We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Interesting factoid. The Greatful Dead logo of the skull with the crown of roses was ripped off from the 1913 Rubiyat of Omar Khayyam with the Sullivan illustrations. #XXVI http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/sullivan/105.html
Oh, come with old Khayyam, and leave the Wise
To talk; one thing is certain, that Life flies;
One thing is certain, and the Rest is Lies;
The Flower that once has blown for ever dies.
'However, the key point in the poster, without a doubt, is the central image and its symbolism. In an interview with The Washington Post, Stanley Mouse talks about the relationship with the band and the creation of the poster:
My story with the Grateful Dead goes back a long way. They were playing at the Avalon Ballroom and nobody really knew much about them, but they had a big name. [...] I liked their name because it created a lot of images in my head. So when Kelley and I were creating posters for Avalon, the show's promoter said, "Make a poster for the Grateful Dead." We went to the library in San Francisco looking for old books and came across Rubaiyat , by Omar Khayyam, there was an old illustration that had a skeleton and roses. When we saw it we thought, "Wow, look at this! It's like it has Grateful Dead written on it!" '