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Official Grateful Dead Merch
Railroad & Bears Design
V Tie Dye Grateful Dead Shirt
The Grateful Dead has always been known for their eclectic style, memorable performances, and lengthy instrumental jams. Founded in 1965 in Palo Alto, California, the band has utilized several themes throughout their discography; none of which are as prevalent as the railroad. The use of trains and the railroad is featured in over 15 of the band’s songs including“Casey Jones,”“He’s Gone,” and“Tons of Steel.” When reviewing the Dead’s repertoire of songs it becomes apparent that coincidentally or by intent, the fact remains the band employed more metaphorical railroad references than any other type of“recurring-theme image.” It’s argued that the railroad metaphor was used by the Grateful Dead more than any other recording group in the United States.
The shirt also features the dancing bears logo drawn by Bob Thomas as part of the back cover for the album History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One(Bear’s Choice)(1973). The bear is a reference to Owsley“Bear” Stanley who recorded and produced the album. Bear himself wrote“the bears on the album cover are not really‘dancing.’ I don’t know why people think they are; their positions are quite obviously those of a high-stepping march.”
Tie-dye featuring a skeleton conductor and a sign reading railroad junction.
Tie-dye featuring trains, skeleton conductor, and dancing bears logo.
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