Published to coincide with the tenth anniversary of his passing, "Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork is a profusely illustrated showcase of, and appreciation for, Jerry Garcia's art, life, and creative spirit. Opening with a foreword by Mickey Hart, the collection features more than 100 full-color reproductions of his paintings, drawings, and prints. This historic presentation of Jerry's distinguished body of work (which includes pen and inks, acrylics, watercolors, and digital media) is at once a stunning art book in an accessible, coffee-table format and an intimate and playful celebration of his creativity. Edited by April Higashi, art curator and archivist of the Jerry Garcia estate, each chapter opens with a commentary on the art presented in the context of Jerry's life and times. Punctuating these essays are "interludes," illustrated by candid photographs, featuring interviews, anecdotes, and remembrances by key cultural figures as well as those closest to Jerry. Participants include Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Herbert Gold, Donna Godchaux, Victor Moscoso, Carlos Santana, Baron Wolman, Paul Pena, and members of the Garcia and Grateful Dead families.
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APRIL HIGASHI is the art curator of the Jerry Garcia Estate and an artist herself. She lives in Berkeley, CA.
Grateful Dead drummer MICKEY HART has long been a student of music. Planet Drum, a group to which he belonged, was awarded the first-ever Grammy for Best World Music. Hart organized a percussion performance for the 1996 Olympic Games, setting the Guinness World Record for largest drum circle (4,504 drummers). Hart has authored 4 books and composed scores and soundtracks for a number of films.
An innovative and prolific musician, Jerry Garcia was the driving force behind that legendary band from the Haight-Ashbury scene of the 1960s, the Grateful Dead. It was a full-time job, as represented by 30-odd years spent touring. Turns out, Garcia also was a skilled visual artist. Now comes this collection featuring reproductions of his work and lending new insight into his boundless creativity. Garcia began drawing and painting while in high school. He dabbled in different mediums, and the book is divided into four categories: drawings, watercolors, acrylics, and digital. Interspersed are essays written by significant cultural figures and his closest friends. Particularly impressive are Garcia's line drawings (including fun caricatures), and much of his work in all media retains the graceful fluidity of an expressive squiggle. His watercolors and acrylics are as vibrant as one might expect but still surprise with their juxtaposition of seemingly incongruous colors. His exploration of the digital world reflects a fascination with things new. Overall, the joy Garcia found in this more private form of artistic expression shines through on every page. Jerry Eberle
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Book Description Insight Editions, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition; First Printing. Insight Editions, 2005, New unused limited editon. New, in original shrink wrap with limited edition print of 500 copies. New CD. Book: New unread limited/numbered first edition of 2500 copies, Insight Editions, 2005. New hardback first printing (complete number line) . New dust jacket with price intact. 188 pages, unmarked. ; DD1703 - 3; 22.70 X 12.80 X 2.40 inches; 188 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 43805