Just what was it about the Grateful Dead that made them rock and roll’s most beloved band? In Deadheads, those with the read story, who were there and are still listening the music explain it all.
Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow talks about his lifelong friendship with Dead guitarist Bob Weir. Cajun chef Rick Begneaud shares his memories of feeding the Dead, John Popper of Blues Traveler recalls playing with the Dead at Bill Graham’s memorial tribute, while publicist Dennis McNally shares some wild adventures of working with the band for more than thirty years. Author Linda Kelly recalls being dragged to her very first Dead show, hanging with Jerry in New York City, and more.
First-show revelations, backstage adventure, parking lot hoopla, how-to-live-life philosophies, strange tangential experiences stemming from being tin that certain place at that certain time — these intriguing anecdotes evoke wonderful images, lots of smiles, and a close look into a fascinating phenomenon in the history of music.
This twentieth-anniversary edition of Deadheads celebrates fifty years of music and includes the best stories from the original 1995 edition, two new chapters, as well as new interviews with various friends, artists, and following of the Grateful Dead.