Living with the Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead

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As a manager for the Grateful Dead, Rock Scully was with the band from its early days in San Francisco to the years it spent touring the globe as one of the most enduring legends in music history. In Living with the Dead , Scully gives a complete account of his outrageous experiences with the band, during years that saw the Grateful Dead transform from a folksy revivalist band to psychedelic explorers of outer space. In addition to close-up portraits of band members Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Pigpen, Phil Lesh, ...
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Overview

As a manager for the Grateful Dead, Rock Scully was with the band from its early days in San Francisco to the years it spent touring the globe as one of the most enduring legends in music history. In Living with the Dead , Scully gives a complete account of his outrageous experiences with the band, during years that saw the Grateful Dead transform from a folksy revivalist band to psychedelic explorers of outer space. In addition to close-up portraits of band members Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Pigpen, Phil Lesh, Micky Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, Scully brings into the story many of the people the Dead encountered in their journeys across America's musical landscape, including Ken Kesey, Janis Joplin, Etta James, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and the Jefferson Airplane. Scully tells the story of the band with genuine feeling; the tour disasters, acid trips, and burnouts, but most importantly the exaltation of delivering fantastic music.

From the first Acid Test gigs of 1965 to the epic tours of the 1980s, Rock Scully was on the bus as the Dead's manager, confidant, and co-conspirator. Writing with you-are-there immediacy, he brings the Dead to life as never before, recounting the songs and solos, highs and hijinks, the battles and brouhahas that made the group a phenomenon for 30 years. of photos.

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The Daily Telegraph
Funny, infuriating, and deeply poignant.
Rhythmandnews.Com
Coming from the inner sanctum and not from without, Scully—road manager, confidant, Garcia-keeper, and prankster—charges through his substance abused memory banks resulting in a real time (as opposed to acid time) history.... Morphing plaid iguanas to Altamont, through the later beating-a-dead-horse-tours, team paranoia, his dishonorable discharge from the ranks, and Jerry’s passing, Living With The Dead is 369 pages of rowdy fun, challenge, and change.
Rhythmandnews.com
Coming from the inner sanctum and not from without, Scully—road manager, confidant, Garcia-keeper, and prankster—charges through his substance abused memory banks resulting in a real time (as opposed to acid time) history.... Morphing plaid iguanas to Altamont, through the later beating-a-dead-horse-tours, team paranoia, his dishonorable discharge from the ranks, and Jerry’s passing, Living With The Dead is 369 pages of rowdy fun, challenge, and change.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When Scully first saw the Grateful Dead perform, in San Francisco in 1965, he thought they were the ``world's ugliest band.'' He promptly signed on as their manager and lived with them for the next 20 years; in 1985, fresh from a heroin detox clinic, he quit or was fired amid charges (all false, says he) of misusing the band's money. His account of those years, written with the coauthor of Marianne Faithfull's autobiography, is not addressed exclusively to an audience of Deadheads. In fact, they may be disappointed by the low profile Jerry Garcia keeps in Scully's memories. He does remember the LSD and the drugs and the hazy high jinks: the souring Haight-Ashbury scene, Woodstock and Altamont, the ``endless party rolling down the road.'' He describes Garcia as ``magnetic, affable, inquisitive, approachable and infinitely benign,'' and that's about as deep as it gets. A few of the albums, especially early ones, get some attention, but Scully is more interested in the Dead as a social phenomenon. And after 20 years, with Garcia getting ever deeper into drugs and isolation, the group, he says, became both a self-parody and a ``cash cow.'' Photos not seen by PW. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Scully's 20-year tenure as Grateful Dead manager ended on a sour note, and he is barely mentioned in other books on the band. Nonetheless, in this first in-depth biography of the group, he displays a vivid, unflinching eye for detail, which is surprising considering the prodigious amounts of drugs he (and they) ingested. Highlights include colorful descriptions of Ken Kesey's acid tests (for which the Dead were the house band) and life in the Haight-Ashbury scene of the late 1960s. The reverential depiction of the late Jerry Garcia dominates sketches of the other band members, but Scully's insider status gives readers a rare view into the Grateful Dead inner circle. Recommended for popular music collections. Not as essential but no less interesting is editor Ganz's (Playing in the Band, LJ 7/85) compilation of some of the heartfelt and eloquent Internet postings that started appearing within minutes of the announcement of Garcia's death on August 9, 1995. Lovingly assembled, this book is far more effective than Linda Kelly's recently published Deadheads (LJ 11/1/95) at helping the uninitiated understand the otherworldly bond between the Dead and their fans. Recommended for larger collections.-Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., Cal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815411635
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST COOPER
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 303,003
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Rock Scully worked for the Grateful Dead for twenty years and lives in Marino del Rey, California. David Dalton, co-author of Faithfull: An Autobiography and Rock 100 (both published by Cooper Square Press), lives in Delhi, New York.
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Table of Contents

1 The World's Biggest Crystal 3
2 The Octagon Is in Place 8
3 Plaid Iguanas 21
4 Acid Rain 36
5 710 Ashbury 51
6 The Gathering of the Tribes 76
7 High Noon in the Haight 97
8 Anthem of the Sun 113
9 Whores, Wars, Weed and the Wild, Wild Northwest 135
10 This Darkness Got to Give 162
11 Two for the Road 186
12 Box of Rain 199
13 We're All Bozos on This Bus 216
14 Ship of Fools 227
15 Barbarians in Europe 235
16 Blues for Allah 253
17 Zeno's Lullaby 264
18 Trouble Behind 278
19 A Terrapin on Shakedown Street 298
20 Up in Smoke 312
21 Before I Get Old 337
22 Chief Smoking Moccasin 353
Afterword: Adios, Black Jack 367
Index 371
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  • Posted September 8, 2014

    The book itself is great, lively and full of amazing stories so

    The book itself is great, lively and full of amazing stories so far… unfortunately who ever edited it originally or for the electronic transfer over to the nook ebook format, has the skills of a….. well, actually they are unskilled. My head hurts from the puzzle it is to guess what many of the words in this book are supposed to be… please take some responsibility at the editing office and do your job.  that being said, I still love the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Rock Scully was there from the beginning and he holds nothing back. He had nothing to lose in writing this book. Scully happened to run into his former very close friend Jerry Garcia in 1992. He mentioned that he was working on book about managing the band. Garcia asked if he would just be honest in doing so. I feel he was Dead honest.

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