Illustration of a white skull and bone with feathers on a blue sky background with white clouds and an outer red edge and yellow text
The Grateful Dead is an American rock band, formed in 1965, and known for its eclectic style, live performances and devoted followers known as "Deadheads". The illustration on this button is known as the cyclops skull, and was featured artwork in the liner notes of the band's 1977 studio album, Terrapin Station. The album was met with mixed reviews; some thought it was overproduced and a departure from the band's typical free-form style, while others believed it to be one of the best musical achievements of The Grateful Dead.
Terrapin Station was recorded by founding members Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, along with newer members Mickey Hart and husband and wife, Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux, and was the band's ninth studio album. The Grateful Dead performed for nearly 30 years with its core members, along with a number of other musicians, and skulls and dancing terrapins are some of the symbols most frequently associated with the band.