THE SACRED AND THE DEAD: THREE WAYS TO AMERICAN BEAUTY
One sentence, spoken by an anonymous “usher” to a maverick producer who then riffed to boisterous audience at the Fillmore East—all the words spoken then say more than any of us digitally-connected folk will be able to say. But as Bill Graham tells it, “you can use sentences and sentences,” so we might as well try.
I nominate the Grateful Dead as a singular-categorical phenomenon, and I further declare that the singular category adhering to this phenomenon is replete-ness.
We begin with the Grateful Dead, as Bill Graham affirmed, as an environment, and an environment replenishes the curious and courageous mind with meaning, being replete and all. So we approach the Dead with an intellectual thirst for the whole.
To that end: we can explore the Dead through language, we can explore the Dead as ethos, and we can engage the Dead via participation.
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