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Published: 2006/06/23
by Taylor Hill

‘Deadheads Are What Liberals Claim to Be But Aren’t’:An Interview with Ann Coulter

When I called the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute, whose chairwoman gives speeches on topics with titles like "The Failures of Feminism", and told the gatekeeper there that I wanted to do an interview with Ann Coulter solely about the Grateful Dead, there was a small pause. Then she recovered and politely told me to send her an e-mail, which she would forward to Ann. That, I expected, would be the end of it.

When I got home that night, and saw an e-mail in my box from Ann Coulter, I thought "how polite of her to send a rejection letter rather than simply ignoring my proposal." Instead, I found that she had somehow written "I’d love to! Good website!" While she was delayed by a round of speeches to make up due to strep throat, and other events life throws out, we kept shooting e-mails back and forth and I discovered a secret that I will reveal despite the damage to her reputation that it may cause: Ann is really cool and really funny. The few friends I talked with about this said "What? You of all people are getting along with Ann Coulter?!" It was easy and simple to do: we never talked policy. It was a joy talking with her, even if we don’t agree on everything (most politics, and "Alabama Getaway" sucks).

What followed was the most surreal interview I have ever done in my life. It involves smearing oneself with purple Crisco, Kanye (Ann’s a fan), slews of Reagan and Bush appointees leaving the Justice Department to go to Dead shows, lamentation for the neglected "Pride of Cucamonga," getting inside info on the Monica Lewinsky scandal by being a Deadhead, and saying goodbye to Jerry in Golden Gate Park. Some of her answers WILL piss people off, but there’s no doubting her tie-dyed credentials even if the dye is much more red than blue. Her latest book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, was published earlier this month.

Taylor Hill: When and how was your first Dead show?

Ann Coulter: I have no recollection of it whatsoever, other than that it was awesome.

TH: When and how was your last Dead show?

AC: I have no recollection of it whatsoever, other than that it was awesome. Actually, my last Dead show wasn’t quite a Dead show since Jerry wasn’t there, but I flew out to the Jerry Garcia memorial in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco with a fellow Deadhead from D.C. the weekend after Jerry went to the great psychedelic rock concert in the sky. The rest of the band played and it was great to be with my fellow Deadheads. It was very sad after Jerry died, not because I felt like I had a psychic connection to him or anything, but only because something really fun I liked to do, I couldn’t do anymore. It would be as if all ski resorts just shut down one day. So the Golden Gate Park memorial was a good way to end it.

TH: How many Dead shows did you see?

AC: I used to keep all my ticket stubs from Dead shows it was just something Deadheads did, like keeping lists of songs but I didn’t know why. So, in a lunatic cleaning frenzy around 1990, I threw them all out as if a small section of a drawer devoted to Dead ticket stubs was messing up the whole place. After Jerry died, I said, “Eureka! That’s why we keep ticket stubs!” These are usually the sort of factual minutiae Deadheads excel at, but I failed because of my OCD cleaning obsession. So I’m not exactly, precisely 100 percent sure. I frantically tried to figure it out by checking with some of my fellow Deadheads after Jerry died and adding up the number of shows we had been to together, and I estimated it was about 67 shows. And they were awesome.

TH: Have you ever seen any of the side projects, like Phil & Friends and Ratdog?

AC: I’ve seen Ratdog a few times (chicks love Bobby), though no Dead at all since Jerry died. THEY’RE DEAD TO ME NOW! (Joke.) I still listen to Dead tapes and CDs, but no more concerts for me. Of course, I’ve been working a lot, so basically no more fun for me.

TH: Are there any other jambands you like?

AC: All the usual String Cheese Incident, Phish, Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler, New Potato Caboose. I can’t really tell you all the groups I like because have an iPod so have a lot of songs my friends send me and I never really know who I’m listening to. But I try to keep up with what the young people are listening to these days (I love saying that). There’s Jet, Cake, Outkast, 50 Cent, Black-Eyed Peas, Lord Alge, Beck, Kanye West (I like his Jesus song), Missy Elliot, and Eagles of Death Metal. I’m five years behind, aren’t I? I’m very busy!

TH: What exactly do you love about the Grateful Dead?

AC: The tie-dye of course. Truth be told I hated tie-dye, though I finally broke down and would wear tie-dyed Dead shirts to concerts solely as a tribute to my fellow Deadheads.

Oddly enough, I like the music. No one believes that I never took drugs at Dead shows (except for the massive clouds of passive marijuana smoke) but I went because I really liked the music. There are various groups I get enthusiastic about for awhile, but of all the music I’ve listened to over the years, the Grateful Dead is the one band I never grow tired of. Apparently, the same is true of me for ski-lift operators.

