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A box of rain
Hunter, Robert, 1941 June 23-
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Viking, 1990.
Physical Description:
342 pages ; 27 cm
General Note:
Lyrics of songs performed by the Grateful Dead and others.
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ML54.6.H85 B7 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
ML54.6.H85 B7 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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Library Journal Review

Premier lyricist for the Grateful Dead, Hunter has also had his material recorded by the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Jefferson Starship, Bob Dylan, and Grateful Dead guru Jerry Garcia in his solo work. In this hefty volume, he presents the faithful with all his lyrical work to date. Save for a short preface, the contents page, the discography at the end, and an occasional sentence or two regarding the background of certain pieces, the book is totally composed of his prodigious output in alphabetical order. Varied in mood and content, it is a decent poetic tour of the ``hippie years'' that the artists mentioned above defined so well--pro vided one already has a feel for that era. Comprehensive music collections will want, but more general collections can consider this a marginal purchase.-- David M. Turkalo, Social Law Lib., Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

It is hard to read many of Robert Hunter's lyrics without hearing the songs as they were recorded by such performers as Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, the New Riders of the Purple Sage and, of course, the Grateful Dead. Hunter, himself, makes modest claims for this collection: "Songs lyrics are often embarrassed by print and some of mine are no exception." Nevertheless, the original lyrics are interesting, especially when accompanied by personal notes, explanations of allusions, and details concerning changes in the lyrics that occurred during the recording process. The songs are arranged alphabetically "for easy access and to allow each song to exist in its own right, apart from album or temporal contexts." Suites are listed separately. A chronologically arranged discography is included. Titles listed in the table of contents are keyed to indicate performers of each song. Deadheads will find this book an essential purchase; libraries with strong rock music collections may also want to add it. -W. M. Gargan, Brooklyn College, CUNY