Thursday, November 24, 2011

Book Review: "Dead Letters" Brings Fans Closer To The Grateful Dead

There are very few bands throughout history that have received enough fan mail to make a book out of it. There are even fewer bands that not only received large amounts of fan mail, but have enough artistically designed envelopes to make a book out of them. One of those few bands is the Grateful Dead. Voyageur Press along with the Quayside Publishing Group have gathered thousands of fan designed envelops and fan letters and have presented them in the brand new book entitled, “Dead Letters: The Very Best Grateful Dead Fan Mail.”

The Grateful Dead have been well-known for their “out of this world” artwork. Whether it’s on album covers or concert posters, the Grateful Dead are a very artistic band visually as well as musically. Now, presented in this 232-page, full-color, hardcover book are tons of wonderfully designed artwork presented to the band through their fan mail. The style of the artwork ranges from quick sketches to full-blown masterpieces.

The book is divided into 14 chapters to help categorized the style of the artwork, as well as well as a write-up about each individual period in the band’s history. Providing the background information is Paul Grushkin, one of America’s top rock & roll historians. Grushkin also authored “Grateful Dead: The Official Book of the Deadheads,” the most successful book about the Grateful Dead to date. Also included is a four page forward by for NBA star and die-hard Grateful Dead fan Bill Walton. While the book is a great read with tons of information and facts, it’s the depiction of the artwork that will keep you flipping through this book after reading it. Everything from the “Steal Your Face” logo to the dancing bears and turtles is shown through the eyes and talents of the fans.

Grateful Dead fans, both new and old, will appreciate the collection found within these pages. The book was published on October 15 and retails for $29.99. For more information on this release and other great books by Voyageur Press, please visit their website,

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