaginary of Grateful Dead.”

Mark E. Mattson. “Common Lyric Errors in Grateful Dead Performances.”

Nicholas G. Meriwether. “The Ghosts of Altamont and the Lessons of the Dead.”

Alyse O’Hara. “‘He Made a Little Fiddle of Her Breast Bone’: Jerry Garcia, the Murder Ballad, and Gothic Aesthetics.”

Michael Parrish. “A Historic Conjunction: The Dead and Miles at the Fillmore West.”

Susan Peterson. “‘Tell Me All That You Know’: Teaching the Dead.”

Dennis Rothermel. “Documenting the Long, Strange Trip: What We Don’t Hear and Don’t See.”

William Semins. “‘Carve Your Name in Ice and Wind’: The Legacies of Owsley Stanley.”

Stanley J. Spector. “‘But They Keep on Dancin’:’ Grateful Dead Music and Life Affirmation.”

Rhoney Stanley. “Bear Witness: The Legacy of Owsley Stanley.”

Jay Williams. “The Movie as Monster: On Long Strange Trip.”

Jan Wright. “Step Out of the Store, Light Out and Look All Around: Metadata Theory, Indexing, and Grateful Dead Merchandise Search Terms.”

Elizabeth Yeager. “‘I Feel the Feeling I Forgot’: Authenticity and the Show Experience in the Grateful Dead and Phish Scenes.”


Roundtable Discussions

“A Box of Rain: Listening to the Last Year of the Dead.” Chair: Nicholas Meriwether. Panelists: Mike Dolgushkin, Michael Parrish.

“’Listening for the Secret’: A Grateful Dead Listening Session.” Chair: David Gans. Panelists: Melvin J. Backstrom, Mark E. Mattson.

“’Next Thing You Know, You Got Women’s Lib’: Researching Representations and the Cultural Impact of Grateful Dead Women.” Chair: Elizabeth Carroll. Panelists: Susan Balter-Reitz, Rhoney Stanley.

“Reflections on the Counterculture and the Grateful Dead, Fifty Years After.” Chair: Kurt Torell. Panelists: Daniel Dissinger, Granville Ganter, Amy Walsh.

“The Grateful Dead’s Summer of Love: Museums, Memory, and Myth.” Chair: Philip Eliasoph. Panelists: Susan Balter-Reitz, David Gans.

“The Music Never Stops: Ranking the Dead’s Corpus.” Chair: Barry Barnes. Panelists: David Gans, Bob Trudeau.

“Through A Star Darkly: The Warped America of Grateful Dead Lyrics.” Chair: Jeremy Berg. Panelist: Timothy D. Ray.