REBECCA G. ADAMS, Ph.D., is an associate professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. An expert on the sociology of friendship, she has published four books and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. Among Deadheads, Rebecca is known as the sociologist who took a class of students on the Grateful Dead’s 1989 Summer Tour to study the community. Rebecca is associate producer of a video, Deadheads: An American Subculture (PBS, 1990), and author of several articles in Deadhead magazines. Recently, the Grateful Dead employed her to analyze data regarding the development of Terrapin Station, an experiential space planned to be built in San Francisco. Her presidential address of the Southern Sociological Society, ‘‘Inciting Sociological Thought by Studying the Deadhead Community: Engaging Publics in Dialogue,’’ was published in SocialForces (September 1998).
PHILIP E. BARUTH teaches at the University of Vermont. He is the author of two novels: The Millennium Shows (1994) and The Dream of the White Village (1998), and the editor of Introducing Charlotte Charke, a collection of essays on a ‘‘notorious’’ eighteenth-century autobiographer and actress. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.
VAUGHAN BLACK has been a fan of the Dead since acquiring the band’s first album in 1967. He is a professor of law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, where he works at the legal aid clinic and teaches private international law. In conjunction with David Fraser, his co-author in this volume, he has previously published on music and the law.