On the Dead front, trying to catch up with this past Spring's releases: "So Many Roads" (Browne), Billy's "Deal", "No Simple Highway" (Richardson). Golden age of Dead history books, eh?! And I'm always trying to fill in the collection with books I've missed over the years. Just got "Growing Up Dead", and Sam Cutler's "Can't Always Get What You Want". Took me a while to find the original Australian printing... Oh- and I loved Richard Loren's "High Notes"!
On the non-Dead music front, I'm enjoying "Stiffed" (Knoedelseder), the investigative story of MCA and their mob influences in the Eighties, and Clive Davis' autobiography. Very little on the Dead in that one, but some. I'm a sucker for record company books, and his is a very good one.
Looking forward to Blair Jackson and David Gans' "This Is All A Dream We Dreamed" and Bill Walton's (!) book this fall.
Haha! That was a fun read. Enjoy!
a good choice!
Im reading "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams.
It seems like one just leads to the next! I'm considering Scully's next but I'm just now putting the wraps on A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead by Dennis McNally. A must read for the serious dead freak. I only found one editing mistake, weird is spelled 'wierd' once about 3/4 of the way though. Forgivable, as I've made that boo boo myself in the past. Now I just remember it as my favorite rhythm guitarist's last name with a 'd' at the end.
So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead by David Browne. It's a nice follow-up to Billy K.'s book, which I finished reading last week. I'm halfway through Browne's book already after picking it up only late last week. I'm generally a slow reader, so it's notable the rate at which I'm devouring these tomes. David's book follows a chronological path similar to Billy's book, and it dips into some of the same events his does as well. Perhaps not so curiously it often departs in ways, some minor and some no-so-minor from other retellings of the same stories. This is a well sourced and interesting read although there are some obvious editing errors which always makes me scratch my head. Cannot someone proofread these things?
Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music by Glenn Kurtz. It was a fun, interesting, dare I say inspiring read. A memoir of sorts. I should have read it long before now as I was gifted it by a student some 4 years ago. Kind of puts me in my place, a place I am most comfortable existing as a practicing musician. It proved to be page turner nonetheless and I'd most vociferously recommend it to all folks interested in the art of practice. Thanks, Tom (and Mr. Kurtz). I'm kind of embarrassed to say what I'm reading now (no it's not the Joy of Sex or the Kama Sutra) but it's certainly not Dante's Inferno...
The Maze Runner, The Goldfinch, and I'm currently reading The Mountain Echoes...in the bathroom, something by Bill Bryson is read while poopin'...what are you reading? Love live the Div!
HIGHLY recommended. Great storytelling. Dennis had a booksigning at the local bookstore last night, and it was fun to see him. He may be coming to a bookstore near you...
I read it back in the '80s when Phil mentioned it in an interview with David Gans. Great book. In a similar vein, Odd John, by Olaf Stapledon, somewhat earlier. Haven't read either one for years, but they had a huge influence on me too.