The Grateful Dead in Concert: Essays on Live Improvisation (Google eBook)

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Jim Tuedio, Stan Spector
McFarland, Feb 9, 2010 - Music - 365 pages
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This book offers a spirited analysis of the unique improvisational character of Grateful Dead music and its impact on appreciative fans. The 20 essays capture distinct facets of the Grateful Dead phenomenon from a broad range of scholarly angles. The band's trademark synergizing focus is discussed as a function of complex musical improvisation interlaced with the band members' collective assimilation of an impressive range of marginal musical forms and lyrical traditions. These facets are shown to produce a vibrant Deadhead experience, resulting in community influences still morphing in new directions 45 years after the band's initial impact.
  

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Contents

Foreword
3
Preface
7
Introduction
11
Musical and Lyrical Elements of Grateful Dead Improvisation
15
Some Philosophical Contours of Grateful Dead Improvisation
127
Experiencing Community Through Grateful Dead Improvisation
209
Encore
323
Greensleeves
337
Contributors
345
Index
351
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About the author (2010)

Jim Tuedio, professor of philosophy and director of the university honors program at California State University-Stanislaus, is the author of numerous scholarly articles and is a past president of the American Society for Philosophy, Counseling and Psychotherapy. He lives in Denair, California. Stan Spector is a professor of philosophy at Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California, and is the author of many scholarly articles. He is a past director of the college honors program and is currently co-chair of the Grateful Dead Caucus.

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