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Joined: Dec 26 2007

his other book "ridin' high, livin' free" is pretty good too. was published about the same time period. probably can be found under ralph "sonny" barger. sonny is now a member of the cave creek chapter (ariz?). moved cuz of his health.

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Joined: Feb 19 2008
Hell's Angel

Hell's Angel by Sonny Barger, If you are not familiar Sonny waspres of Oakland HA for years was friends with Jerry, Anyway good book, interesting stuff about that scene in the late 60's and altimont etc.

Joined: Jul 29 2008
Brain damage forced me to read them twice

I'd read a "Harry" book when it came out (well, after my sister bought it), then by the time the next book came out I'd have to read the one before again to remember what was going on.

That last book got kinda tedious though, until near the end.

I have a sigfile! -->

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Joined: May 26 2007
Heads of Hogwarts...

I admit it's pretty funny that I'm just getting around to reading the Harry Potter books now, but, to make a long story short, after a lifetime of reading my favorite author's latest opus in a hour and a half and realizing I had to wait at least a year for the next installment, I vowed not to read any of them till they were all out. I've seen all the movies though.

So I finally finished off the last one and withdrawal is definitely setting in.

Joined: Jul 29 2008
Nick Mason's Pink Floyd Memoir is pretty good...'s called "Inside Out". I've just started it so Syd isn't nuts yet, but Nick's writing style is humorous in tone (so far).

William Gibson (the cyberpunk guy) has a novel out called "Spook Country" that started out a little slow but became very entertaining. Kept me guessing until the end.

Honestly, "Gravity's Rainbow" gave me more than one headache but I should probably read it again, I understand it's an important novel.

Other than that I've been catching up on comic books, err, "graphic novels". Warren Ellis' "Transmetropolitan" is a great series, the lead character is kind of Hunter Thompson in the near future. Anything Alan Moore or Neil Gaiman (gotta read the Sandman series) is terrific. Both of these guys have also written "legitimate" novels - Alan Moore's "Voice of the Fire" is uber-creepy; Gaiman's "American Gods" and "Anansi Boys" are both excellent.

There's a book version of the PBS documentary Ken Burns "Jazz" that you should read, or at least skim through.


Joined: Jun 19 2007
I'm an avid reader & see on

I'm an avid reader & see on this thread some stuff to check out.For myself, my favs are...
everything by Tom Robbins, Tolkein, Vonnegut, Raymond Chandler, Kesey, Stephen King
"A Confederacy of Dunces"
"Handling Sin" (this is a comedy, btw)
"The Godfather"
"Been Down So Long It Seems Like Up To Me"
"Gravity's Rainbow"
"Brave New World"
"A Clockwork Orange"
"The Monkey Wrench Gang"
"Lord Of The Flies"
"The Old Man & Mr. Smith"
As you can see, my tastes run amok when it comes to books.

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Joined: Jul 20 2007
More cowboy resonances

Another writer who speaks to me in this way, that is resonates on "cowboy" themes within Grateful Dead music, is Larry McMurtry (the novel "Lonesome Dove", the biography of Crazy Horse). In some ways the resonance with McMurtry's work is stronger since his writing is less spare and has more saga-like story elements.

"Yesterday this day's madness did prepare."

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Joined: Jul 20 2007
Resonance with Annie Proulx

Sorry for the cross-posting, I originally posted this in Shakedown Street, but it really belongs in this topic which I wasn't aware of before.

I just got done with a cowboy story entitled "Them Old Cowboy songs" by Annie Proulx (who wrote the original story on which "Brokeback Mountain" was based) that appeared in the May 5, 2008 issue of the New Yorker. After finishing the story I felt that it had resonances with "Brown-Eyed Woman" and "Jack Straw". Similar textures that gave me some of the same feelings as listening to those songs and to a lesser extent "Me and my Uncle". I thought folks who visit might find the same resonances and want to know about the story.

Be warned however that it is ultimately a sad and disturbing tale.

Keep safe,
Another Bear

"Yesterday this day's madness did prepare."

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Joined: Oct 23 2007
Thanks Laura

A Gun Totin, Dead Quotin Sheriff!

Gang, we've got a mystery on our hands!


Joined: Apr 30 2008
Deadhead mystery novel available for FREE! (sponsored by author)

I am Kearney Street Books' publicist. Kearney Street Books is a small, independent publishing house which focuses on books about music. Currently, we are sponsoring free book discussions for Gary McKinney's new mystery novel, "Slipknot." "Slipknot" is a mystery featuring County Sheriff Gavin Pruitt, Deadhead.
Set the year before Jerry Garcia's death, "Slipknot" takes place in picturesque rural Washington, and revolves around the murder of a politically prominent environmentalist - who was going to decide whether a local forest is logged or not. The future of the local logging industry is dependent upon the decision - but so are the lives of the wildlife within the forest.
Gavin must figure out who the killer is, all the while quoting classic Grateful Dead songs, taking up jamming sessions, and dealing with his daughter's new "hippie" boyfriend.
If you are interested in learning more about "Slipknot," there are limited free copies available. If enough people are interested, a discussion group can be started.
This isn't spam - we just want to get the word out about a great book featuring the Grateful Dead. Since the music can be downloaded for free, why not allow the same in literature - except this offer is available for a limited time.
(Again, this isn't spam - there will only be a few offers made at similar sites devoted the Dead)
You can also read the entire first chapter of "Slipknot" for free at Kearney Street Books' website,

You can contact me for more information,
Laura Clement


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