Grateful Dead Hour no 1087

Week of July 20, 2009

Part 1 27:38
Interview: Peter Conners
Grateful Dead 6/30/87 Kingswood Music Theater, Maple, Ontario

Part 2 28:02
Interview: Peter Conners
Grateful Dead 6/30/88 Silver Stadium, Rochester NY
Interview: Peter Conners
Grateful Dead, Built to Last

Peter Conners is the author of Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead. This interview is an edited version of our June 3 conversation on KPFA’s Dead to the World, which you can hear in its entirety here. That link will also take you to an online discussion with Peter that took place in The WELL’s inkwell.vue author forum.

Here’s what Grateful Dead historian Dennis McNally had to say about the book:

“The hardest part of being the Grateful Dead’s publicist was convincing the media that Dead Heads were diverse, thoughtful, and not infrequently accomplished. If I’d just had a copy of Peter Conners’ Growing Up Dead, I could have simply handed it out. The Dead Head subculture was rich and fascinating, and this book is a terrific documentation of it.”

I enjoyed Growing Up Dead, too. Well worth reading, for those who followed the Grateful Dead and for those who wondered why so many other did so.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Warner Home Video, presenting the 40th anniversary release of Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music – the director’s cut, on Special Edition DVD and Ultimate Collector’s Edition DVD and Blu-Ray. The Ultimate Collector’s Edition contains more than two extra hours of rare performance footage as never before seen. This footage features 5 artists who were at Woodstock but did not appear in any previous film version, including the Grateful Dead, Paul Butterfield, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Winter, and Mountain. Video clips and complete information at

Grateful Dead Productions, announcing the exclusive release, Road Trips vol 2 no 3: Wall of Sound, featuring highlights from two June 1974 performances using the band’s legendary and crystal-clear sound system. Listening party, lots more information, discussion area, and more at

The Church of Universal Love & Music, presenting its remaining summer festivals in southwestern Pennsylvania with Medeski, Martin & Wood with DJ Logic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Fred Westly, EOTO with Steve Molitz, CB-3 with Michael Kang, Boris Garcia, Cornmeal, and many more. Complete festival dates and details are available at

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