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 25, 2005
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Grateful Dead originated as a theme of stories surrounding a man traveling upon a path and meeting upon death or a life threatening debt. Another man comes along and pays the strangers debt, buries the dead man, pays for his burial, or pays his debts enabling his proper burial. In any case, the restless soul is laid to rest and the protagonist continues about his way only to find himself in peril. At this time, his life is spared by the spirit or effects of the dead man or the heroic actions of the freed man from earlier in the story.
You go to a Grateful Dead Show, but you have no ticket because you blew all your cash smoking out your recently divorced Deadhead buddy. You stand around all day getting stoned for free with your index finger in the air and some gorgeous little hippy chick comes up to you and kisses you on the lips and gives you a free ticket to the show....You, your divorcee buddy, and the cute chick with extra tickets all dance like the Wizard of Oz, hand in hand, up the ramp into the concert. 20 years later you and your Deadhead buddy are talking about the time you and he and his wife met at the Dead Show....
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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 17, 2004
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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
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The most awesome band that has ever existed. No band ever has or ever will be better than them. We miss you.

Rest In Peace
Jerry Garcia
Ron "Pigpen" Mckernan
Keith Godchaux
Brent Mydland

Each lost before his time.
Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Ron "Pigpen" Mckernan, Tom Constanen, Keith Godchaux, Donna Godchaux, Brent Mydland, Bruce Hornsby, and Vince Welnick are all the members of the Grateful Dead throughout their years.
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A band in the "hippie years" who wrote such songs as Friend of the Devil and Truckin'. Had fanatic followers called Dead Heads.
The Grateful Dead is a great band.
by Annarocks July 24, 2006
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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 3, 2004
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