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Folk tales, myths and legends about the grateful dead

This page lists books that include folk tales, myths and legends about the grateful dead.

This list is not intended to be comprehensive.

Additions and corrections are welcome



Related bibliography pages:
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Grateful Dead related fiction
Grateful Dead comics/graphic novels
Grateful Dead songbooks
San Francisco sixties music books
Source and reference books
Record label bibliography


Folk tales, myths and legends about the grateful dead

The Grateful Dead: The History of a Folk Story, G. H. Gerould, 1908

An exploration the body of world literature devoted to the ghosts of the departed, lost souls who showed gratitude to those who took care of their bodies.

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The Water of Life : A Tale of the Grateful Dead, Alan Trist, 1989

A retelling of the folk tale by long time friend of Garcia and the Grateful Dead.

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Grateful Dead Folktales, Bob Franzosa (Editor), 1989

A collection of thirteen Grateful Dead folk tales from different countries.

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Don't Give Up The Ghost: The Delacorte Book Of Original Ghost Stories, David Gale (Editor), 1993

This collection of ghost stories for young people includes a version of the Grateful Dead folk tale by Judith Gorog called Variation On A Theme: The Grateful Dead.

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Crazy Wisdom Tales for Deadheads : A Shamanic Companion to the Grateful Dead, 1996

A collection of 'magical stories and unconventional recipes, formulas, instructions, tricks and spells' intended for those wishing to explore their inner selves. Includes (I think) a 'Grateful Dead tale'.

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The Grateful Dead: The History of a Folk Story, G.H. Gerould, 2000

A reprint of the 1908 work that explores a body of literature devoted to the ghosts of the departed, lost souls who showed gratitude to those who took care of their bodies.

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A Tale of the Grateful Dead, Robert Cooperman, 2004

"A Tale of the Grateful Dead is a fully realized collection of humorous, bawdy, ironic verse on the human condition, modeled after Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and based on the Medieval folk tale of the Grateful Dead with allusions to the late Jerry Garcia and his band, The Grateful Dead."

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Last updated February 2020