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Julie Gilbert MUET200, Section 0101 Dr . Boden Sandstrom Patricia Vergara March 10 th , 2008 The Familial Road to an Unlimited Devotion The familiar and frequently used line “…lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been” (Hunter, 1971) from the song Truckin’ , best describes my experience growing up in a house with parents who lived, breathed, and revered the Grateful Dead . My earliest memories include Sunday nights where my mom would cook dinner with a Dead album playing, or lazy summer afternoons by the pool with my dad singing along with the boom box . The terminology for this kind of devoted fan is described as a “Deadhead .” Deadheads supported the band in almost a religious manner, “following the group around the country and providing a synergy between band and audience that was unique in rock” ( Rolling Stone ) . In their youth, my parents were free-spirited fun loving people who loved the Grateful Dead because the band reflected their style . Their love and reverence for the Grateful Dead never faded, because they are still die- hard fans to this day . However, it was not until semi-recently that I came to appreciate the Grateful Dead as much as they do and realize what an integral part the band’s music is of my
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