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Playing in the Band: An Oral and Visual Portrait of the Grateful Dead

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Memorializing the death of Jerry Garcia, this updated edition of the bestselling book about the Grateful Dead offers a fascinating, highly readable report on this onging experiment on collective creativity--the cultural phenomenon that hasn't lost its steam for more than 30 years. "Serious fun is what the Grateful Dead is up to, and that's what this book is about".--Mickey ...more
Paperback, 149 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1985)
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Nov 21, 2007 Elyssa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Deadheads
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I was going through my books to sell or give away and I just couldn't part with this one! I have a much older version of this book. My high school friend gave it to me for my birthday sometime in the mid-80s. The Grateful Dead were still going strong and I was just beginning to explore their music and hearing some of their songs for the first time. I am sure this updated version is even better, but the book I have is a relic from my teen years and the beginning of 20+ years of being a GD fan.
David Ward
Playing in the Band: An Oral and Visual Portrait of the Grateful Dead by David Gans (St. Martin's Press 1996)(780.92+/-) is one of the better Dead-oriented volumes of art, poetry, and tradition. My rating: 7/10, finished 3/11/13.
Douglas Graney
Gans does a good job. Worth getting if you're a fan.
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