Moreover, I really like Deadheads and the whole Dead concert scene: the tailgating, the tie-dye uniforms, the camaraderie it was like NASCAR for potheads. You always felt like you were with family at a Dead show a rather odd, psychedelic family that sometimes lived in a VW bus and sold frightening looking “veggie burritos.” But whatever their myriad interests, clothing choices, and interest in illicit drugs, true Deadheads are what liberals claim to be but aren’t: unique, free-thinking, open, kind, and interested in different ideas. Also, excellent dancers! Watching a Deadhead dance is truly something to behold.

Somewhat contrary to the image of Deadheads as hippies, the Dead were huge in my hometown of New Canaan, CT, which is a pretty preppie town. We toyed with the idea of making "Truckin’" our prom song with a "Long Strange Trip" theme, but we ended up with some dorky rainbow theme instead. I tend to associate the Dead with lacrosse players and my favorite fraternities, Fiji and Theta Delt.

The one time I missed not being able to go to Dead shows more than any other since Jerry died was during the Clinton impeachment. There was so much viciousness – killed cats, punctured tires, threats, investigations and slander against those of us favoring impeachment. (Anthony Pellicano, you’ll recall the Hollywood private investigator now accused of criminal conspiracy, attempted murder, and making criminal threats was working for the Clintons during the Monica Lewinsky investigation.) I don’t really care what people say about me I’m a Christian so there’s nothing anyone can ever do to me but I kept thinking: “Boy, would I like to go to a Dead show and dance with happy, friendly deadheads for just one night!

TH: What’s your favorite Grateful Dead album?

AC: I can’t possibly pick one favorite. Nor a favorite concert tape. I have about fifty Dead tapes, including the original rap song – Mickey Hart rapping “Fire on the Mountain” – I think at my alma mater, Cornell, before I was even born. It’s fantastic. How about that? Just when you thought the Dead could be no cooler they even invented rap!

My collection of Dead tapes, by the way, was the reason I heard one of the Linda Tripp tapes before Ken Starr did. Tripp’s lawyer obviously needed to hear the tape before turning it over to the prosecutor, but he only had an old 1950’s tape player and couldn’t get it to work and Ken Starr wanted the tape the next morning. He was terrified he’d hit the wrong button and erase the evidence. In the wee hours of the morning, it occurred him, a Deadhead himself, that he knew one person in D.C. who definitely had a tape machine. So, at around 2 AM, he called me and asked to come over to use my tape deck.

My favorite Dead song is the last song I heard, and my favorite concert was the last concert I went to, but among my favorite songs are: “Eyes of the World”, “Loose Lucy”, “Franklin’s Tower”, “Althea”, “Fire on the Mountain”, “Deal”, “Sugar Magnolia”, “Unbroken Chain”, “Cassidy”, “Pride of Cucamonga”, “Uncle John’s Band”, “Ripple”, “Casey Jones”, “I Will Take You Home”, “Passenger”, “Stagger Lee”, “Tennessee Jed”, “Mississippi Half-Step”, “Good Lovin’” – I even love “Alabama Getaway”, which I gather Deadheads are supposed to spurn for being “commercially successful.” (Of course, we were also supposed to say “Phil makes the band.” I love Phil, but when Jerry died, that turned out not to be true.)

By the way, you did not ask me what my favorite bumper sticker or button is . . . and I know the answers to those questions! Bumper sticker: “Dead For Life”; button: “Jews For Jerry.”

TH: What’s your favorite Grateful Dead show, and why? Were you there?

AC: They were all my favorites especially the shows at Shoreline. It’s a beautiful outdoor amphitheater, the Dead’s home field, with California chardonnay for sale by the glass (in addition to not being a pot-smoker, I’m not much of a beer-drinker), and I often ran into my college Deadhead friends there. We’d go sailing during the day and see the band at night.

I fondly remember seeing the Dead when I was at Cornell. It was the day of the fabulous Fiji Island party on the driveway “island” of the Phi Gamma Delta House. We’d cover ourselves in purple Crisco and drink purple Kool-Aid mixed with grain alcohol and dance on the front yard. Wait I think got the order reversed there: We’d drink purple Kool-Aid mixed with grain alcohol and then cover ourselves in purple Crisco then the dancing. You probably had to be there to grasp how utterly fantastic this was.

Also, I saw the Dead at Sandstone Amphitheater near Kansas City one Fourth of July, and it was an incredibly patriotic experience.

TH: Have you ever talked with any members of the Grateful Dead?

AC: Oh yes, constantly. None of the band members were present for these conversations, but I talk to them. “Good show! Excellent Olympics opening ceremony, Mickey! Nice uniforms on those Lithuanians. Why don’t you ever play “Pride of Cucamonga” in concert? The concert hall would go wild and it would make the cover of the New York Times! Did you guys really used to dose people?”

*TH: Did the Grateful Dead give you and Al Franken something to talk about
during your debates?*

AC: Apart from Al Gore, Al Franken is the most un-Deadhead like person I know of who purports to be a Deadhead.

