While the Grateful Dead may be known for their cultural relevance over the years with anti-conformist branding, they have sparked timeless fashion trends for their loyal fans. These fans are known as “Deadheads”; the classic hippies that seem to never find the limits of short-lived trends in their style.
If it weren’t for the Grateful Dead, we may have never been as aware about our tie-dye tees and acid wash jeans. Most people can attest to the fact that these are classic pieces that bring a blocked-off look a little more “pop”. For some of us, we even make our physical aesthetic embrace the “true” hippie culture with piercings, dreadlocks, and a whole boat-load of Shakedown Street paraphernalia.
By Josh Zegans
As enthusiastic Americans flock to Wells Fargo Center this Thursday, everyone is forced to see a reappearance of the cultural phenomenon branded as Dead and Company.
Known primarily as a psychedelic rock band (and originally recognized as the Grateful Dead), the Dead have embodied the 1960’s counter-culture for over 50 years. Led by the late Jerry Garcia, the majority of the living members, with John Mayer and a few others, a fall / winter tour has brought the music “back to life”. The band has been known to “jam” during their shows, never leaving room for formality, along basing their lyrics and melodies on improvisation (some of their live renditions of just ONE SONG can be as long as a half hour!).
Being an avid Deadhead as well, I went to the show on November 5th to dance and jam out to classic songs like “Sugar Magnolia” and “Iko Iko”. Wearing my best pair of Birkenstock's in reference to Bob Weir, the rhythm guitarist, I danced around with people of all ages; from 75 to 5 years of age. If you need a place to pick up new references for outspoken fashion, or simply try out that funky outfit you never knew what to wear to, throw on a Steal Your Face hat and go out to see the Dead!