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Grateful Dead : the illustrated trip
Jackson, Blair.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Pub., [2003]

Physical Description:
480 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
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Format :


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ML421.G72 J28 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
ML421.G72 J28 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
ML421.G72 J28 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Grateful Dead: The Illustrated Trip is the definitive illustrated biography of the Grateful Dead and a visual record of America's greatest rock experience -- now available in a paperback edition to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary.

This encyclopedic book tells the real story of the band from childhood to the present day, incorporating rare photography that captures pivotal moments, both large and small. Grateful Dead: The Illustrated Trip features seminal posters, memorabilia, and ephemera; personal essays that give revealing insights into life in the band and on the road; and all the facts -- biographies of the band members, all the albums and key songs, and every tour date ever played.

Grateful Dead: The Illustrated Trip is the definitive illustrated biography for die-hard Deadheads and new fans alike.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The Dead book is a group project put together by the likes of Dennis McNally, author of A Long Strange Trip BKL Ag 02, and Blairackson, editor of the fondly remembered GD fanzine The Golden Road. Augmenting their efforts are a rambling time line constructed by rock scribe Chuck Willis, many boxed features, lotsa colorful illustrations, and capsule descriptions of standout Dead shows as selected by "proto-taper" and Dead discographer Ihor Slabicky, whose criteria were "long extended jams" and "uniqueness" rather than historic considerations. Coverage runs from the earliest performances of the Warlocks (the band's earlier name) through the Grateful Dead years and on to the band's two post-Jerry Garcia incarnations, the Other Ones and the Dead. Comprehensive, terminally upbeat, and nostalgic as all get out. --Mike Tribby Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Deadheads will be feasting through the holiday season on this highly browsable and entertaining coffee-table history of their heroes, produced in collaboration with the band's own Grateful Dead Productions. A team effort among four Dead scholars-Jackson (Garcia: An American Life), Dead publicist Dennis McNally, Stephen Peters (What a Long Strange Trip), and Chuck Wills-and with an introduction by the band's leading lyricist, Robert Hunter, it chronicles the Dead's exploits in an eye-popping mix of text, pictures, and color. The book's core is a meandering time line, which starts with the birth of eldest Dead Phil Lesh in 1940 and runs through the recent summer 2003 tour by the reconstituted Dead, noting gigs and other noteworthy day-by-day events along the way. Floating around the time line are boxes with mini-articles on all band, solo, and side project album releases, key songs in the band's repertoire, significant career highlights, and biographies of dozens of friends and associates. Each of the seven chapters is prefaced with a lengthier essay on the time period covered, each also highlighting one of the original five members plus long-time percussionist Mickey Hart. This is all capped off by hundreds of photos and illustrations. Too scattered and stylized to be a first stop for serious research, this book is simply a treat for Deadheads and casual fans alike. Highly recommended for public library pop music collections.-Lloyd Jansen Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.