TH: It’s time to name names. Who are the other Deadheads who have infiltrated the conservative movement?

AC: As a Deadhead and a freedom-lover, I am wounded to the bone that you think the two do not naturally go hand in hand. The Deadheads I just met casually and not through conservative politics were almost always right-thinking, whatever they called themselves. Deadheads believe in freedom not a government telling people how much water they can have in their toilets or where they can smoke or whether they should be allowed to own a gun. (Remember the photos of Jerry testifying before some Congressional committee while chain smoking? Yeah, he’d really bond with Henry Waxman.)

One of my Dead friends I met at Vail made candles for Grateful Dead merchandizing. His daily routine consisted of waking up, smoking a bowl, and turning on the Rush Limbaugh radio show while he made his candles. (It’s true. He’s so far out there he practices this weird, freaky ritual known as “commerce.” Don’t try telling me pot is harmless!)

Also there was a big Deadhead Christian group that handed out terrific pamphlets at Dead shows. Admittedly, many of them found God staring into a puddle while high on LSD, but whatever the path, they were very serious Christians they made Jerry Falwell sound like a secularist.

Either Bobby or Jerry was asked by a Rolling Stone interviewer to denounce all the Young Reaganites attending their concerts in the 80’s, and whichever one it was not only refused to attack the young Republicans, but said he liked some of those “rightist” ideas. Consider that when the Dead decided to do something to save the Rain Forest, they didn’t harangue poverty-stricken Third Worlders to give up washing machines and electricity. They did it the free market way: buying up parts of the Rain Forest, parcel by parcel.

And they provided the Lithuanian basketball team recently liberated from the Soviet yoke with totally cool uniforms so they could play in the 1992 Olympics.

After Jerry died, U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI) gave an incredibly touching tribute to Jerry Garcia and the good work the Dead’s Rex Foundation had done promoting the arts privately in contradistinction to millionaire actresses standing up in $50,000 gowns at the Oscars and demanding that hardworking waitresses and truck drivers be forced to support the arts through government taxation. You can look it up in the Congressional Record.

But to answer your question, Senator, I personally have loads and loads of friends who are right-wingers and Deadheads. I couldn’t possibly name them all. For starters, obviously, there’s Angela Lansbury. She gave me my first psychedelic tie-dyed tube top at a Dead show just outside Tucson. Just kidding. There are: Peter Flaherty, President, National Legal And Policy Center; John Harrison, top official in the Justice Department under Reagan and Bush and now a law professor at UVA; Jim Moody, MIT grad and libertarian attorney (and Linda Tripp’s lawyer); Gary Lawson, former Scalia clerk and currently a law professor at Boston University Law School; Andrew McBride, partner at a DC law firm; DeRoy Murdoch, conservative columnist; Ben Hart, right-wing author of “Poisoned Ivy” out of Dartmouth. Oh, and the conservative talk radio host Gary Stone in Palm Springs is a Deadhead and kindly plays the Dead as my intro music. When I worked at the Justice Department during law school, I’d be leaving with a whole slew of Reagan or Bush political appointees to see the Dead at RFK. Finally, I believe the great New York subway vigilante Bernie Goetz was a Deadhead.

TH: So, I was talking to Kristy Cottrell, my friend and chairman of the Auburn University College Republicans, and she said she had no good advice for me as she really only listens to country. For someone who only listens to country, what is a good point to break into the Grateful Dead?

AC: Oh, there’s a lot of overlap: “Mama Tried”, “Me and My Uncle”, “Dark Hollow”, “Cumberland Blues”, “Tennessee Jed”. I think a country music lover would like a lot of the Dead. She might not like “Space”, but no one who was not on drugs did.

TH: Do you remember the first time you heard the Grateful Dead?

AC: I definitely remember the first time I heard the Dead the first time the whole family heard the Dead. It was “Uncle John’s Band” blasting from my oldest brother’s bedroom. The first two albums Santa gave me when I was around 11 years old were Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits and American Beauty. I think my parents' reaction was, “Well, at least they're not listening to the Osmonds.”

Comments

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Ken Cassidy June 22, 2011, 18:22:16

I’ve heard Uncle Johns Band at least 1000 times!Ann Coulter is the most interesting guest on TV. Iwould love to see her debate the :anointed one:

John R T June 28, 2011, 23:42:31

I will try, again, to listen to the Dead. Thank you, Ann.

