Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1087

By David Gans

Week of July 20, 2009

This week's program features a 2009 interview with Peter Conners, author of an excellent memoir titled Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead, with music chosen by the author from shows he attended and describes in the text.

Growing Up Dead is a very important addition to the Grateful Dead bookshelf: an honest, articulate, celebratory, and inspiring account of life on Dead tour in the 1980s. When I first heard of the book (and saw the title), I was afraid it was going to be the story of a boy who went astray on Dead tour, hit bottom, entered rehab, repudiated everything that had happened out there, and now goes to meetings every week. Instead, we have a thoughtful, articulate account of a great American adventure: touring with the Dead.

I led an online interview with Peter Conners in the WELL’s inkwell.vue conference. The interview is well worth reading, and so is the book.


The music:

Grateful Dead 6/30/87 Kingswood Music Theater, Maple, Ontario

Grateful Dead 6/30/88 Silver Stadium, Rochester NY

Grateful Dead, Built to Last

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- David Gans

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uncjhn's picture
Joined: Dec 5 2007
JGB Video

Was that Jerry Band at the Warfield with Clarence from the E street band. I was at the show. He played the whole show. I loved the 80's in SF. So many Jerry shows...The stone ..the Warfield..Filmore..
I will have to check out the GUD book. It seems many of us grew up around this band. I am 48 and I've been on the bus for 28 years.That's way more than half my life!
Thanks DG.

woodyinthebasement's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
Ohh wow... So sorry Rick.... Thay is too heavy...

The only thing I can say for your second reading... is...
"Like the ones that cry like the ones that die trying to set the angel in us free"
I have also lost friends along the path.... but we still strive on.....
It is the risk we have to take, when we're....


woodyinthebasement's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
Hay now Mr. Conners...

Well I have to say that that passage that you read from your book does
truely depict the magic and the spirit of the Grateful Dead.... That sunset magic
of the universe playing to our heads in a glorious combination of magic and music...
Well you know what I mean.... I've been there too!!!

That is why I still take those road trips today...
Following the spirit back to find that magic once again.....
Hope to see you at the Furthur Festival in May...... Back to Fennerio....

Take care and stay in touch....


Joined: May 26 2007
American Beauty Project

KRS10, the American Beauty Project happened one or two more times without me, but I haven't heard of any shows under that name in a coule of years. I'd love to do it again, but who knows? That Amherst show is available from Festivalink, by the way: 

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krs10's picture
Joined: Mar 25 2009
Kingswood '87

Thanks David - looking forward to a good read.

Love that show - many Canadian heads remember it well. And the crazy delays/pitch shift on Bobby's vocals during Estimated are trippy, to say the least.

I really enjoyed hearing the American Beauty Project back in '07 at the Unbroken Chain academic conference. Any chance of another show in the future?

Keep it coming,


cactuswax's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
Right on Peter & David

Definitely enjoyed the book, look forward to listening to the interview.


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