I'm reading "The Irish Troubles, a Generation of Violence 1967 - 1992", by J. Bower Bell, and listening to an audiobook 6-volume set of "Edward Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire". As you can see, I have more fun than most people, but I'll be a grown-up some day.
But seriously, this is serious. I can't shake the feeling we've been sliding into fascism, and that it is speeding up. That is why I'm reading these two books right at this time. 800 FEMA 'containment' camps, military gear sold to our police for riot control. I'm not saying the worst will happen, just saying we're ripe for the pluckin'. Hang on folks. As Bob Dylan says, "Things are going to get interesting right about now."
GD will ease the pain and love for my kids will see me through.
First I've heard that I was supposed to write a foreword (like that nightmare when it's suddenly the final exam of the class you didn't know you were taking), but it seems like they have quite a few others. A magnum opus for sure. Kudos to Stu et al.
It's unwieldy at almost 1K pages. Why not use OCR software to replicate the lists from DeadBase XI and correct them? Marye, I thought you were going to contribute to the forward. I frankly am mildly disappointed with the final product, but not unhappy to support the great folks that put it out. Please don't murder me.
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...