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Home Before Daylight: My Life on the Road with the Grateful Dead

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  243 ratings  ·  22 reviews
The untold story of life on the road with the Grateful Dead, written by an insider who lived it from the early days to today.

Steve Parish was never one to walk the straight-and-narrow, even during his childhood growing up in Flushing Meadow, Queens. Busted as a teenager for selling acid in the summer of 1968, Parish landed in Riker's Island. The experience changed him and
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2003)
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Rock Scully's book resonated more to me. Parish wrote with too much apologies. I just wanted him to tell the story.
This book is actually something I looked forward to a great deal although I did not encounter it until it was on library shelves. As the minder (in many ways) for Garcia's instruments for over 25 years, Parish relates the tale of how he came to work for the band, the many psychological tests and torments, and the joys which sometimes seemed fleeting, but left him with the knowledge that he kept his integrity about himself while working in a high-pressure and often tense atmosphere.
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David Ward
Home Before Daylight: My Life on the Road with the Grateful Dead by Steve Parish (St. Martin's Press 2003)(780). This perspective on the Grateful Dead was written by a long-time roadie for the band who also served as the manager for the Jerry Garcia Band. Steve Parish may have been Jerry Garcia's best friend. He served as the best man when Garcia got married. He was in the trenches from 1969 onward, and his information will become part of accepted Grateful Dead lore. I believe that this is the b ...more
Samantha Kernc
Brief: I really liked this rock'n'roll book. This was the story about Steve Parish,a stage technition working with the Grateful Dead and his life leading up to that point. Steve Parish made many mistakes in life, but in his own mind it was all worth it. He even lived on Rouca Rouca ranch, which was where all the Grateful Dead, their wifes, their groopies, fans, tech.'s, and followers lived in their idea of peace.

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Bryan Winchell
I struggle between a 3 and 4 star rating for this book (like iTunes, I really wish Goodreads would use a 10-star system as I often find 5 stars doesn't allow enough nuance). The first half that got through the mid 1970s is 4-star material because it was fun to read about how Parish got himself involved in the Dead scene. It was also refreshing to read how much he focused on how hard he, the crew and the band worked to become such a successful band and industry. It goes against the silly idea tha ...more
Steve Parish was a teenage New Yorker that was headed for trouble in the late 1960s. As fate would have it, he wound up as a roadie in the amazing circus of the Grateful Dead. To say that he has a few stories to tell would be a huge understatement. Ultimately, Parish became much more than hired backstage muscle. By the end, he was perhaps closer to Jerry Garcia than anyone else. The best parts of this book are the beginning and the end. His description of the communal, free loving lifestyle in N ...more
Not exactly the most well-written book, but I knew upon starting it that I wasn't being sold a Rembrandt. I was searching for yet another glimpse into the world of Jerry Garcia and company, and I surely found it through Steve Parish's goggles. It reassured me that his smile and energy are still beaming, all the while his 9-fingered grip on our aural senses remains pleasantly tight. That alone is worth the read. This book contributed a great deal of humanesque-bricks to the supernatural wall of J ...more
Being married to an ol' Deadhead from way back when who doesn't like to read, I had to read this for him - ha! Sure, I became a deadhead too - it rubbed off on me, especially after attending my first Dead concert, but I do love their music - still. This book is written by one of their roadies and from what Rolling Stone mag said "official loudmouth for the Dead's crew". Figured this book would be good. It is AND it has some great photos! This book gives you the behind stage goin-ons and you lear ...more
This book started out as a unique inside look at life on the road with the Grateful Dead, told from the perspective of the crew. I found it interesting and fun to read. But near the end of the book, it takes an incredibly sad turn, as Parish describes the helplessness of the Dead "family" as they watch Jerry Garcia slowly unravel into the depths of a heroin addiction that eventually kills him. Poignant and touching.
steve had some wonderful insights about what was going on behind the show of the dead...sadly, he did use it to bash a few folks, understandably, but again, this was a great way to peek behind the curtain if you can skim the having the last say parts..
I loved this book but would only recommend it to fans of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. It made me appreciate the band even more than I already did. I think I cried about three different times during the story. Wonderful stories.
Melanie Pappageorge
A must read if you are a Deadhead.
more about Jerry and the Garcia band as opposed to a biography about the Dead. Steve worked with Jerry for about 15-20 years and has some real touching stories and experiences.
My favorite book. Written with love and a whole lot of humor! The redhead in Oklahoma had me laughing for days!
Didn't like the ending though...Jerry still died. :(
Nora Tripp
My #1 favorite book! Written with a great amount of HUMOR and LOVE. I hated the ending though...Jerry still died. :(
A really good read about the pros and cons of the rock n roll lifestyle. I really enjoyed it.
Jason Landau
autobiographical history of Grateful Dead roadie Steve Parish. Glimpse into that world. Cool.
Raistlin (Rai)
A perfect way to finish out the Days Between. Thank you Steve for this insightful look.
A funny, easy read. Jerry's right-hand man spills the beans.
Parish is a wonderful story teller, down to earth and real.
C.c. Hoten
Amazing incite on one of the best bands and the magic they made.....
Really made me want to be a rock star. If only I played an instrument or sang...
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