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The Grateful Dead, Poetry, and the Atom Bomb The Grateful Dead, Poetry and the Atom Bomb D. Leah Steinberg “The Deadheads are doing the dance of life, and that I believe is the answer to the atom bomb.” [1] – Joseph Campbell After I had already sent my book Raised in the Shadow of the Bomb: Children of the Manhattan, to the book designer I came upon the above quote by Campbell.   It felt so amazingly serendipitous, as if it was written for me that I had to end my book , with the quote.    As with many things Grateful Dead related there always seemed to be a reason for something occurring. This quote bridged two importantly profound events in my life, having a parent and uncle who worked on the Manhattan Project, the secret research and development of the first atomic bomb and my first and continuing association with the music of the Grateful Dead.     In 1971 I went to my first Grateful Dead show in Chicago.