The Dancing Bear
From 1965-1995, Grateful Dead performed over 2,300 concerts for millions of fans or «Dead Heads.» Together the band and the fans created a thriving mobile community that embraced the ideals of freedom, expression, and collective consciousness. The Dancing Bears is a series of stylized dancing bears drawn by Bob Thomas as part of the back cover for the album History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear’s Choice). The bear is a reference to Owsley «Bear» Stanley, who recorded and produced the album. Bear himself wrote, «...the bears on the album cover are not really dancing. I don’t know why people think they are. Their positions are quite obviously those of a high-stepping march. These dancing bear cufflinks by Cynthia Gale are a handsome accessory for any Dead Head.