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The Grateful Dead FAQ: All That's Left to Know about the Greatest Jam Band in History

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(FAQ). The Grateful Dead rose out of San Francisco's '60s underground rock scene with an unprecedented sound and image. Its members, steeped in rock, folk, classical, and blues; their instrumental prowess; and their refusal to bow to commercial conventions helped originate jam band music. Unapologetic in its advocacy of drug use as a means toward mind expansion, the Dead h ...more
Paperback, 357 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Backbeat Books
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Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's a great reference with some cool minutiae not found in other biographies, but if you've read a lot of the other Dead books out there, this might not be as engaging.
Court Hansen
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Occasionally dips into just being subjective fan lists, but it has some fun chapters and conveniently organized information about solo and side projects.
Luke Goldstein
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Out of the hundreds of thousands of bands that attempt to hit it big, only a small percentage even make it to the radio waves. Even fewer still get an album released and find enough promotional opportunities to get a tour under way. Then, the luckiest of the lucky gain the notoriety and fame they are searching for, but there still lies one label, one classification that takes more than talent, more than luck, more than anything you can actually plan for to achieve, legends. Of the musical acts w ...more
Jason Watts
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating read. This is like the "Dark Star" of books -- a wild, crazy quilt of idea after idea that challenges you as well as intrigues you. With small print and over 300 pages, this tome definitely gives you bang for the buck -- months after I bought it I'm discovering new things.

What I really like about it, though, is that it doesn't retell the same gossipy "band history" story we all know. So they did drugs -- we already know that, right?

Instead, chapters are devoted to everything from
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