The Grateful Dead and Philosophy: Getting High Minded about Love and Haight

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9
A Touch of Grey: Gratefully
Dead?

RANDALL E. AUXIER


Tuning Up

DALE: Jerry had a diabetic coma, he came close to dying a
couple of times and the Dead Heads were like “oh no,
he’s not gonna die.” When he did die, I wasn’t expecting
anything like that, I’d just seen him. And I figured they’d
go on, and even when he died I figured, well, what are
they gonna do? Are they gonna go on? Where are the
Dead Heads gonna go?

ROBBIE: They were adrift for a while I do believe.

CORY: I never saw the Grateful Dead … I always wished I’d
lived in the Sixties, it’s pretty much the best you’re gonna
see, even going to see a pseudo-Grateful Dead show…
. But really the kids that do that, no matter what machine
is making money off that, they’re gonna find somewhere
that they can go and gather, and be together, and do what
it is they do and experiment and socialize.

ROBBIE: There were a lot of hangers-out, you know, back in
the day, like now, only more so. Some of them had inde-
terminate functions, if you know what I’m saying.


Live Dead

So here’s the thing. I couldn’t help being intrigued when, after a stint as The Other Ones, the band started touring again as just The Dead. No longer Grateful? Jerry was gone (and Pigpen, and

-97-

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