I wrote a book about my 30 years touring with the Dead: "Going Down the Road Feeling Glad"
Can I donate a copy to the Grateful Dead Library?
If so, how?
The Grateful Fred
I probably should have said that people MIGHT find some truth in it. I sounded a little arrogant to myself there.
I was just reading the previous post. I'm going to have to own that book.
Meanwhile--here is the blurberino from mine--
FREAKED, by J.T. Dutton – YA – Humor, Coming of Age –Set in the mid-nineties. Prep school student and ardent fan of the Grateful Dead, 15 year old Scotty Douglas Loveletter road trips to the most unforgettable show of his life. HarperTeen March 17, 2009
You can read some of it on Amazon.
It's fiction, but I'm guessing people will find a lot of truth in it.
Hope you'll indulge a little horn-tooting! My new book, Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead, was just published and I'd love you to check it out. This isn't a book about the band's history or an insiders story, etc. Those are great, but this ain't that. This is a book about going to shows, street level, pure and simple.
I've gotten some good feedback on it already, but my favorite is from Dead publicist/historian Dennis McNally: "The hardest part of being the Grateful Dead’s publicist was convincing the media that Deadheads were diverse, thoughtful, and not infrequently accomplished. If I’d just had a copy of Growing Up Dead, I could have simply handed it out. The Deadhead subculture was rich and fascinating, and this book is a terrific documentation of it.”
In support of the book, I've got interviews lined up on the Tales from the Golden Road show on the G.D. Sirius channel and also on the G.D. Hour with David Gans. Got some readings & stuff too. I'd like to pop a note in here and there & hopefully meet some people along the road. First stop is in Albany this spring, same night as the Dead plays there, at an art gallery just down the street. Fri, April 17, 5:30. Amrose Sable Gallery, 306 Hudson Avenue, Albany, NY. Hit the reading, then hit the show (that's what I'm doing!)
You can check out the book at Amazon etc. (tho I hope your local indie bookstore will carry it too!)
Thanks everyone... love to hear from you if & when you crack the spine & look inside...
the storyteller makes no choice...
Just finished DARK STAR-Its pretty cool how its just quotes about Jerry by people cose to him,Makes it an easy read. I never realized how much pressure that poor man had to endure.He was truly a rock-n-roll soldier-He never wanted to stop touring because he did'nt want to put 100+ people out of work or let down the DEADHEADS and his body was begging him to at least take a couple years off the road Maybe if he cared about himself as much as he cared about everybody else-we would still be hearing that sweet sound. It's truly sad-I miss him.
Excellent Mark. I will have to revisit that book, been in my archives for years.
...and took a nap!
"Three Bags Full" was very enjoyable, and needs to have a sequel. Who'd've thought, a story about sheep could be cool.
I just finished reading "Skeleton Key"(grate book, but a little out of date) and a few things synced up with some of the vine activity going on:
*The entry for the WELL (starring our own marye) mentions the BCT '86 run of shows at which marye and David Gans handed out flyers for the GD conferences on the WELL - which is why the entire run is being vined even as we speak. We should all "whine" for a vine covering the Kaiser 11/20, 21, 22/85 run, in the balcony of which marye and Gans had the "lightbulb" moment of creating a Dead zone in cyberspace (note that marye has in fact played a part in creating a world, therefore = goddess).
*There is a William & Mary '73 vine starting up - one of these shows (9/11/73) was the first GD show that Bruce Hornsby attended. He went on to start a band with his brother that played Dead covers, and from there...ended up playing with a Dead band that does Dylan covers!
*In one of the appendices there is a list of Jim Powell's dozen favorite "Dark Stars". One of these is included in another vine just getting started, the Boston Ark '69 vine (4/22). Several other listed "Dunkelstern"s have been vined, although only the '91 DSB vine with the 9/10 MSG show appears to still be active.
*This isn't vine-related, just an amusing coincidence: Several days ago I received a private message here with the very gracious offer of a place to stay in Chicago during my upcoming visit to see the Dead at Rosemont (I have been unable to reply to this offer yet, due to an extended internet outage resulting from the truly hideous weather here in Louisville). I read this PM just a few minutes after reading the following riddle in "Skeleton Key":
Q: How do you know that Deadheads have stayed at your house?
A: They're still there.
*********This space for rent**************
Damn, I just posted another long comment but then Dead.net got all wonky. Anyway:
Forgot to mention I also just read TC's memoir, which was pretty interesting. A decent storyteller and obviously absurdly intelligent (it'll raise your IQ by a couple notches, no doubt), his time in the Dead was brief and thus so is the segment about it, but it's illuminating to see how he got there and what he's been up to since.
AND - and I swear this is it, at least for a little while - I've been deeply submerged in Blair's Golden Road zines for the last few months, and I can't recommend 'em highly enough. They ran (mostly) quarterly from like '83 to '93 and are especially interesting because each one is centered squarely in it's own particular time, providing direct insight into where the band and heads were at these moments - for example, on-the-spot reactions to and reflections on Jerry's coma, the post-Touch boom (and it's early stirrings), the trouble that caused for the band and for heads with resulting gate-crashings, bunk tickets, cop trouble etc etc etc. And also of course reviews of now-classic shows, early reactions to "new" songs, and on and on and on. These pop up on ebay from time to time and are usually pretty reasonable. Pick 'em up or dig 'em out for sure!
Ok, enough out of me!
I've been on a tear with GD books lately, just can't seem to get enough..
Anyway, quick run-downs on some of the ones I've read in the last couple of months:
Slipknot!, by Gary McKinney (got this from the nice people who posted about it earlier in this thread, if they're still doing it shoot 'em an email and they'll send you a copy absolutely free - all they ask is that you write a review of it somewhere, as I'm about to do right here!) - this is a good Pacific Northwest mystery involving the timber industry, a small town and a local Dead-quoting sheriff. The story rolls along pretty well, chases down some dead-end cul-de-sacs and ultimately (not giving anything away here) ends at the person you thought it was gonna end at. Maybe. The writing is definitely solid and can hold the reader's attention, but I did find myself at the end wondering why certain things happened that didn't really turn out to have anything to do with anything. But, that's life, right?
Skeleton Key, by David Shenk and Steve Silberman - indispensible, how did I live without this for so long?! A truly fun - and at times enlightening, even for those who have read the history from a thousand different perspectives -read that touches on the band's history, legacy and, of course, fan base.
Playin' in the Band, by David Gans - made up of quotes and interview bits, intercut with David Gans' capable narrative, this one's a lot of fun and also has tons of great photos.
Dead Tour, by Alan Izumi - this is one of the worst books I have ever read, period. The lead character is a contemptible little shit who somehow is able to make self-depracating humor seem self-righteous, and the story is weak and full of absurd generalizations about "the sixties" ... and the only actual deadhead in the book is a perpetually stoned non-character who serves no purpose. Why Robert Hunter wrote a forward for this book is surely beyond me.
That's it for now, though I did just get Cooking with the Dead by Elizabeth Zipern, a Deadhead road-recipes cookbook that I'm excited to delve into. And I'm currently in the middle of This Wheel's on Fire by Levon Helm, his memoir about being in The Band. It's really excellent so far, if you dig The Band you'll dig it.
lots of very nice fairly large photos, many of which I have never seen. Am really enjoying this, only look at a couple of pages at at time. Nice color watercolors of the band by Stanley Mouse Covers the years 1965 - 2008. Check it out.
If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.