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Deadhead or Dead Head is a name given to fans of the American jam band, the Grateful Dead. In the 1970s, a number of fans began travelling to see the band in as many shows or festival venues as they could. With large numbers of people thus attending strings of shows, a community developed. Deadheads developed their own idioms and slang.

By the late 1970s, some Deadheads began to sell tie-dye t-shirts, veggie burritos, or other items at Grateful Dead concerts. This allowed many Deadheads a way to follow the band on its tours. During the early 1980s, the number of Deadheads taping shows increased, and the band created a special section for fans who wished to record the show. These tapes are still shared and circulated today, and never sold. In the earlier days of the Grateful Dead, there was question as to whether or not allowing concert-taping was in the best interest of the band, to which Garcia replied something similar to, "When we are done with it -- they can have it." The practice of taping has continued into the digital age; and the rise of the Internet has made it extremely easy to share new shows as well as older.

The term first appeared in print at the suggestion of "Hank Harrison": author of The Dead Trilogy on the sleeve of Grateful Dead , the band's second live album, released in 1971. It read: ‹The template Cquote is being considered for deletion.› 

Wikipedia, Deadhead, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deadhead (as of Sep 22, 2011)

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