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Dead to the Core: An Almanack of the Grateful Dead

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The Grateful Dead have left us a musical bounty of thirty years and thousands of shows.  Now Dead to the Core: An Almanack of the Grateful Dead takes Deadheads through the seasons and years of the Dead's dazzling array of music, with lavish treatment of those "bumper crop" eras from which their most succulent songs and shows and shows can be harvested.  It is part referenc ...more
Paperback, Delta, 324 pages
Published August 1997 by Dell Publishing (first published July 7th 1997)
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Bill Keithler
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an indispensable book for Deadheads--not a history or biography but a chronological exploration of the band's evolution over their 30 year history highlighting notable concerts, important songs with exceptional performances cited and explicated. Eminently readable, the book is designed like an almanack, divided into seasons charting the cyclical ebb and flow of the band, through their ups and downs, stellar performances and those which can be passed over. Through the book, one gains a he ...more
HeavyReader
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the Grateful Dead
I realized I am never going to read this book as it is meant to be enjoyed, which is with recordings of the shows it mentions. I think the reader should also be the listener. It would be so cool to read about one of the shows mentioned in the book, then to listen to the show, possibly referring to the book while listening, and maybe again after listening as well. I am probably never going to read this book that way.

I have decided to sell this book in hopes that it will get to a Grateful Dead fa
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Jon
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great reference resource from a Dead fan that isn't afraid to delve into all eras of the band. I checked this out from my local library, but I wish I could keep it around to reference as I check out new tapes. It's a fun read.
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