From Library Journal
dead-icated followers. While many picture a Deadhead as a scruffy youth in a tie-dyed T-shirt who drives a wildly painted bus and follows the Dead from concert to concert, Deadheads form a unique subculture that includes people of all ages and from all walks of life. In attempting to capture a culture that mythologist Joseph Campbell called "the most recently developed tribe on the planet," this book includes album reviews, band member profiles, and Internet addresses. But best of all, it captures the Deadheads' rich jargon-from crispy, the ick, and jonesin to rezzie, spacedancing, the Zone, and many more. Essential for larger public libraries, music collections, and any venue where Deadheads park their bus. [See also Sandy Troy's Captain Trips: A Biography of Jerry Garcia, reviewed on page 79.-Ed.]-Tim LaBorie, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphi.--Tim LaBorie, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
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One of the most long-standing subcultures in America today is that of the Deadheads--the fans and followers (literally) of the perdurable 1960s San Francisco rock band the Grateful Dead. Over the years, an impressive number of cottage industries--including a newsletter, books, magazines, and a thriving trade in audio and video performance tapes--has sprung up to serve this subculture. Now comes the dictionary of the Dead, in which we learn, for example, about "energy balls," a recreational form of glowing energy that "psychedelically sensitized Heads" play with at concerts as more mundane souls might with beach balls. Besides such curious phenomena, the dictionary includes tiny biographies of significant members of the Dead community and technical entries such as one for MIDI
(musical instrument digital interface). And that's the beauty of the book; indeed, of the whole Deadhead thing--you're just as likely to be talking advanced electronics and music as to be tossing pure energy back and forth. Not just informative, this book's a great trip. Mike Tribby