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Goodreads asked Peter Richardson:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Peter Richardson I served on an advisory panel at the Oakland Museum, and when we convened, I sat next to David Gans. David hosts KPFA's "Dead to the World" and has been writing about the Grateful Dead since the 1970s. I realized I should include something about the Dead in my class at San Francisco State University, and I asked David for reading recommendations. That led to a five-year reading and writing project.

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