Fred July 9, 2011, 01:23:34

Anne, I’m an old hippie and pleasantly surprised you are a deadhead. It will keep you grounded. By the way you are a hot hippy chick

Toro July 17, 2011, 16:59:51

The first time i saw Ann was on C-Span being interviewed by Brian Lamb about “I think“High Crimes and Misdemeanors”. He asked her about the Friend the book was dedicated to. Ann replied “She is a good friend i used to go to Dead Shows with”. Brian replied “Dead Shows!” Ann said yep! You should have seen the look on his face. Priceless..then he moved on to other questions. Needless to say i started buying her books.

burritto August 7, 2011, 17:43:54

doesnt surprise me at all Ann likes the dead
Ididnt know I could love her more than I already did

staxx August 8, 2011, 17:58:28

she is no proponent of freedom which the Dead most assuredly were and are.

chicobonzai August 14, 2011, 18:24:00

Wow, I never knew that Ann Coulter was such an expert on who is more of a deadhead and who was less of a deadhead. Wonder where I am on the scale. Glad the first song she ever heard was Uncle John’s. Curious how she missed the part where Jerry asks, “Are You Kind?”

laura hennings September 2, 2011, 05:49:46

This brings back some old memories.
Excellent blog to read.
Deadheads are not so dead !
let the unique and eclectic style of The Grateful Dead live for ever !
laura hennings

Datou October 7, 2011, 08:21:48

Wow only two haters so far. Obviously Ann was all about the music (as I was). Phil may have an Obama sticker on his stack at Furthur shows but I seriously doubt Jerry would have bought into the whole thing. He never bought into the idolization that was foisted on him and I’m sure he would have smiled and passed on any questions about you-know-who in the White House.

Jim October 11, 2011, 17:15:36

I’m a conservative and also a huge Dead fan. In my day I only made it to 6 shows but I still have tons of live tapes – well, mostly on CD now. Good music is good music. Thinking that you must hold some sort of political belief to like the Dead is foolish. The thing about my “right” friends and my “left” friends is that they are all good people – and none of them are pro-poverty or pro-suffering. BTW – loved seeing the Dead at Alpine Valley!

Jesse Young October 13, 2011, 19:22:48

I just want to thank you for sharing your information and your website, this is simple, but good article I have ever seen, I like it, I learned something today! Thanks!

Carl Gettleman October 20, 2011, 12:58:08

What Coulter does for the Deadheads is analogous to what Manson did for the hippies.

Roger M. November 2, 2011, 20:27:00

How does Ann reconcile the unabashedly liberal slant to the Dead’s music? Throwin’ Stones? Jack Straw? ‘We can share the women… we can share the wine…’ Sounds like socialism to me! Uncle Johns Band… ‘God Damn well I declare, have you seen the like? Their walls are built with cannon balls, their motto is don’t tread on me…’ Sorry Ann, you might like the music, but to claim that Jerry or anything Grateful Dead related is based in or aligns with conservative values is beyond a stretch. You were obviously one of the 80’s-90’s frat rat infiltrators that went for the party and not the lifestyle – you are a Deadhead in name only! PS. protip, anyone who calls themselves a deadhead and is a poser that keeps ticket stubs to “prove” they were really a deadhead really missed the point and were part of the reason seeing the dead became such a difficult thing for the faithful. Dealing with frat parties in the lot that were boozed beyond belief and idiots sucking on nitrous balloons really brought the whole scene down.

aprotosimaki November 3, 2011, 13:10:59

I know I am a dead head and I think that it is cool that Ann is one too. The Dead were all about exploratory projections of art and the open creation of the person. I danced with dead heads, not doctors, not lawyers, not truck drivers, not factory workers, not democrats, not republicans, just dead heads.

jrmeatplow November 14, 2011, 11:16:17

Thats cool didn’t know she was a fan either…....Sorry I’m not, the wannabe hippie scene wasn’t for me and the music sucked…...Had to hear that crap growing up and the stories from my mom about seeing them live in Frisco in the 60’s.

collette December 2, 2011, 02:18:19

Truthfully, I am not a fan of Ann in the political sense. But, I do believe there is good in everyone. This was a nice surprise and humbled me a bit. You really can’t judge a book by it’s cover.

sox December 4, 2011, 02:37:35

Does my one-time-lib-now-conservative-heart good! And some of my friends would empathize with jr up above, having me talk about hearing them in SF in the 60’s – not just live, but free . . .

J4 December 9, 2011, 13:41:24

Please don’t dominate the rap jack if you’ve got nothing new to say

Bielizna December 20, 2011, 04:04:43

Hmm it appears like your blog ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any recommendations for first-time blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.

Pete December 22, 2011, 19:49:15

A politician is a politician, is a politician, is a …....

davy December 29, 2011, 09:01:33

Too bad that she didn’t name more shows so the reader could reminisce a little bit. What Coulter does for Deadheads is what she does for everyone who enjoys freedom: relentlessly apply the truth in battling the lies of the tyrannical. She has even figured out how to make a living at it. I think someone in their Deadhead mode of thinking should appreciate that.

Tom Vogler January 11, 2012, 23:39:09

lets recall the Churchill (not Ward) quote:
if you are 20 and not a liberal, you don’t have a heart. If you are 40 and not a conservative, you don’t have a brain. a true deadhead will hear the coulter-like sardonic sarcasm. The “true” deadhead will make up some crap about how someone is not a true deadhead. My first show was watkins glen. Hitchhiked part way. So sad that hitchiking has become so life-threatening.

