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Published: 2007/09/18

Unbroken Chain: The Grateful Dead in Music, Culture and Memory

Grateful Dead Grateful Dead publicist/biographer Dennis McNally will return to the institution that granted him his doctoral degree later this fall to deliver the keynote address at a conference focusing on the Grateful Dead. Unbroken Chain: The Grateful Dead in Music, Culture and Memory will take place from November 1618 at UMass Amherst. In addition to McNally, panelists include: Grateful Dead Radio Hour host David Gans, longtime live sound engineer Dan Healy, Grateful Dead midi wizard Bob Bralove, Dead sociologist Carolyn Adams, former Dead/Other Ones keyboardist Rob Baracco, Dark Star Orchestras Rob Eaton, Peak Experience Productions John Dwork, writer Steve Silberman and nearly 50 others. In addition, university gallery sessions and discussions will feature the work of photographers Herb Greene, Susanna Millman and Lloyd Wolf, as well as poster and album cover artists Mikio Kennedy and Mike Dubois. A number of films will be screened as well, including Deadheads: An American Subculture, a digitally re-mastered version of Sunshine Daydream and an until-now unreleased documentary on the August 27, 1972 benefit concert at Ken Kesey’s Oregon farm. Music will be supplied by the American Beauty Project interpreting both_Workingman’s Dead_ and American Beauty (on Friday the 16th) and the Dark Star Orchestra (on Saturday the 17th).

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