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