So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead

So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead

by David Browne


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Fifty years after they first came together and changed the sound of rock 'n' roll, the Grateful Dead remain one of rock's most beloved bands — a musical and cultural phenomenon that spans generations and paved the way for everything from the world of jam bands and the idea of independently released music to social networking. Much has been written about the band, but nothing quite as vibrant and vivid as So Many Roads.

Drawing on new interviews with surviving members and people in their inner circle — along with the group's extensive archives and his own research from years of covering the group — David Browne, longtime music journalist and contributing editor at Rolling Stone, does more than merely delve into the Dead's saga. By way of an altogether unique structure — each chapter centered around a significant or pivotal day in their story — he lends this epic musical and cultural story a you-are-there feel unlike any other book written about the band.

So Many Roads takes us deep into the world of the Dead in ways that will be eye-opening even to the most rabid Deadheads. Readers will find themselves inside their communal home in Haight-Ashbury during the band's notorious 1967 bust; behind the scenes in the studio, watching the Dead at work (and play); backstage at the taping of the legendary "Touch of Grey" video and at their final shows; and in the midst of the Dead's legendary band meetings. Along the way, readers will hear not only from the Dead but also from friends, colleagues, lovers, and crew members, including some who've never spoken to the press before.

The result is a remarkably detailed and cinematic book that paints a strikingly fresh portrait of one of rock's greatest and most enduring institutions and sheds new light — for fans and newcomers alike — on the band's music, dynamics, and internal struggles. "There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert," read the legendary bumper stickers. Similarly, there's nothing like So Many Roads, which explores all-new routes on the band's long, strange trip.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306824470
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Pages: 520
Sales rank: 148,319
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

David Browne is a senior writer at Rolling Stone and the author of Dream Brother, widely seen as the definitive biography of Jeff Buckley. He is also the author of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup; Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970; and biographies of Sonic Youth and the Grateful Dead. His 1993 New York Times article, "The Unmade Star," was one of the first major stories published on Jeff Buckley. He lives in Manhattan.

Table of Contents

Tuning Up (Or, Intro) ix

Prologue: San Francisco, February 16, 1970 1

Chapter 1 Menlo Park, California, October 27, 1962 25

Chapter 2 Menlo Park, California, May 26, 1965 53

Chapter 3 Palo Alto, California, December 18, 1965 75

Chapter 4 San Francisco, October 2, 1967 103

Chapter 5 San Francisco, November 2, 1969 135

Chapter 6 London, May 25 and 26, 1972 165

Chapter 7 Reno, Nevada, May 12, 1974 193

Chapter 8 Mill Valley, California, February 19 to March 4, 1975 221

Chapter 9 Englishtown, New Jersey, September 3, 1977 241

Chapter 10 New York City, October 31, 1980 265

Chapter 11 Berkeley, California, Late February to Early March, 1984 289

Chapter 12 Salinas, California, May 9, 1987 313

Chapter 13 Pittsburgh, April 3, 1989 339

Chapter 14 Boston, September 20, 1991 367

Chapter 15 Noblesville, Indiana, July 2, 1995 393

Epilogue: New York City, March 30, 2009 423

Bidding You Goodnight (Otherwise Known as Acknowledgments) 445

Select Bibliography 451

Index 457

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