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Dead Reckonings: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead

Dead Reckonings: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead

by John Rocco
     
 

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Deadheads unite! For years, you've known that the Grateful Dead has been a force for change, not only in American music, but in American culture. Within these pages lies the proof -- both positive and negative -- of their role in changing the face of our time. This collection brings together articles, photos, interviews, and reviews from the Dead's long, strange trip

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Deadheads unite! For years, you've known that the Grateful Dead has been a force for change, not only in American music, but in American culture. Within these pages lies the proof -- both positive and negative -- of their role in changing the face of our time. This collection brings together articles, photos, interviews, and reviews from the Dead's long, strange trip from '60s avatars of the Haight Ashbury scene to '90s rock and roll entrepreneurs.

The trip is illuminated by portraits of some of the influences on the Dead ... from John Cage and Charles Ives to Charley Patton and Bill Monroe ... as well as portraits and interviews of all the many Dead members, the enduring lineup and those who only passed through.

And in the center of it all is Jerry Garcia, the voice of the Dead ... as key guitarist, songwriter, and creative force. Although gone from the planet, he has not left us musically ... and this book serves as a great summing up of his personal achievements.

Editorial Reviews

bn.com
Dead Reckonings, a collection of essays, articles, interviews, and book excerpts about the band, creates a revealing picture of the Grateful Dead and the influence they had on the world around them.
Library Journal
In this anthology of previously published essays, articles, and book excerpts, Rocco (editor of The Doors Companion, Schirmer, 1997, and The Nirvana Companion, Schirmer, 1998) casts a wide net by including pieces either about or by people not usually connected to the Grateful Dead. Yet works by George Plimpton, Miles Davis, and novelist Robert Stone sit comfortably next to pieces from the mainstream press, band insiders, and fans. What could have been a scattered grab-bag instead illustrates how the Grateful Dead's permeating influence on popular culture is in turn a result of the wide variety of influences absorbed by the band. The pieces are divided into four loosely defined parts: Grateful Dead history and context, their influences and concert experiences, three interviews with band leader Jerry Garcia, and reflections on Garcia's, and the band's, passing. An important collection of commentary on perhaps the hardest to define of all rock groups; recommended for popular music collections.--Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Internet Book Watch
The Greatful Dead is one of the most popular, influential, and long lasting rock groups in the history of rock music. Dead Reckonings: The Life And Times Of The Greatful Dead is a nostalgic "must" for all their legions of fans, and will aptly serve to introduce a new generation of "deadheads" to the lore, legend and history of Jerry Garcia and the other unforgettable Greatful Dead group members.
—Internet Book Watch

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780825671746
Publisher:
Omnibus Press
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Pages:
349
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

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