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Dancing with the Dead--A Photographic Memoir
Photographer and Grateful Dead insider Rosie McGee's intimate memoir of the 10 years (1964-1974) she spent at the heart of the San Francisco rock music scene and living and working with the Grateful Dead. Illustrated with 200 of her photos, many never seen.
ebook, 250 pages
Published July 6th 2012 by TIOLI Press & Bytes
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This is a wonderful look into the lives of the people surrounding the Grateful Dead during their initial growth into the band they would become, told from the view of a member of the "Family". Rosie McGee was there during the sixties, during the "Summer of Love", there for the Acid Tests and the Be-Ins, the free love and the trips from Frisco to L.A., all for the love of her band, her family, her tribe. Lavishly illustrated with over 200 photos taken from the inside, this is a must read for Dead ...more
First off I love that she dedicated this book to all the women who have loved a musician, biker, or cowboy. I am one of those women. I went into this book wanting to know more information about the band members themselves. I figured that since she dated Phil she would have lots of stories to tell. However this book is not about them, but her life through this time period. This didn't make me lose interest. I found it fascinating to read what life was like for a woman during this time period and ...more
Obviously Rosie's no Blair Jackson but I did really appreciate the perspective she brought to the book and a look into the larger scene outside of the Dead in the 60s. I wish the publishing quality was a bit higher so the photos could have been reproduced more cleanly but as it is it's a new look into the events and people of the day.
I'm not a dead-head by any means, but it was very interesting to read about the community that surrounded the musicians. McGee has a true insider's perspective and doesn't whitewash the challenges of coming of age and finding companionship in an era of free love.
I was excited when I started listening to this book and really enjoyed for about the first half. I realize that the photos probably brought the book to life, which I intend to check out one day, but there were times I felt that it started to fall flat and lose my interest.
I was born Florence Nathan in Paris, France, the daughter of two Parisians who owned a bookstore. When I was five, we emigrated to the U.S. where I entered a San Francisco kindergarten speaking only French.
I started taking photographs when I was 12, about the time I wrote my first short story for an English class.
At 18, I was hired by legendary DJ "Big Daddy" Tom Donahue to work for his Autumn Rec ...more