Grateful Dead

So Many Roads Conference Brings Grateful Dead Scholars to SJSU in November

So Many Roads – the World In the Grateful Dead, is an interdisciplinary conference celebrating the diverse roles the iconic American band has played in arts and culture since their formation nearly 50 years ago.

Scheduled for Nov. 5-8, 2014 in San Jose State University’s Student Union, the conference is sponsored by San Jose State University in partnership with the Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Rhino Records, Grateful Dead Productions, and Ice Nine Publishing. So far, 50 speakers including an international roster of academics, band family members and associates, journalists, artists, musicians, and authors of books about various aspects of the Dead phenomenon. Panels will explore the band’s influence in such diverse areas as politics, business, journalism, religious studies, and even gourmet cooking.

On Friday, Nov. 7, the conference hosts a celebration of San Francisco poster art, featuring artists including Stanley Mouse, David Singer, and Chris Shaw, in conjunction with a major exhibit of Dead posters in the SJSU library.

For event registration and more information, visit the conference website. Several Dead-related musical events are taking place in and around San Jose during the conference. Speakers are being added daily, so please visit the conference Facebook page for the latest additions.

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marye's picture
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I think

folks are still overwhelmed. I know I am.

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Any more coments?

That's it? This was a four day conference about the Dead and nobody can share with us what went down, in all those workshops and forums? Please share if you can....

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marye

Sorry you couldn't make it today. Lot of stuff regarding posters/artwork, which is right in my wheelhouse. Vault discussion was interesting. The physical vault is comprised of 4 racks, about 40 feet long and 25 feet high (!) categorized by format then date. Surprisingly, there are no centurions guarding the locked gate, no alligators in the moat!

Quite a bit of discussion about the selection process for worthy shows. Too lengthy to go into here. Suffice it to say, they take that responsibility very seriously and genuinely aim to release superior recordings.

Also discussed the limited edition aspect of some releases. It's all driven by the economics, and they feel like they're finally getting a pretty good handle on things so picks don't sell out as fast next year. They're pretty excited about a special release for next year.

Interesting story about the Europe 72 box. During a meeting, of the 8 folks in attendance, a few thought that they wouldn't reach the 3000 unit break-even mark, and no one thought they'd sell all 7200 (Pinkus and Lemieux included!). The rest, as they say, is history.

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"Resurrecting Jerry Garcia for the Digital Age" panel

Mark Silverman, Trixie Garcia, Marc Allan

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The Journalists...

(l-r: David Gans, Blair Jackson, Steve Silberman)

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sitting today out

and kicking myself mightily, but I've got to take care of biz today and be functional for tomorrow's sessions!

Go see Henry! Give us a report on the Vault session, which I'm *really* bummed to be missing.

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Curses!!

Foiled again! Must wear a better disguise the next time I venture outside the Bolo abode!

marye's picture
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first day awesome

Especially because hey, I met the elusive bolo24!

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i'll be there with bells on

not literally

but i will be chairing a panel on fiction and memoir with some amazing writers

marye's picture
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Full schedule now up

Yikes! (In a good way...)

http://www.sjsu.edu/somanyroads/schedule/

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