A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead by Dennis McNally

By Dennis McNally

The entire historical past of 1 of the main long-lived and mythical bands in rock background, written through its legit historian and publicist–a must-have chronicle for all useless Heads, and for college students of rock and the 1960s’ counterculture.

From 1965 to 1995, the thankful lifeless flourished as essentially the most cherished, strange, and finished 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 people scene, offering the soundtrack for the Dionysian revels of the counterculture. to these within the recognize, the useless used to be an ongoing travel de strength: a band whose consistent dedication to exploring new nation-states 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 two decades, takes readers again in the course of the Dead’s historical past in A lengthy unusual Trip. In a kaleidoscopic narrative, McNally not just chronicles their reviews in a fascinatingly exact model, yet veers off into part journeys at the band’s complex level setup, the magic of the thankful useless live performance adventure, or metaphysical musings excerpted from a talk between band individuals. He brings to vibrant existence the Dead’s early days in late-sixties San Francisco–an period of wonderful creativity and alter that reverberates to this present day. the following we see the crowd at its such a lot uncooked and robust, enjoying because the condominium band at Ken Kesey’s acid assessments, mingling with such mythical psychonauts as Neal Cassady and Owsley “Bear” Stanley, and acting the alchemical experiments, either reside and within the studio, that produced a few of their so much searing and evocative song. yet McNally contains the Dead’s saga throughout the seventies and into the more moderen years of continuing traveling and constant musical exploration, that have cemented a distinct bond among performers and viewers, and created the employer that's even more a relatives than a corporation.

Written with a similar zeal and spirit that the thankful useless delivered to its tune for greater than thirty years, the booklet takes readers on a private journey during the band’s internal circle, highlighting its frenetic and extremely human faces. A lengthy unusual Trip is not just a wide-ranging cultural background, it's a definitive musical biography.

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