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Grateful Dead

San Francisco rock band, 1965, the name taken, according to founder Jerry Garcia, from a dictionary entry he saw about the folk tale motif of a wanderer who gives his last penny to pay for a corpse's burial, then is magically aided by the spirit of the dead person. A different version of the concept is found in the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • This principle is well illustrated in the history of The grateful dead.

    The Grateful Dead Gordon Hall Gerould
  • In cases like that of The grateful dead, however, the matter is entirely different.

    The Grateful Dead Gordon Hall Gerould
  • In ways like these the author hopes that this history of The grateful dead may be serviceable.

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  • The tale of the man who is helped by the grateful dead is by no means confined to Brittany.

  • The grateful dead furnishes an apt illustration of the necessity of such handling.

    The Grateful Dead Gordon Hall Gerould

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