Dead Reckonings: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead

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Deadheads unite! For years, you've known that the Grateful Dead has been a force for change, not only in American music, but in American culture. Within these pages lies the proof - both positive and negative - of their role in changing the face of our time. This collection brings together articles, photos, interviews, and reviews from the Dead's long, strange trip from 60s avatars of the Haight Ashbury scene to '90s rock and roll entrepreneurs.

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John Rocco is editor of "The Nirvana Companion" and "The Doors Companion."

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In this anthology of previously published essays, articles, and book excerpts, Rocco (editor of The Doors Companion, Schirmer, 1997, and The Nirvana Companion, Schirmer, 1998) casts a wide net by including pieces either about or by people not usually connected to the Grateful Dead. Yet works by George Plimpton, Miles Davis, and novelist Robert Stone sit comfortably next to pieces from the mainstream press, band insiders, and fans. What could have been a scattered grab-bag instead illustrates how the Grateful Dead's permeating influence on popular culture is in turn a result of the wide variety of influences absorbed by the band. The pieces are divided into four loosely defined parts: Grateful Dead history and context, their influences and concert experiences, three interviews with band leader Jerry Garcia, and reflections on Garcia's, and the band's, passing. An important collection of commentary on perhaps the hardest to define of all rock groups; recommended for popular music collections.ALloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA
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