Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead

Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead

by Peter Conners
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Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead by Peter Conners


Told against the backdrop of the American landscape of the late '80s to the mid-'90s, Growing Up Dead is the story of Peter Conners's journey from straight-laced suburban kid to touring Deadhead. Peter discovered the Grateful Dead in 1985, at the age of 15, through friends who exchanged bootleg tapes of live Grateful Dead concerts. A teenager living in the suburbs of Rochester, New York, he became exposed to an entirely new way of life, and friends who were enjoying more freedom and less parental guidance. At the age of 16, he attended his first Grateful Dead concert on June 30, 1987 - he was hooked. Between 1987 and 1995, Conners would attend Dead 'shows' all over the United States. He traveled with a makeshift 'family' of other Deadheads in a Volkswagen camper, selling drugs and whatever else would provide gas money to the next concert. His hair was a wild, unkempt bush and baths were infrequent. In short, he had progressed from suburban kid, to Grateful Dead fan, to full-blown Deadhead. Chronicling this progression, which culminates with the 1995 death of Jerry Garcia, Conners reveals the truth behind Deadhead culture and history. The result is a riveting insight into the obsessive fandom that made The Grateful Dead the most successful touring band of all time, as well as a cultural phenomenon.

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ISBN-13: 9780306817335
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 03/30/2009
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 551,656
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Peter Conners is author of a collection of prose poems, Of Whiskey and Winter, and a novella, Emily Ate the Wind, as well as editor of an anthology of avant-garde writing, PP/FF: An Anthology. He is founding co-editor of the online literary journal, Double Room: A Journal of Prose Poetry & Flash Fiction. His writing appears regularly in literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. He lives with his wife and three children in Rochester, New York, where he works as Editor and directs marketing for the non-profit literary publisher BOA Editions.

www.peterconners.com

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Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Rev_Stick More than 1 year ago
Growing Up Dead is the most accurate depiction of Deadhead culture...Family!...I have ever read. As a big part of that scene for so many years myself, I can honestly say that Peter Conners has not written fluff here. Every page tells it exactly like it was and, to some degree, still is. For me, this book had profound effects on all levels. I could read a chapter; close my eyes and BE THERE once again! The vivid imagery, smells, tastes, emotions...they're everywhere throughout this work. Any book that can cause a person to laugh, cry, smile, reminisce, be inspired & have their life truly validated is one that MUST BE READ. Growing Up Dead just so happens to be that book! If you never went to a Grateful Dead show but were always curious about what really went on, this is the book for you. If you went to 1 show or 100 shows, this book is for you. As a longtime Deadhead, I am so grateful to Peter Conners for telling his story...our story...for the world read, see and FINALLY understand. The "Long Strange Trip" continues....
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Peter conners told my story. Right on and thank you!
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