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Jerry Garcia: A Biography
     

Jerry Garcia: A Biography

by Jacqueline Edmondson
 

This biography offers students and general readers an insightful look into Jerry Garcia's creative genius as a founding member of The Grateful Dead and the various influences on his work as he contributed to the countercultural movement in the United States.

As a founding member of The Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia became famous for his work as a key creative force

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This biography offers students and general readers an insightful look into Jerry Garcia's creative genius as a founding member of The Grateful Dead and the various influences on his work as he contributed to the countercultural movement in the United States.

As a founding member of The Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia became famous for his work as a key creative force in this band. Known for free flowing jam sessions, psychedelic drug use, and a loyal fan base, The Grateful Dead combined a variety of genres, including blues, folk and country rock to create new and different sounds than those used by other popular bands at the time, including The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Garcia contributed significantly to an era in American music that was influenced by social changes, war, and political strife. Yet Garcia's creative genius expanded beyond the fame that came as lead guitarist and vocalist for the Dead. From the time he was a young boy learning to play the piano in the Excelsior district of San Francisco, Garcia explored various genres and forms of music and visual art. This biography offers students and general readers an insightful look into Garcia's creative genius and the various influences on his work as he contributed to the counter-cultural movement in the United States.

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From the Publisher
"This biography of Grateful Dead guitarist and leader Jerry Garcia (1942-1995) is aimed at high school students and general readers. Edmondson (education, Pennsylvania State U.) describes his life from childhood to death, career with the band, tours, albums, his drug use, marriages, legacy, and visual artworks." - Reference & Research Book News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313351211
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/30/2009
Series:
Greenwood Biographies Series
Pages:
141
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

JACQUELINE EDMONDSON is Associate Professor of Education at Pennsylvania State University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in language and literacy education. She is the author of Jesse Owens: A Biography (2007), Condoleezza Rice: A Biography (2006), and Venus and Serena Williams: A Biography (2005).

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