Hello all. First post here because I am trying to find a book with the picture of Jerry holding up his hand missing his finger. The photo is famous, but I can't find any books with it. Do you guys know of any?
Well, Garcia: An american life from B. Jackson is the best, to me, and Searching for the sound, by Phil is a good one too (no frills, more focused on the musical side). Then I got the one from McNally, and I think that it is quite good..a little boring sometimes.
The book from Rock Scully is funny, maybe too much gossip but I think that it's a nice way to look inside the life of a band outside the stage.
Last, try this one, "Hippie" from Barry Miles, not specifically about the GD, more about the years '65-70, it's a good book, very funny and full of wonderful pictures.
i have a few Deadbases from over the years including some yearbooks, i also have most of the older GD books, unfortunately not Read Phil's or Parish's books or the DK book
my Deadbase is getting ragged, could do with a new one being published perhaps with solo setlists also
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Thanks to Claney and Gans for recommending this one - I just tore through it in about three days, it was really good. So realistic I had to wonder if much of it's autobiographical.
Deadbase is indispensible. I am always looking up stuff in it. From setlists to places played it is worth more than its weight in gold. When I'm watching college hoops I usually check to see if the boys ever played in that venue. And if they did, how many shows, what kind of setlists and breakouts happened. Then I like to imagine the magic of "way back then"...
Do you suppose that some of those wonderful notes are still bouncing off the rafters?
I'm not Beethoven
right on Dr Evil. I love that book and still often read random passages of it. So much so that it has largely fallen to pieces. The story of the genesis and blossoming of the Dead is ..well just a great story. Reading the tale of Garcia's personal struggles brings out many different and conflicting emotions. Jackson is careful to avoid making judgements and does not really attempt to get too far inside Garcia's head and answer the question why? But on reflection I think Jackson is right to leave it to us to answer that question ourselves.
I always thought he could have done much better with the title though...sounds to me like it was invented by the publishers!
Phil Lesh Searching for the Sound My Life with the Grateful dead.... gonna start it now :)
is an excellent collection of poems by Robert Hunter
I also dig Skeleten Key "The Grateful Dead Outback" ( or so Jerry called it)
One of the best books I've ever read and certainly one of the best biographies of a musician ever written, imo. My mom gave it to me for Christmas (2002 if I remember correctly) along with the DVD, "Anthem of Beauty" (grate Christmas!). For me, the book brought Jerry to life again, in a strange (how else could it?) and beautiful way. As I read the book, I redefined my definition of a "hero". I still have heroes, but now I can be one, myself. I think that's what Jerry tried to tell me himself. No one person is perfect but that fact makes life not only bearable but immensely beautiful, "if you look at it right". The book also deals with several subjects of being a deadhead that I thought were too intangible for publication but Blair Jackson did a marvelous job of getting it ALL down on paper. I'll never forget the feeling I got from reading that book - Grateful.
"I tell you Max, I don't know why I ever leave this place. I've got all the company I need right here." - The Grinch