Would Jerry Garcia appreciate an Internet meme? It's an interesting question. He might like the playfulness and color associated with memes, but that is probably where his appreciation would stop. Even so, memes are not just about what's modern and hip anymore. Many memes are taking a turn down nostalgic lane, incorporating both the old and new to create fresh jabs and jokes that most generations can appreciate.
It's become more widespread, and by many accounts, it is THE piece of media that will make a modern person into a Deadhead if they aren't already. So the question remains... have you seen Long Strange Trip yet? If not, it's coming to an Amazon Prime account near you in June, so you'll get to see it then.
Senator Al Franken has always been open about how much he loves the Grateful Dead, but did you know that he is featured in the new Grateful Dead documentary, Long Strange Trip? You can click over on Huffington Post to see a clip where Franken talks about the band, or you can wait until June 2 when the documentary will be available to watch on Amazon Prime.
Ex Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson is not a fan of John Mayer's Grateful Dead. Recently on the Howard Stern Show, he called the Grateful Dead "a giant nipple that everyone sucks off to get money." He went on to call Jerry Garcia one of his heroes, saying that John Mayer is the anti-Garcia, standing for everything that is the opposite of what Garcia stood for during his lifetime.
There's just something about Deadheads and the way Garcia and company bring them together. No matter where you're from, what you do and what you believe, once you connect as fellow Deadheads, you feel a sort of kindred connection that just overrides everything else. It's too bad that global problems can't be solved so simply.
It's one thing to publicly thank someone for changing your life on the radio or television, but when a star actually purchases an entire Billboard Magazine ad to express his gratitude, you know things are pretty serious.