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August West January 19, 2012, 13:34:25

The dude that wrote that Jerry wouldn’t have voted for Obama, must be the biggest idiot ever or know nothing about Jerome Garcia. Not only would he have voted for Obama, he would cringe at the greed and corruption that fills the right-wing of politics today. For Ann to think that there is any correlation between her conservative views and the Dead is completely LUDACRIS. You don’t get anymore left-wing and liberal than the Dead and everything they represent. Its music and anyone can like it, but you can’t ignore the fact that majority of their songs are speaking out against the right-wing. PERIOD..

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newdeadhead March 1, 2012, 23:37:45

So!! 10 york Condo, the liberals bailout of greed is good wall street and GM would be something that Jerry would agree with?

Mr. Tex March 7, 2012, 22:45:21

Carl Gettleman, I love you!

Jay B March 9, 2012, 13:53:43

Just reread this terrific interview. As a libertarian (as opposed to “conservative”) Republican and longtime Deadhead it is very easy for me to understand the appeal to many on the right.
The “deadhead city” that built up around each show was the safest place in the world (excepting the police patrols). It was also a textbook example of the glories of live and let live, mind your own business, unrestricted free market laissez-faire capitalism at work (again excepting market interference caused by police patrols).
I have especially fond memories of the RFK show where Casey Jones returned after a long absence – ushered in with a massive blast from Mickey’s foghorn. The price of NO2 balloons was high until rain sent the security patrols to seek shelter. Almost instantly a price war broke out among the vendors to the point that they were practically giving the stuff away (sales were so brisk that some vendors ran out of balloons so you needed to bring your own). Prices would have gone even lower had we had Twitter and price reporting websites. Then the rain stopped, the patrols came back and prices rose again.
Ann failed to mention a great many liberty-loving righties who toured. My kids and I often partied with 5 or 6 members of National Review’s staff who would rent a motor home to Summer tour the midatlantic seaboard. Of course, their boss Bill Buckley correctly viewed our drug laws as stupid and unworkable.
Finally, while it is true that the Grateful Dead were far from right wing; they believed in volunteerism (especially Jerry) – not coercion.
God, I miss Jerry, but I like to think that he is up in heaven playing lead guitar in the Heart of Gold band.

Manuela March 13, 2012, 09:21:15

Hey Tracy, It sounds like you have a ptrtey impenetrable theory on painting form photos, but I have a theory of two for you. Just to let you know I paint about 80% of the time from Photo’s, but I do try and get out once a week. I think a strong rational like you have can be built on the comfort zone of how you paint can lead to approaching working in the same manner repeatedly. It’s like breathing in Yoga or meditation. The more you do it the better you feel. Will you grow as an artist in that repeat mode? Yes, you will keep getting better as long as you keep working all the time. But are you missing the possibilities of discovering a new feeling of color, light and value by not working outside? I think yes. Photo’s give a limited rage, they help you organize because they give you a more limited rage of choice. I usually use my digital camera to help me compose in my view finder and to help with proportions and massing my value shapes. That way I have the best of both worlds, but then I put the camera down and let nature envelope me. The one thing the camera can’t capture is the feeling when your are outside. Some might laugh that off as being to spiritual, but I think it’s especially important to the more expressionist artist like yourself. I’d try it, you might like it.

Zeni March 14, 2012, 22:34:28

Hi William, I appreciate your cemomnts and understand your points, and after rereading my post I can see that I didn’t really make it clear that my use of photo reference has evolved greatly over the years-and will continue to do so. In fact, I think I use photos only about half of the time at this point, mostly as a reminder of a scene that I was affected by, that I had seen and experienced in real life. I do occasionally do pencil sketches or pastel drawings outside just for fun, or as an activity with my kids, but it is impractical to do my “professional” work outdoors because of the glazing aspect of how I paint. Despite not working on site, I feel very connected to the landscape around me, I can see it and feel it everywhere I go everyday. So I am not missing out on the spiritual aspect, which even though I am not the outdoorsy type, is very important to me and is why we live where we live, out in the country. You know, I am certainly not ruling out the possiblility than in say, five years I may be exclusively working plein air. Everything is a process, hopefully, and I have done 180’s before and will again I am sure.

Stephanie April 30, 2012, 09:27:04

I like this interview, a pleasant surprise. I think Ann might understand my political views :) Btw, Fox lies too. lol Peace.

Stephanie April 30, 2012, 09:44:53

One more comment for Ann – How can you not support RON PAUL? I wonder if the answer is the same reason you I suspect you abstained from illegal drug experimentation….you had to.

