Owsley 'Bear' Stanley On Grateful Dead Music

Posted on January 10, 2014 by Brett Farmiloe

Owsley 'Bear' Stanley, an extended member of the Grateful Dead family, shares his thoughts on the music of the Grateful Dead.

The music of the Grateful Dead is an important assistant to the revival of tribalism. Because it has to do with the way things are. It's not somebody's idea about the way things might be, or the way things could be or should be. It's what it is. It's real music about real things. The whole thing is about a social movement. It's tribalism. Which is the only social structure that is truly human. The structure of the world today runs on feudalism--governments, companies; all those structures are feudalistic, arranged in a hierarchy which at the root of it follows Parkinson's law. That is, once you create a hierarchy or bureaucracy, it has only one purpose, and that is: To Continue. There's nothing else. But that has nothing to do with the tribal entity. The tribal entity exists so as to abide in harmony with its environment. It's something that benefits everyone, not just this one structure.

The tribalism concept of the Grateful Dead - especially as it relates to harmony with its environment - has inspired us as we've produced Grateful Dead apparel. We've kept this concept in mind as we've designed new and never seen before graphics for fans of the Grateful Dead. Below are some of the pieces from the Grateful Dead collection.

Grateful Dead Chopper t-shirt

Grateful Dead Chopper t-shirt

The Grateful Dead Chopper t-shirt captures a time when the nomadic spirit was alive - it's an understated tribute to the free spirit that accompanied fans who made their livelihood following the band they loved.

Grateful Dead Skull N Roses Raglan T-Shirt

Grateful Dead Skull N Roses Raglan T-Shirt The iconic image of the Grateful Dead's self-titled seventh album adorns this classic tri-blend tee for a great American combination - Baseball and the Grateful Dead.

Grateful Dead Space Face T-Shirt

Grateful Dead Space Face T-Shirt The "Space Your Face" t-shirt reminds us of a time about halfway through the second set where the only rule was 'there are no rules.'

Grateful Dead Comfy Stone T-Shirt

Sportiqe Grateful Dead Comfy Stone T-Shirt - Navy

The Dancing Skeleton and Dancing Bears bring back memories of when the Grateful Dead took over Radio City Music Hall.

Womens Grateful Dead Tie Dye Dancing Bear T-Shirt

Sportiqe Womens Grateful Dead Tie Dye Dancing Bear T-Shirt

Get that fun loving feeling with an eco-friendly Grateful Dead tie dye dancing bear t-shirt.

Golden State Warriors Grateful Dead Shirt

Golden State Warriors Grateful Dead Shirt

This Golden State Warriors Grateful Dead shirt bridges the gap between fashion, music and sports.

Womens Portland Trail Blazers Grateful Dead Shirt

Womens Portland Trail Blazers Grateful Dead Shirt

This Women's Portland Trail Blazers Grateful Dead shirt bridges the gap between fashion, music and sports.

New York Knicks Grateful Dead Dunk'n Dead T-Shirt

New York Knicks Grateful Dead Dunk'n Dead T-Shirt

Combine your fanatical love of the New York Knicks and the Grateful Dead with the Dunk'n Dead tri-blend t-shirt.

VINTAGE GOOD OL' GRATEFUL DEAD T-SHIRT

VINTAGE GOOD OL' GRATEFUL DEAD T-SHIRT

America's past time, apple pie, and the Good Ol' Grateful Dead.

Shop the entire collection of Grateful Dead shirts in the Sportiqe Boutiqe.

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