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This Week in Grateful Dead History

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Deadaphors of the Greatful Dead

The storyteller makes no choice, soon you will not hear his voice; his job is to shed light and not to master.



It is often said that all good things must come to an end. But what is equally true – and far more promising – is that every ending offers the potential for a beginning. In that spirit, this literary trip around the sun begins at the end: the end of a year, the end of a beloved venue, the end of an era.

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Got my chips cashed in



Truckin’ is perhaps the best known song in the entire Grateful Dead repertoire. Indeed, only Touch of Grey ever climbed to a higher position on the Billboard “Hot 100” chart (Touch of Grey reached #6; Truckin’ topped out at #64 in December, 1971). As with all Grateful Dead tunes, the deeper meaning of the lyrics is found in the metaphors – I call them “Deadaphors” – and Truckin’ is overflowing with “Deadaphoric” references that beg for deeper exploration.

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Upcoming Weeks

This Week in Grateful Dead History: Week 16 - April 12, 1978Is there anything a man don’t stand to lose

This Week in Grateful Dead History: Week 16 - April 12, 1978

Is there anything a man don’t stand to lose

I was first exposed to bigotry at the age of five when my family unwittingly became the only Jewish residents of what proved to be a passionately anti-Semitic neighborhood in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. The year was 1960, and the hateful echoes of the Holocaust were still plainly audible, particularly among the already settled Scandinavian and Protestant Anglo-Saxon population, which made no effort to conceal their displeasure at the significant influx of Jewish families to the Twin Cities.

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This Week in Grateful Dead History: Week 18 - May 1, 1977I don’t trust to nothing

This Week in Grateful Dead History: Week 18 - May 1, 1977

I don’t trust to nothing

As we continue our focus on the Spring ’77 tour, we run head-on into five shows at the Palladium in New York City, April 29 – May 4 (with a well-deserved night off on May 2). The 3000-capacity Palladium played a storied role in rock music history during the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, when the property was purchased by New York University and converted into a student residential hall, affectionately referred to as Palladium Hall.

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Stew Sallo, A.K.A., The Deadhead Cyclist

Stew Sallo is the author of the book, The Deadhead Cyclist, and founder/owner of Boulder Weekly, an award-winning alternative weekly in its 30th year of publication in print and online at After graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz, he cut his teeth as a publisher in Santa Cruz for 10 years before relocating to Boulder to start the Boulder Weekly. He has been a Deadhead since the summer of 1974, attended his first Grateful Dead concert at Winterland in San Francisco on October 19, 1974, and has since been to some 200 Grateful Dead concerts. Stew is an avid mountain biker, plays competitive baseball on three teams in his home state of Colorado, and travels each year to play tournament baseball in California, Nevada, Arizona, North Carolina, South Dakota and Florida. In 2003, Stew founded the classic rock band, Hindsight. He plays a Martin D-41 in the band and sings lead and backup vocals. Stew lives in Boulder, CO with his wife of 23 years, Mari, and their 12-year-old dog, Bella.

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