Stephanie April 30, 2012, 10:07:16

I didn’t mean for that to sound rude or judgmental. I understand! We all have responsibilities in our lives which sometimes require us to submit. No worries. I found Jesus at the shows too.

Stephanie April 30, 2012, 10:53:11

Maybe you just have not seen the light!

Stephanie May 2, 2012, 10:12:56

Here is my opinion on why Deadheads still support the liberal agenda – most still believe our government is ethical. The dems appear caring. The republicans look like ____ (a word I’d rather not post) Fill in the blank. Starts with an A. If the Republicans keep shunning Ron Paul and his supporters, they are living up to the word in the blank. You have little chance of winning without us.

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Dave May 14, 2012, 14:03:59

Perhaps Ann would remember her shows more clearly if she had used something other than alcohol for enhancement. Generally, music and politics each have their place and are best not mixed, for the music’s sake. Music is pure, and politics is….well,...not.

don groce June 25, 2012, 16:06:43

I don’t buy it, the only show she remembers was the memorial at golden gate park. There was no live music there except for the drum circles it was just people sharing ie his kids, band members, others sharing thoughts and stories. She is mistaken or just a liar. She must of ate the brown acid for her to turn out like she did. I don’t hate her polictics just her rude manner. Then again maybe it’s just a act.

Dead Last Forward July 10, 2012, 07:43:36

90% of the friends I had were libertarian and deadheads. They still are. And very successful mostly. And all pot heads. I think conservatives and libertarians liked dead shows for reasons explained above about free market and being able to do your own thing. It is the same reason most of these same people still love Monty Python, even as that troupes members have gone way off the Clift to the left. Review old clips; the jokes are aimed squarely at today’s sacred liberal progressive cows.

El Diablo September 18, 2012, 04:19:54

Roger M. see your point . I was born in 64.. broken home. juvie etc. I hate the dead and all there commie B.S. and especially there endless sloppy drugged out jam sessions.Great musicians, the bar is low. I am still a long haired individualist outcast mostly scorned by the liberals and the religious so called conservatives, who are much more civilized then the leftists commie ass holes who actually threaten me and mine withe physical violence by the way. the party of the people uh! um… I prefer any Metallica” fight fire with fire”, Rush “2112”. Cab Calloway “ Reefer man” shizza! anything by M.D.C. over the dead . freedom baby. no government coerced chattelism.

BlewJ September 30, 2012, 12:12:23

I hate when someone tells me I, or someone else, is or is not a Dead Head. Each person only knows for themselves. Nonetheless, each has good and bad, so let me not judge someone, even if I think their political stance is atrocious.

mij ssomed October 23, 2012, 10:35:06

In response to El Diablo & Rog M, why the angst, as anyone not a DH would not understand as I personally am not or never have been ,music can touch our souls as other art can in a spiritual way, we are all a combination of both phys. & spirit . You do not have to participate or buy into or agree with any or all of an artists product or persona to have it touch our souls. My” DH” type of allegiance was for Frank Zappa. I am a christian, republican and very conservative but when I listen or attended his shows I was transcended in a way intellectually disconnected from the man his politics or any preconceived notions of what was “supposed” to be the FZ image . I know it is difficult to do but be honest to yourself and don’t let ones politics get in the way of seeing another’s way of experiencing a spiritual awareness. I know there can be posers but they to are only experiencing a very human condition of wanting to be accepted and loved. (Go see a Dweezil show, awesome!)

liz October 23, 2012, 22:56:25

She’s a cunt. She’s a neo con. She’s been know to use the word “regard” as an adjective.

Monica Johnson October 24, 2012, 22:57:12

You are an embarrassment to women everywhere. Shame on your existence.

Thomas Hanson October 25, 2012, 16:19:34

Virtually, all of the above postings prove that everyone who listens to the Dead reads whatever they want into the meaning of the music, politically or artistically etc. I am forever happy that the GD were here during my days. “Never had such a good time!”

Michael November 7, 2012, 17:18:30

I love the “love” from the tolerant and open minded left

mij ssomed November 20, 2012, 10:15:56

Liz and Monica, I assume you “know” what women are supposed to be like and think, you are an embarrassment to both genders. I being a man like that part of the female anatomy Liz referred to, at least Ann also has a brain as part of her anatomy unlike the two of you.

F! November 25, 2012, 03:36:55

So she had good taste in music. Doesn’t validate her. You have to ask did she do anything to promote progress? No? Well then, she’s totally irrelevant.

SSWenviron January 5, 2013, 14:45:37

I still have a ton of friends who went to shows with me and are strong, free market conservatives. The Dead were just as free-market as anyone else except they opted to take the approach of quality in their product and quantity in ticket sales. They kept prices low, thus allowing more people to buy them and playing more shows to increase sales. this interview has held up really well.

Tim January 6, 2013, 03:35:01

What matters: Their music had, and has grace about it. If you touched it, you know it.

