This Is All A Dream We Dreamed

This Is All A Dream We Dreamed

An Oral History of the Grateful Dead

Book - 2016 | First Flatiron Books paperback edition.
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The Grateful Dead band still exerts a powerful influence over hundreds of thousands of fans around the world. Today, an entire generation of Deadheads who have never experienced a live Dead show are still drawn to the music and the complex and colorful subculture that has grown up around it. In This Is All a Dream We Dreamed, two of the most well-respected chroniclers of the Dead, Blair Jackson and David Gans, reveal the band's story through the words of its members and their creative collaborators, and a number of diverse fans, stitching together a multitude of voices into a seamless oral tapestry. Woven into this musical saga is an examination of the subculture that developed into its own economy, touching fans from all walks of life, from penniless hippies to celebrities, and at least one U.S. vice president. The book traces the band's evolution from its folk/bluegrass beginnings through the Jug Band craze, an early incarnation as Rolling Stones wannabes, feral psychedelic warriors, the Americana jam band that blazed through the '70s, to the shockingly popular but still iconoclastic, stadium-filling band of later years. The Dead broke every rule of the music business along the way, taking risks and venturing into new territory as they fused inspired ideas and techniques with intuition and fearlessness to create a sound--and a business model--unlike anything heard and seen before.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2016.
Edition: First Flatiron Books paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781250098160
Branch Call Number: 782.421660922 Grate-J
Characteristics: xxiii, 486 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Gans, David - Author


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Feb 01, 2017

An engrossing history of the greatest American band of the rock era, as told by those who remember it best. Even if they probably forgot a sizable chunk of what happened.

Apr 04, 2016

A real stroll down that lane.

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