Friday, June 26, 2015

Book Review: Stories From Fellow "Deadheads" Bring The Grateful Dead Back To Life

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic rock band, The Grateful Dead. Their shows were epic events and became gatherings for fans to open up and feel free about expressing their musical nature. All that came to sudden hault in 1995 with the death of frontman Jerry Garcia. Since then, the other bandmates have come together only a handful of times to celebrate their musical legacy.

Beginning this weekend in Santa Clara, CA and next weekend in Chicago, IL, the remaining members of the Grateful Dead will be performing once last time together before saying "Fare Thee Well" for the last time. So with only stories to remind us of the amazing times this band has had throughout their 50 years together, the timing is perfect for the release of "Deadheads: Stories from Fellow Artists, Friends & Followers of the Grateful Dead." It was published on June 2nd through Skyhorse Publishing and authored by Linda Kelly (Spin, Lucasfilm), who does an outstanding job collecting these tales and turning them into memory gold.

Beginning with the stories of discovering The Grateful Dead's music from many different walks of life, including fellow musicians John Popper (Blues Traveler) and Jerry Miller (Moby Grape). Many of the stories are exactly as they were told and are a positive experience to the individual telling them. Former Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten explained how the drugs were a positive thing for The Dead's music and how their fans became a community for one another. Author Kathleen Cremonesi recalled how hard it was sometimes to travel between shows, being very dependent on the generosity of others. Many of the tales within this book are first-hand accounts of their life with The Grateful Dead, especially Linda Kelly who became very close with Jerry Garcia and helped him feel "normal" again, if only for a few moments.

The 256-page, softcover book is also sprinkled with black and white photos from people's personal collections, which gives the stories a more realistic feel as if you were talking them only moments after an actual Grateful Dead show. "Deadheads" is a perfect walk down memory lane with fans and for fans of The Grateful Dead, who have all had their own personal experiences to share with all. To find out more about "Deadheads: Stories from Fellow Artists, Friends & Followers of the Grateful Dead," please visit

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