I agree with some of what you wrote, Herenorthere. The Dead were just not dangerous enough for me.
Jerry Garcia was not by any means a poor, struggling musician. I believe he lived in a real nice house and drove a very expensive car. Didn't he get busted once in his top of the line Mercedes? Yes, he could have been alot wealthier.
His music meant a lot, to a lot of people. It meant absolutely nothing to me, I dont' like jam bands. But I cannot deny that the Grateful Dead were a huge influence on the music and lifestyles of the West Coast in the 1960's. They were also instumental in the development of the counterculture, which changed the culture in most of the US, they got lots of young people to pick up guitars, and start writing, which ultimately changed music for the better, IMO.
I think he deserves a stamp.
When the mode of the music changes, the walls of the city shake-Pliny