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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Culli, Daniel R.
Author's Email Address dculli1@lsu.edu
URN etd-06032004-112424
Title "Never Could Read No Road Map": Geographic Perspectives on the Grateful Dead
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Geography & Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kent Mathewson Committee Chair
Andrew Curtis Committee Member
Craig Colten Committee Member
  • music geography
  • acid rock
  • san francsico
  • carnivalism
  • carnivalesque
  • grateful dead
Date of Defense 2004-03-25
Availability unrestricted
The Grateful Dead hold a unique niche in the musical, social, and cultural history of the United States. However, while the volume of available academic literature concerning the band is increasing, the Grateful Dead remain to be nearly ignored by academia and, to this point apparently, completely ignored by cultural geographers. This paper introduces the Grateful Dead into the field of geography. I analyze the geography of certain aspects of the band, such as its context in San Francisco, the carnival atmosphere of the entire phenomenon, the over 2300 tour dates, as well as the huge catalog of lyrics sung by the band throughout their thirty year career. I intend this thesis to serve as an introduction to geographic research of the Grateful Dead phenomenon as well as a basis for further geographic research of it, offering some ideas for further research in the final chapter.
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