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The Dedicated Deadheads Most artists involved in the music industry evoke an image from the mere mention of their name For instance when we hear Jay-Z we think about his typical music videos of promiscuous girls fancy cars and high-tech gadgets Another example is Nirvana We envision head-banging teenagers following Kurt Cobains tunes about the frustration with life What comes to mind when The Grateful Dead is stated For a good bit of people an annoyance occurs They imagine untidy groups of marijuana-smoking tattoo-covered rednecks They see the Dead as one of those druggie bands who encouraged getting high and not worrying about progressing in life In some ways these anti-Deadheads are correct The Grateful Dead is not your run-of-the-mill musical success Although the drug allegations are not far-fetched and many fans of the Dead did look like misfit hippies the Grateful Dead had a positive impact on the music world In an industry that thrives on appearance the Grateful Dead gave a deeper meaning to their music than the flawless image of success They went beyond the catchy tunes and phrases that had proven to sell records and made their living doing what made them happiest People need something to live for to enliven everyday life whether its their family job or religion By expressing true joy through entertainment without overplayed glitz and glamour the Grateful Dead gave people who did not lead the ideal family-focused job-happy life a passion to live for Jerry Garcia known as the backbone of the Grateful Dead was the lead guitarist vocalist and spokesman of the group Even as an adolescent Garcia was musically inclined He received his first guitar when he was fifteen and mostly learned to play blues folk country and jazz After trying it for a few years and smoking a good bit of marijuana Garcia dropped out of high school and enlisted in the Army but he was discharged after a matter of
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