Home Before Daylight: My Life on the Road with the Grateful Dead

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Overview

Never before has a true insider, a member of the Grateful Dead family from the band's early days through today, told the story of life on the road with the Grateful Dead. From San Francisco to Europe to Egypt and back again; from wild parties and horrible tragedies; from laughter to heartbreak—this is the inside story of the most legendary American rock 'n' roll band of all time and the tale of a man who lived it, from roadie to manager and brother.

"The Grateful Dead was all about improvisation, and Steve spoke ...

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Overview

Never before has a true insider, a member of the Grateful Dead family from the band's early days through today, told the story of life on the road with the Grateful Dead. From San Francisco to Europe to Egypt and back again; from wild parties and horrible tragedies; from laughter to heartbreak—this is the inside story of the most legendary American rock 'n' roll band of all time and the tale of a man who lived it, from roadie to manager and brother.

"The Grateful Dead was all about improvisation, and Steve spoke that language with flourish...Steve was a central figure, often in the lead of what was going on backstage, in the hotels, on the airplanes, busses, boats, or whatever. If ever I get around to writing a book, you'll be reading plenty more about Steve."

—Bob Weir, from the foreword

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
Steve Parish's Home Before Daylight: My Life on the Road with the Grateful Dead, is people's history of a kind. Parish is neither a professional writer (his book is co-written with Joe Layden, a journalist) nor an intellectual, but a roadie. His casual first-person narrative will interest readers who want an insider's view of the world's most legendary touring band and its familial entourage. Home Before Daylight is a charmingly naive, anecdotal account of the Dead's long strange trip. In its modest way, it supports certain sacred myths about its subject -- that the Dead were egalitarian in all things, that they actually shared meals and hotel rooms with the hired help, that drugs and sex were as free-flowing as they were guilt-free. — Hans Eisenbeis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641649042
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 291
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Parish traveled with the Grateful Dead for over thirty years, first as a roadie and later as manager of the Jerry Garcia Band. He still works closely with the band and lives in California.

Joe Layden is an award-winning journalist and author of more than twenty books including Street Justice and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Rock Says. He lives in upstate New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2007

    Wonderful

    It was a good insight into the life of the band behind the scenes and gave a good picture of the personalities and complications of the band. As well and the good times. I would look at it more as a memoir than a book about the greatful dead. But it's a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2006

    Very poor book

    I read quite a bit but donated this one to Goodwill after 150 pages. I was hoping for insight into the author's experiences with the Dead and Jerry Garcia. Instead, this story is way too long with over emphasis of the quality of the drugs and frequency of sex. An appropriate book title would be 'Stoned and sex with groupies before Daylight.' Pass on this book! Not worth the five bucks!

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