The Best Band EVER. Period. End of story.

More specifically, a jam band whose music combined rock, folk, blues, bluegrass, psychadelia, country, jazz, and gospel, along with an indescribable sort of magical purity that is apparent to almost anyone who actually takes the timeto listen to it, but is mostly noticed by hippies, stoners, and liberals, all of which I identify with. As a side note, jackasses, bastards, conservative douchebags, mindless capitalist minions, and many people who voted for Bush are immune to this effect.

Members of the Grateful Dead included Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, and of course, Jerry Garcia, may he rest in peace. Some of their better songs are "Jack Straw," "Fire on the Mountain," "Scarlet Begonias," "Friend of the Devil," "Sugar Magnolia," "Cassidy," "Sugaree," "Samson & Delilah," "Box of Rain," Eyes of the World," "The Wheel," "Ramble on Rose," and "Playing in the Band." Their best albums are Terrapin Station, Europe '72, Blues for Allah, Steal your Face, Shakedown Street, and Aoxomoxoa (if only for the album cover.) One major aspect of the Grateful Dead that is dificult to classify was their customized sound system, the Wall of Sound. This sound system had a seperate speaker for each instrument, and was designed so that the music could be heard over half a mile away with minimal degradation. Due to a combination of the Wall of Sound, the evolving nature of the Dead's songs, and their tendency to jam for long periods of time during concerts, the Dead experience was infinitely better live.

Though nearly anyone can enjoy the Grateful Dead, to truly understand the worlds behind the words, one must either be raised on it or attend a few Folk Festivals.

By the way, the people who said that the Dead are "Proof that if you give enough people LSD they'll totally love bad country music." and "an insidious LSD cult... infidelic pagan hippie scum... a tool of the government... etc." should rot in hell for all eternity and have a vat of acid poured into their eyes drop by drop, the cock-sucking assholes.
Any Hippie: "Want to go listen to Blues for Allah and watch the tide come in?"
Any Other Hippie: "Sure, the Grateful Dead are my heroes. Can I bring weed?"
Any Hippie: "Got some, just grab a bowl, some Doritos, and six cream sodas."
Any Other Hippie: "Cool."
by Randall Anderson March 22, 2007
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A rock band from the time when rock was real and pure.
Hippies who encouraged drug use that, although they did not encourage hippie movement, obviously moved it down the right path.
Their name originates with a mid-southern European belief in the grateful dead-- Men whose spirits were ill-at-ease until someone buried them properly. The spirits often rewarded their helper with wishes, money, and worldly goods.
Rock on, Jerry!
Grateful Dead FROCKS!
by Merit May 16, 2004
And so what if it isn't a real definition? You can't define them.

If my agnostic\athiestic ass worshipped something, it would most definitely be the Grateful Dead. For all you hippie-haters, I say, DAMN YOU. So what if they were stoners and whatnot? They produced some damn good music, and you'd probably agree if you'd actually listen to it.
Thank you, Jerry, for a real good time.
by Leiko October 03, 2004
An American band, heavily influenced by psychedelia. Formed in 1965, from the remnants of a different band, "Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions". They were best known for their unique style, which oftened encompasses many different styles of music, including rock, folk music, blues, bluegrass, jazz, and country. They started their career as The Warlocks, in Palo Alto, soon moving to San Francisco. The original line-up of the Dead, as they were called by die-hard fans, were Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan. In later years, they gained many additional members, including Mickey Hart, Tom Constanten, Keith Godchaux, Donna Jean Godchaux, Brent Mydland, Vince Welnick, and soundman Owsley "Bear" Stanley. One thing the Grateful Dead were famous for, other then their unique sound was their live sound. Nobody of their time could compare. The Grateful Dead were also famous for their sound system, nicknamed the Wall of Sound, which was specially designed for them, and was totally unique.
The Grateful Dead was split up shortly after the death of Garcia in 1995. Some of them toured together under the name "The Other Ones", but mostly, they retired to solo projects, the most well known of which are Bob Weir's Ratdog, and Phil Lesh and Friends.
Stoner: Hey man, wanna go see the Grateful Dead?
Stoner 2: Sure, just let me grab some joints.
by Your Face is Lame September 24, 2005
The fucking sickest band ever to form. Jerry Garcia> best vocals, we miss you man. Some crazy songs: CHINACAT SUNFLOWER, WHARF RAT, CASSIDY, SHAKEDOWN STREET, and every other single motherfuckin one because they are all so fucking insane! Life blows without Live Dead.
"Holy shit man, Bob Wier's comin to the state!"
"Right on, right on. It's a shame he's the only Dead man there. Fuck it man, it'll be sweet, pass the ganj."

<capitalists lick balls>
by abby THE SHIT nichols May 30, 2005
Only the COOLEST rock band ever to grace the face of the earth. Forever Jerry. ROCK ON BOB!
Hippie #1: I am going to see the Grateful Dead in concert soon.
Hippie #2: Cool can I go?
Hippie #1: Sure.
Hippie #2: Let's get stoned!
Hippie #1: At the concert!
by deadhead May 31, 2004
The all time greatest band ever! Listen to the live version of ANY of their songs and you will see the grateness that is the grateful dead.
Lately it occurs to me, what a long strang trip it's been
by Will C June 23, 2005
Orginal Members:
Jerry Garcia
Bob Weir
Phil Lesh
Bill Kreutzman
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan
The Warlocks is the original name of the Grateful Dead
by Olo February 04, 2005

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