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The Dead book: A social history of the Grateful Dead

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Rock music history, for the cult group The Grateful Dead.
Paperback, 178 pages
Published January 1st 1973 by Links
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Well, that was pretty awful. I bought the book when it first came out, back when I was a young dead head. I never got through it back then, now I know why - it's an unstructured, time-leaping weave of musician / stoner / psycho babble that's not particularly coherent. The only possible way to work your way through this book is if you are a dead head, or a dead history buff and you want a glimpse into beat consciousness once or twice removed from the merry pranksters that includes very brief and...more
Mark Nenadov
This book is neat because it is a fairly early look at the Grateful Dead from a social history perspective. It is very intimate. However, the writing style is convoluted and hard to follow. Hard-core Grateful Dead fans will find a lot of interesting tidbits, but I'm afraid others will likely be turned off. If you aren't a hardcore fan or buff, look elsewhere!
Hank Harrison was one of the many friends who partied, and basically communed with the early Grateful Dead. This book gives many details about what went on in that strange time.
btw, Hank Harrison and his daughter Courtney(Love) are amongst the many hippies on the back cover of the album Aoxomoxoa.
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