New PDF release: A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead

By Dennis McNally

ISBN-10: 0767911865

ISBN-13: 9780767911863

The total historical past of 1 of the main long-lived and mythical bands in rock historical past, written through its reputable historian and publicist–a must-have chronicle for all lifeless Heads, and for college kids of rock and the 1960s’ counterculture.

From 1965 to 1995, the thankful lifeless flourished as probably the most cherished, strange, and comprehensive musical entities to ever grace American tradition. The inventive synchronicity between Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, invoice Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, and Ron “Pigpen” McKernan exploded out of the inventive ferment of the early sixties’ roots and folks scene, delivering the soundtrack for the Dionysian revels of the counterculture. to these within the recognize, the lifeless was once an ongoing journey de strength: a band whose consistent dedication to exploring new geographical regions lay on the middle of a thirty-year trip via an ever-shifting array of musical, cultural, and psychological landscapes.

Dennis McNally, the band’s historian and publicist for greater than 20 years, takes readers again in the course of the Dead’s background in A lengthy unusual Trip. In a kaleidoscopic narrative, McNally not just chronicles their stories in a fascinatingly specified type, yet veers off into facet journeys at the band’s complex degree setup, the magic of the thankful useless live performance adventure, or metaphysical musings excerpted from a talk between band individuals. He brings to shiny lifestyles the Dead’s early days in late-sixties San Francisco–an period of astonishing creativity and alter that reverberates to this present day. right here we see the gang at its so much uncooked and strong, taking part in because the residence band at Ken Kesey’s acid exams, mingling with such mythical psychonauts as Neal Cassady and Owsley “Bear” Stanley, and appearing the alchemical experiments, either dwell and within the studio, that produced a few of their such a lot searing and evocative tune. yet McNally incorporates the Dead’s saga in the course of the seventies and into the newer years of continuous traveling and constant musical exploration, that have cemented a different bond among performers and viewers, and created the employer that's even more a kinfolk than a corporation.

Written with an analogous zeal and spirit that the thankful useless dropped at its song for greater than thirty years, the e-book takes readers on a private journey throughout the band’s internal circle, highlighting its frenetic and extremely human faces. A lengthy unusual Trip isn't just a wide-ranging cultural heritage, it's a definitive musical biography.

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