GRATEFUL DEAD DANCING BEAR

The grateful dead dancing bears have been around a long time, and have found a permanent spot in the music culture. The meaning and story behind them is very interesting to the deadhead culture.

The Grateful Dead dancing bears have become a creative as well as unique symbol to the music world. It has been reported the name came from the sound engineer for the Grateful Dead band. This is known as Owsley. In Owsley childhood years in life he was given the nickname of Bear. The nickname originated from his friends because of the amount of body hair he grew.

In addition, it has been reported that the Grateful Dead bears first appearance was in Bob Thomas’s artwork in March of 1973. The first official appearance of the bears was on the back cover of the album History of the Grateful Dead Vol. 1. This was also known as Bear’s Choice album. Furthermore, this may have been where Owsley came inspired for his design of the bear on blotter acid.

The term dancing arose because of a very unique way of dancing that Owsley did at the Grateful Dead concerts. His dancing was considered unique because he was tripping on LSD. This is how the term dancing bear originated from. It has also been said that the bears are not dancing but marching because of the creative way each bear is positions. You can tell that by taking all the images of the bears and quickly flip through the bears are marching. The Grateful Dead Bears have become a great symbol in American pop culture and have found a permanent spot to stay. If you are interest in the music of the Grateful Dead you have probably have seen these Grateful Dead Dancing Bears everywhere from key chains, stickers, shirts, posters and even in baby cloths. The Grateful Dead Dancing Bears have become quite collectible and even have limited editions and as well as different generations of these Grateful Dead Dancing Bears.

The grateful dead dancing bears have been around a long time, and have found a permanent spot in the music culture. The meaning and story behind them is very interesting to the deadhead culture.

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