Master of Science (MS)
Geography and Anthropology
The Grateful Dead hold a unique niche in the musical, social, and cultural history of the United States. However, while the volume of available academic literature concerning the band is increasing, the Grateful Dead remain to be nearly ignored by academia and, to this point apparently, completely ignored by cultural geographers. This paper introduces the Grateful Dead into the field of geography. I analyze the geography of certain aspects of the band, such as its context in San Francisco, the carnival atmosphere of the entire phenomenon, the over 2300 tour dates, as well as the huge catalog of lyrics sung by the band throughout their thirty year career. I intend this thesis to serve as an introduction to geographic research of the Grateful Dead phenomenon as well as a basis for further geographic research of it, offering some ideas for further research in the final chapter.
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Culli, Daniel R., ""Never could read no road map": geographic perspectives on the Grateful Dead" (2004). LSU Master's Theses. 2331.