Nice to see you hereabouts, and glad you're enjoying that tenure!
It's available at Amazon and through book stores, but it's cheapest if you go through the publisher, Open Court
It was a heck of a lot of fun to put together. It's a collection of essays from a bunch of different folks, all heads turned phil profs coming from Eastern, Western, classical, modern perspectives all looking at different aspects of the band and deadhead culture.
Man, I love having tenure.
...shall we go, you and I while we can...
By Steven Gimbel called "Grateful Dead and Philosophy", available now thru Amazon.com and probably through bookstores, I'm just not sure.
Definitely a unique perspective.
Re Hank Harrison, we do all know he's Courtney Love's father, right? (You know it's gonna get stranger...)
i like the book home before daylight by steve parish,great stories from the crew
I have just recently begun re-reading this book. I got this book a number of years ago from my good friend/deadhead/excellent guitarist Bob.
I read the book in the early 90's and was living in the Bay Area at the time. This book was particularly interesting to me because i was living in the Bay Area. Reading about Jerry and Pig and Bobby and Phil jamming at the coffee shop in palo alto, the boys living in SF in the early days, familiar addresses in which the structures of those days are no longer . . .It just made me feel even closer and a family member and gave me a chance to relive all those moments i was born a little too late for . . . Check it out!
Books are good. Books CAN be great, & even bad. But, isn't it a tad bit better to be out there, living, PARADING... instead of sittin' there, with your head stuck betwixt some papers, all bound together by a Job who was probably forced in some labour camp to cut & bind & paste his or her way through the day, whizzing every now & then, just so some Ashley could sell you the book for a pittance???? I mean, ask yourselves. But, look at ya, pinin' away with the thoughts of yesterworlds. Readin', dreamin', driftin'... YEAH, Books.
Now, on the other hand, Librarys are cool... they're full of books. Looks like rain all stacked up on neatly aligned shelving units, with a lodged ceiling fan gently scattering the stuffy air inside your town. Remember the Library in the motion picture "The Time Machine"? Hu, well, do ya, kid? Don't let that happen here. OK?
Support your loco wordsmiths....
Some years ago I came across a book called "Conversations with the Dead" by David Gans. This is an amazing collection of in-depth and penetrating interviews with Garcia, Lesh, Weir, Hunter, Barlow, Bear, and Healy. Most are from the early '80s. The Garcia interview from '81, in particular, is enlightening. Gans really knows what questions to ask, and it's obvious that Jerry trusted him and really opened up. An expansive interview ranging from Garcia's thoughts on music and the Dead, to philosophy, Terrence Mckenna, religion, and even Jerry Falwell! Wow. Every deadhead should own this book.
Oh, and the interview with Weir takes place while they are hanging upside-down at Weir's studio. This would be strange if it were any other band. Within the context of the Grateful Dead, it seemed logical and downright appropriate.
The copy I have is copyright 1991 from the Citadel Underground Press. Amazon has it listed as being printed by De Capo press.
Yo Soy Boricua!
Not a book, but the newest Rolling Stone is all about the Summer of Love - 1967. Lots of photos of the Dead and other bands. Short piece by Bobby. Article about Owsley. Great fun. Further.
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Walt Whitman-Song of Myself
I have Grateful Dead Family Album, Dark Star: An Oral Biography of Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh: Searching for The Sound.