Grateful Dead

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From a fledgling local jug band in the tie-dyed, drug-soaked, anything-goes atmosphere of San Francisco in the '60s, the Grateful Dead evolved into the quintessential tour band. Their bluesy, countrified rock-and-roll sound defied categorization yet won millions of listeners. For three decades, unswervingly loyal Deadheads flocked to concerts to hear the freewheeling, experimental band perform hits like "Uncle John's Band," "Truckin'," "Box of Rain," and "Touch of Grey." The Grateful Dead's long, strange trip ...
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Overview

From a fledgling local jug band in the tie-dyed, drug-soaked, anything-goes atmosphere of San Francisco in the '60s, the Grateful Dead evolved into the quintessential tour band. Their bluesy, countrified rock-and-roll sound defied categorization yet won millions of listeners. For three decades, unswervingly loyal Deadheads flocked to concerts to hear the freewheeling, experimental band perform hits like "Uncle John's Band," "Truckin'," "Box of Rain," and "Touch of Grey." The Grateful Dead's long, strange trip under Jerry Garcia's leadership ended with his death in 1995. But their influence on American music - and on generations of listeners - lives on.

Portrays the popular touring band the Grateful Dead, led by Jerry Garcia, who achieved a devoted following of Deadheads and gained fame for their lengthy, improvisational songs.

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Gr 6 UpThe story of the Grateful Dead is primarily the story of its founder and lead singer, the late Jerry Garcia. Piccoli begins with a pivotal event in the singer's childhoodlosing half of his finger in an accident. The band's story is put into the context of the whole San Francisco hippie milieu and the Haight-Ashbury scene of the early `60s, a background that is important in understanding the group's roots and eventual impact. The later history of the band is also presented, including the rise of the fanatical fans known as Deadheads and the Dead concert experience that became a kind of traveling caravan show. The book covers events through Garcia's death, but does not include the group's decision to disband. Black-and-white photos chart the band through all its different phases, showing the transformation of Garcia himself from dark-haired kid to bearded, white-haired rock patriarch.Tim Wadham, Dallas Public Library, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791032503
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Series: Pop Culture Legends Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

A Reflection of Ourselves 6
Pop Culture Images: The Art of Stanley Mouse 8
1 Broken Arrow 11
2 Friends of the Devil 19
3 Playing in the Band 33
4 Are You Going to San Francisco? 47
5 Truckin' 59
6 Estimated Prophet 73
7 Touch of Grey 87
8 One More Saturday Night 101
Discography 114
Chronology 115
Further Reading 117
Index 118
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