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    izzie
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    There's lots of 'em! Books about the Dead, by the Dead, both collectively and individually. And then there's books about us, the Deadheads, too! What's your current read?

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  • December 6, 2007 - 10:36am
    dgans
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    Tiger in a Trance
    I'd put in a vote for Max Ludington's Tiger in a Trance. A very well-constructed and well-written work of fiction that takes place on Dead tour, with very specific references that are historically accurate. GD Hour blog Station list
  • December 6, 2007 - 10:36am
    dgans
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    Thank you!
    ... to Leadbelly27 for the kind words about Conversations with the Dead. You have the original edition, published in 1991 by Citadel Undergound. A new edition was published by Da Capo a few years ago, with a lengthy interview with Ned Lagin ("Seastones") bolted on at the end. GD Hour blog Station list
  • December 6, 2007 - 10:21am
    GratefulGigi
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    Grateful Dead Family Album
    By Jerilyn Lee Brandelius. Very interesting,full of alot of fun stuff :)
  • December 5, 2007 - 8:37am
    marye
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    LOVE the annotated lyrics!
    David Dodd has been known to show up around here now and then...
  • December 4, 2007 - 10:50pm
    DeadHead85
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    I have and have read dead head forever, this is a cool book to flip through when listening to tunes I usually put on later dead since the book is a scrap book and most the stories and ticket stubbs are from after 1980. Ive also read Phil Lesh book and Steve Parish's book. Both were great. Lately I just bought a book called complete annotated grateful dead lyrics. This book is great its another one thats good to flip through when listening to tunes.
  • December 2, 2007 - 7:58pm
    claney
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    Dead to the Core
    I have to second (third?) the comments by Oroboros and Cactuswax: "Dead to the Core: An Almanack of the Grateful Dead" by Eric Wybenga is a consistent favorite Dead-related book of mine. A mixture of great show reviews, "best version" lists, essays, and generally cool trivia. Last I checked it was out of print, which is too bad. Well worth looking for a used copy... And Cactuswax is so right about Wybenga's turn of phrase. For example, Wybenga says of 9/28/75 "There's a live-wire energy attendant on this show..." -- I still find myself using that phrase to describe the show (one of my favorite shows too). Another book that I'd recommend: A novel by Deadhead tour veteran Max Ludington called "Tiger in a Trance" which is a fictionalized account of life on the road following the Dead. I used to frequent the Dick's Picks discussion board in the old Deadbase site, and a regular poster there recommended this book - he was good friends with Ludington. I didn't know what to expect, but boy was I surprised. One of the most engrossing novels I've read in the past decade.
  • November 18, 2007 - 12:33pm
    DaNell
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    books
    The latest one I've read is Deadhead Forever. It was pretty cool. It's written by this dude Haze. It is his scrapbook from touring with The Dead. Really neat. It took me back.
  • November 18, 2007 - 12:27pm
    cactuswax
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    Dead to the Core
    I'll agree with the comment Oroboros posted earlier - Wybenga's book is a great read. I've had it for probably ten years now and it's one I go back to all the time - very conversational, funny. Dude's got a good turn of phrase.
  • September 30, 2007 - 3:06pm
    marye
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    majick
    you might want to post that request in the In Search Of,,, topic. I'm sorry, I have no clue about this myself, but someone there might.
  • September 30, 2007 - 2:55pm
    majicklaughfter
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    song book
    i'm looking for the underground songbook "whoa oh what i want to know"if you have any leads e-mail me at zapme340@hotmail.com thanx
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There's lots of 'em! Books about the Dead, by the Dead, both collectively and individually. And then there's books about us, the Deadheads, too! What's your current read?
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I'm not sure about the current inventory, but before you go paying scalper bux on eBay I'd check with our own Blair Jackson (blairj), editor/publisher of said Golden Road, to see what back issues he's got available for, like, normal prices. I think some are really gone, but there are plenty of some others.
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Longtime Grateful Dead family member Rosie McGee has a new book, which for the moment is electronic-only, available for all the usual devices. Getting good reviews from people who were there at the time...
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What are other good books to buy? I am going to purchase when I get money which are Desolate Angel by Dennis McNally, and A Long Strange Trip by Dennis McNally, I don't have either of those books. I do have An American Life, and A Signpost to New Space. I do already have both of those. So, outside of the books I mentioned what are some other good ones?
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please help php out here and give advice about your faves! I've been sort of monopolizing the suggestions in the original thread. Thanks!
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The Illustrated Trip have only a few others tho
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Thank you!
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mentioned, but worth repeating Searching for the Sound by phil is a great read and The Grateful Dead Family Album is great for all of the pics........lots and lots of pics.