This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead

This Is All a Dream We Dreamed

Reminder that amazon is taking pre-orders for This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, by Blair Jackson and David Gans. Publication date is November 10, 2015.

“Jerry, Kesey, Bobby, Billy, Bear — this amazing book speaks to me out loud, inside my head, in all the voices of the Grateful Dead! It’s an audio illumination of family, fans, and friends and the long, strange trip. It leaps straight out of the tree-flesh to dance in our dreams.” — Wavy Gravy

Despite its title, what makes this book different from all other books on the Grateful Dead is that it is anything but dreamlike. It is down-to-earth, plain-spoken, without special pleading or arguments for differing levels of awareness. You didn’t have to be there. On many pages, this could be the story of any band – the story as it emerges here carries no pretentions – and elsewhere it is the story of people doing their work. And it is so full of the intensity and repetitions of ordinary life that it throws the work that was done into a new light. – Greil Marcus

The Grateful Dead, when they were making music together, may have sometimes seemed “more than human,” but they were always to first to admit that they were less than perfect. Here they are, in all their cockeyed glory. Gans and Jackson have orchestrated a shrewd, essential account of the band members’ lives and times, a tale as polyphonic as the electronic Dixieland they unperfected through the years, to our (and their) enduring delight and awe. – Nick Paumgarten

2 Responses to “This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead”

  1. […] and it’s being published by Flatiron Books. You can see the cover and read three great blurbs here, and/or you can go direct to the Amazon pre-order […]

  2. Doug Stocks says:

    Promoting your forthcoming book by linking “direct to the amazon pre-order” as the only option is perhaps something you should reconsider. Independent booksellers also sell books online. While it may be easy to overlook the contributions that shopping local make to our communities, please take the time to this. Indiebound is the site to link to if you choose to support the local independent experience.

    Thanks David. Love your good work

    Doug Stocks

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