Naming of the Grateful Dead

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Below is an explanation about how the Grateful Dead was named. But, where come the rose that is seen on the banner Death carries, that has been called Rosa Mundi ‘The Rose of the World’.

Two days after I died, about six members of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love came to see me. They wanted to see if I was ‘The One’. The Brotherhood believed LSD would put an end to war. How odd that Ian Easton and I look alike, and Rena loved both ends of a life and death spectrum. When you die, duality ceases to exist. It can cease to exist if you find the right one. I had not taken drugs for three years prior to kissing Rena. I was part of a great experiment that I could not escape from.

In 1967 I was hooked up to Tim Scully’s biofeedback machine. I knew members of the brotherhood of Eternal Love. When I lived in a commune in San Francisco with Nancy Hamren and my sister, they went on a double date with Stanley Owsley and Nick Sands. Tim’s childhood friend, Robert, became my art patron. Bob also worked at the Livermore laboratory when he was a teenager. Tim was written up in the Oakland tribune for making his own computer.

Nancy Hamren and I went to McCheznie Junior High in Oakland, then Oakland High. Bill Arnold was the love of Nancy’s life. She was the first girl I ever kissed. In 1966 we became roommates on Pine Street, where we partied with two members of the Jefferson Airplane when they visted the two Swedish Airline Stewardesses down the hall. We later lived in a commune called ‘Idle Hands’ with the two daughter of Jayrd Zoerthian who has been titled ‘The Last Bohemian’. We parties at the Zorthian Ranch when we were eighteen.

Nancy dated Stanley Augustus Owsley, and went on a double date with my sister Christine, with the LSD chemist Nick Sand. Christine had come to live with me at Idle Hands. The man behind Owsley,who grew up with Tim Scully, was my patron. These people are associated with the Brotherhood of Eternal Love who I took LSD with in Laguna Beach.

Nancy lived on Ken Kesey’s ranch and is now a co-owner of the Springfield Creamery made famous by Nancy’s Yogurt. I have been on the bus. This is the history I and my late sister are, and will forever be, famous for. We were at the epicenter of something truly unique, something that changed the world forever. I have been recording my Bohemian Roots that led to the experiment to end all experiments. It is my goal to legitimize the so called Hippie Movement so it can go foreword without the drugs.

The name “Grateful Dead” was chosen from a dictionary. According to Phil Lesh, in his autobiography (pp. 62), “… [Jerry Garcia] picked up an old Britannica World Language Dictionary…[and]…In that silvery elf-voice he said to me, ‘Hey, man, how about the Grateful Dead?'” The definition there was “the soul of a dead person, or his angel, showing gratitude to someone who, as an act of charity, arranged their burial.” According to Alan Trist, director of the Grateful Dead’s music publisher company Ice Nine, Garcia found the name in the Funk & Wagnalls Folklore Dictionary, when his finger landed on that phrase while playing a game of “dictionary”.[22] In the Garcia biography, Captain Trips, author Sandy Troy states that the band was smoking the psychedelic DMT at the time.[23] The term “grateful dead” appears in folktales of a variety of cultures. In mid-1969, Phil Lesh told another version of the story to Carol Maw, a young Texan visiting with the band in Marin County who also ended up going on the road with them to the Fillmore East and Woodstock. In this version, Phil said, “Jerry found the name spontaneously when he picked up a dictionary and the pages fell open. The words ‘grateful’ and ‘dead’ appeared straight opposite each other across the crack between the pages in unrelated text.”

Other supporting personnel who signed on early included Rock Scully, who heard of the band from Kesey and signed on as manager after meeting them at the Big Beat Acid Test; Stewart Brand, “with his side show of taped music and slides of Indian life, a multimedia presentation” at the Big Beat and then, expanded, at the Trips Festival; and Owsley Stanley, the “Acid King” whose LSD supplied the tests and who, in early 1966, became the band’s financial backer, renting them a house on the fringes of Watts and buying them sound equipment. “We were living solely off of Owsley’s good graces at that time…. [His] trip was he wanted to design equipment for us, and we were going to have to be in sort of a lab situation for him to do it,” said Garcia.[

Rock Scully (born August 1, 1941) was the manager of The Grateful Dead from 1965 to 1985.[1] He is the co-author with David Dalton of the book Living With The Dead.
Living in The Haight before and during the Summer of Love, Scully first saw the band play at one of Ken Kesey’s Acid Tests under the name “The Warlocks”. He signed on as the band’s manager almost immediately. He started to book the band at small local venues like The Fillmore, a place where many bands such as Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & The Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service got their start.
After 1967, the Dead started to hit it off big and Scully began to move up in the music industry, even getting the Dead into concerts like Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival, although the Grateful Dead performance at Woodstock has never been released reportedly due to Scully’s handling of their appearance there, though most believe it was more a result of the rain and electrical problems that occurred during their set.[citation needed] He started getting them record deals with Warner Brothers, and getting tours and albums together.

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