Owsley Stanley, born 1935 was an American audio engineer and chemist. He played a key role in the hippie movement throughout the 60’s and was known for the manufacturing of LSD and for being ‘The Grateful Dead’s’ soundman, an American rock band from the 60’s.
He designed the bands iconic ‘Steal Your Face’ logo, which is now used on t-shirts and was used to stamp the bands equipment. The logo was also used as the cover for the bands ‘Steal your Face’ album in 1976.
The cover of ‘The history of the Grateful Dead, Volume One’ created by Bob Thomas shows a number of colourful bears marching. The bears are dedicated to Stanley, who wrote beneath the cover ‘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’. This is where ‘Bear’ got his nickname from.