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The culture of Grateful Dead fans is a recognized subculture in American society The definition of a subculture is a religious economic or regional etc group identified by shared patterns of behavior which differ from those of the surrounding culture1 The Grateful Dead fans are called and call themselves Deadheads The Deadhead subculture uses language to express the tone of the culture The culture is a culture with a strong sense of community This is tied into the lyrics of the Grateful Dead by their literal meaning and by the symbolizing meanings The Deadhead community has terms for different segments of deadheads places at Grateful Dead show items both outside and inside a concert and a basic terminology used through out the culture Each variation has a connotation as to the feel for the culture Some basic terminology for Deadheads is tour head dye and show The first term that should be defined is the name Dead head The book Skeleton key a dictionary for deadheads describes a deadhead as someone who loves -- and draws meaning from -- the music of the Grateful Dead and the experience of dead shows and builds community with others who feel the same way2A Head is another name for a Deadhead but the term is normally only used among the different individuals of the culture An example of this would be when one deadhead introduces a friend to another deadhead Joe this is my friend Mike hes a Head The term show is another way of saying a grateful dead concert The reason that heads call the concert a show is because a concert implies listening to music while a show describes the carnival like atmosphere of a grateful dead concert The term Tour is used as both a noun and a verb by Deadheads The noun meaning is a list of Dead shows that the band has performed in a given season ie summer tour The verb
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