Jerry Garcia: A Biography

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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 ...

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Overview

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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"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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313351211
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2009
  • Series: Greenwood Biographies Series
  • Pages: 141
  • Sales rank: 856,348
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Introduction

Acknowledgements

Timeline of Events in the Life of Jerry Garcia

Chapter 1: The Music Never Stopped: Life with the Garcia and Clifford Families

Chapter 2: Cats Under the Stars

Chapter 3: Comes a Time

Chapter 4: Watch Each Card You Play

Chapter 5: Been All Around this World

Chapter 6: She Belongs to Me

Chapter 7: Attics of My Life

Glossary

Appendix 1: Where are they now? The Living members of the Dead and Friends

Appendix 2: Jerry Garcias Guitars

Selected Bibliography

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