John Kaufman January 6, 2013, 06:15:32

Two things I learned at Dead shows; They may not be the best at what they do but they’re the only ones who do what they do. For those who don’t understand, no explanation is possible. For those who do, no explanation is necessary. Am I a Deadhead? Labels are for packages. Time it was and what a time it was.

anne nasty butt lickef January 23, 2013, 01:18:54

Who goes to 67 shows and doesn’t trip?
Liar!

Stellar Phoenix February 22, 2013, 16:18:27

This website is spectacular! You obviously know how to keep a reader sustained. Between your wit and your pictures, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost..aha) Fantastic job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool! Stellar Phoenix Review

mcganahan skjellyfetti June 14, 2013, 15:14:08

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. Somehow, I can’t bring myself to imagine AC really letting it all go during a hot Althea or Scarlet/Fire transition jam.

chris August 15, 2013, 12:51:07

it’s nice to see that some republicans actually have good taste in music other than the new lamestream country music and that no talent highly over-rated Ted Nugent who has not put a worthy record since 1979, wow a Christian Conservative who likes Zappa, that’s a new one for me

Steve September 3, 2013, 22:30:16

I was lucky enough to see the Dead on 6/15/95. Every time I hear that mediocre Peggy-O, I cry with nastolgia. Earlier this year I saw Furthur in Gilford, NH. I believe I was the only one wearing an NRA hat at the show. I also scraped the Romney sticker off my car to avoid conflicts. So, despite a few tunes such as Throwing Stones, Cream Puff War, Morning Dew (not a GD original I know)...where was the political motivation in the majority of the music? Ramble On Rose, Tennessee Jed, West LA Fadeaway, Dire Wolf, Mountains of the Moon… sounds more like poems and stories set to a melody to me. Funny how John Barlow, who has been associated with the more moderate wing of the Republican party, wrote the lyrics to Throwing Stones. So, Willie Nelson is a Democrat. Is he not a country musician (or should I say LEGEND)? After all, we have stereotypes to fit into here (sarcasm intended).

Richard October 23, 2013, 12:02:07

for another view of the real ann please watch The Boondocks episodes that feature her. I’m sure you can find it on youtube

savethefiga November 15, 2013, 02:16:26

So Ann Coulter is against Gay Marriage, is against abortions, is against a free marketplace for health insurance (ACA). This is dumb. She is dumb. I get that she likes the music and that is great, but to say that the Dead and their “shakedown street” is conservative or right-winged is completely flawed. Jerry hated politics in general. Phil, Mickey, and Bobby all endorsed Obama to the point that they went on tour to fundraise for the guy (Deadheads for Obama) and came out publicly endorsing his policies. Phil’s son was a volunteer for the Obama campaign in 2008! Coulter is a joke and a clown. Anyone that believes in freedom would let a women pick the right to choose between an abortion, a kid, or anything else. She would also endorse gay marriage, something that she is bat crazy against. I like the fact that she likes the music but I hate the fact that she is it trying to swing this into a political thing. I have friends that are conservative and love the Dead but they do realize that this band and the majority of their fans are Liberals and most likely socialist democrats. Don’t try to spin this. This isn’t Fox News so GTFO!

savethefiga November 15, 2013, 02:19:43

In 2008, deadheads for Obama was a real thing! They fundraised and went on tour to help OUR president out. To push for his policies and to move OUR country forward. Enough is Enough. The Dead are on the liberal side. Get over it.

DXhydro dotcom January 5, 2014, 20:52:57

Ann may like the music but I don’t think Jerry would like her politics!
One of the first times I saw Ms Coulter was when she was talking about DDT and its benefits. While there may have been a time and place for using DDT to fight malaria in Africa (maybe it should still be used where malaria threatens human life), but it surely shouldn’t be used in the US.
After her schpeel, during which she had been drinking from a glass containing a clear liquid that we assumed was water, she divulged that she had been drinking harmless DDT and that the ban on DDT was some kind of liberal conspiracy against somebody (hard to say who the conspiracy was against since DDT was invented in the 19th century so no patents were active…).
It was really weird to think that she may have actually been drinking some form of DDT and it makes me wonder why she never took acid at any of the Dead shows she went to (acid HAS to be safer to ingest than DDT).
She is really weird. And I imagine it would be weird to have seen her at a Dead show -especially if I was trippin’ ~ DX

Pete Fumberger January 17, 2014, 20:27:03

I cannot believe Ann had a go at the Osmonds. Anybody who as heard ‘Crazy Horses’ knows what I mean.
And I purchased a Grateful Dead tape in 1974, and the only songs I liked were Mississippi Half-Step and Row Jimmy. So, not a fan, and not a Deadhead, and only the one tape ever.

