Dead Reckonings: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead

Dead Reckonings: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead


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Dead Reckonings: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead by John Rocco

Deadheads unite! For years, you've known that the Grateful Dead has been a force for change, not only in American music, but in American culture. Within these pages lies the proof -- both positive and negative -- of their role in changing the face of our time. This collection brings together articles, photos, interviews, and reviews from the Dead's long, strange trip from '60s avatars of the Haight Ashbury scene to '90s rock and roll entrepreneurs.

The trip is illuminated by portraits of some of the influences on the Dead ... from John Cage and Charles Ives to Charley Patton and Bill Monroe ... as well as portraits and interviews of all the many Dead members, the enduring lineup and those who only passed through.

And in the center of it all is Jerry Garcia, the voice of the Dead ... as key guitarist, songwriter, and creative force. Although gone from the planet, he has not left us musically ... and this book serves as a great summing up of his personal achievements.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780028648965
Publisher: Omnibus Press
Publication date: 02/15/1999
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 7.06(w) x 9.93(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

John Rocco ( has held a wide variety of jobs in his life, from working in the shell fishing industry, to designing attractions for Walt Disney World's Epcot, to creating illustrations for the DreamWorks movie "Shrek." Since 2005 his focus has been on creating children's books, such as Wolf! Wolf!, a Borders Original Voices Award-winner; Moonpowder; and Fu Finds the Way.

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