Jack Straw January 27, 2014, 17:43:44

Coulter is a JACKAL who just happens to have good taste in music. She is VERY CLOSED MINDED who thinks if you don’t agree with HER OPINIONS you ain’t worth $hit She ATTACKED a 9-11 women’s support group years ago that really made me HATE her
(((CORRECT))) opinions of how things should be. Being against gay marriage says it all really With this being said, I wouldn’t pee on her if she was on fire

bUG February 1, 2014, 09:24:50

Coulter and every other conservative, lump everyone they do not agree with into the “liberal” group. This way, everyone who does not agree with her political views or world views, she then can say they belong to a group full of people who are looking for a handout are on drugs and or welfare and do not want to work. Most of these people she considers to be liberal are not liberal at all, they have no political view. The people that she throws into the liberal group are not liberal,conservative, left or right, democrat or republican, most of them have never voted and do not care. If people like Coulter can lump these people into the liberal group then they can smear everyone they don’t agree with, into some big generalized group. If you agree with gay marriage then you must be a lazy liberal who lives off of welfare and has a drug addiction…....... see how that works? There was a trend with the conservatives during this last election where they kept repeating what America is angry about and what America wants, believing if they repeat it enough then their constituents will believe it is the truth and vote “in favor” for their fellow Americans. Coulter is a pompous ass who gets paid to do nothing more than give her opinion while calling everyone who breaks a sweat to make a dollar “lazy and entitled”. figure that one out!

Casey February 9, 2014, 18:16:13

Bug-Libertarian conservative here, you just did exactly what you said conservatives do.(you used “every conservative” ) I can play the same game and say Liberals lump everybody they dont agree with into crazy right wing nut jobs who only want to help rich people? The main thing I tell my friends on both sides of the aisle to quit clinging to thier party’s idealogues and take a common sense approach to each issue. I think Bush was a horrible president and I think Obama is just continuing the same Progressive policies. I believe in limited goverment and the free market. I believe there a lot of things we can agree on
like non-intervensionalist foreign policy and ending corporate welfare, both of which are not enacted by a Bush or Obama.

steve February 16, 2014, 07:16:26

Bill Maher has always said that ann is very cool. She is still very mean in my book.

blacknifebob February 18, 2014, 13:28:21

It is unrelenting. Every time I run through posts about the dead…even JUST about the Dead and not about politics, there are people working to delineate who is a real Deadhead and who is not….even who is MORE Deadhead than the next.
There has always been elitism and prejudice in this “Deadhead” tribe…and among and against themselves. Even here, people need to create a class system. How legit was your first show? Did you see enough of them? Also love Jorma? Did you know Mikel? Travel enough? Spin? Sell falafels? Grow dreads? Get Betty Boards before anyone else?….etc. You know what kind of Deadhead I am? I’m way into the Dead….and a hell of a lot of the people who are as well…but not at all into the whole tribe. Deadhead does not mean “I am into Deadheads”. Sorry but some of you get confused thinking you’re the performance. Ann has convinced me she loves the band. Anyone citing the Fire Rap is credentialed.
I was convinced of all else already. Politically, all I’ll say is that we’re dealing with an enormous number of complex issues. Try to grasp that we need to work to get it right collectively and personally. It takes study. Signing up for one party or the other and swallowing all dogma is a disaster or us. Gay Marriage for example….I have no problem with it….other than it has no business being any where near the top of our troubles list. So I find it bizarre that the proponents of love and tolerance are using it here and elsewhere as the tip of their spear against those who have religious differences with it. They’re not against gays…they’re against the marriage part. You could be hating someone that is allied with you on 8 of the biggest issues we face. These emotionally loaded issues are the exact tinder that prevents us from coming together and solving anything consequential. If a Deadhead is anybody….it’s just that. And you’ll never detect them all by their cover. Go Rams!

Jim February 20, 2014, 14:28:36

She’s a fraud and a vile, nasty person. She says she attended the Jerry memorial in Golden Gate Park where “the rest of the band played.” No, they did not play that day. And she doesn’t remember where or when her first show was. How many Deadheads do you know who can’t remember where/when their first show was?

Mike February 22, 2014, 17:42:14

Not surprised that little of the “facts” are anything but fact-based. First, she was born in 1961, 4 years before the Grateful Dead formed. Second, the “Fire on the Mountain” rap, that was 1974, 9 years after Bob Dylan recorded and released “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, which is often considered the first rap. Also, the lack of memory at every instance, as well as the grain alcohol and crisco thing, I doubt very much she’s not on drugs.

David March 7, 2014, 02:20:42

I am a registered Republican (only so I could vote for Ron Paul in 2012 and possibly Rand in 2016. Voted Gary Johnson in the general.) I think married gay couples should have the right to protect their marijuana plants with guns. I also love Ann Coulter’s sarcasm, even though I often disagree with her point of view. Deadhead or no? By the way, my first show was Kansas City in 1980. Last show with Jerry was Vegas 1995. Last show period was Red Rocks 2003. I’m due.

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