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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, their creative collaborators and peers, and a number of diverse fans, stitching together a multitude of voices into a seamless oral tapestry Capturing the ebullient spirit at the group s core, Jackson and Gans weave together a musical saga that examines the music and 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 This definitive book traces the Dead s evolution from its humble beginnings as a folk bluegrass band playing small venues in Palo Alto to the feral psychedelic warriors and stadium filling Americana jam band that blazed all the way through to the 90s Along the way, we hear from many who were touched by the Dead from David Crosby and Miles Davis, to Ken Kesey, Carolyn Mountain Girl Garcia, and a host of Merry Pranksters, to legendary concert promoter Bill Graham, and others Throughout their journey the Dead broke and sometimes rewrote just about every rule of the music business, defying conventional wisdom and charting their own often unusual course, in the process creating a business model unlike any seen before Musically, too, they were pioneers, fusing inspired ideas and techniques with intuition and fearlessness to craft an utterly unique and instantly recognizable sound Their music centered on collective improvisation, spiritual and social democracy, trust, generosity, and fun They believed that you can make something real, spontaneous, and compelling happen with other musicians if you trust and encourage each other, and jam as if your life depended on it And when it worked, there was nothing else like it.Whether you re part of the new generation of Deadheads who are just discovering their music or a devoted fan who has traded Dead tapes for decades, you will want to listen in on the irresistible conversations and anecdotes shared in these pages You ll hear stories you haven t heard before, possibly from voices that may be unfamiliar to you, and the tales that unfold will shed a whole new light on a long and inspiring musical odyssey....

Title : This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead
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ISBN : 1250058562
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Flatiron Books November 10, 2015
Number of Pages : 512 pages
File Size : 998 KB
Status : Available For Download
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This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead Reviews

  • Paul C. Chrostowski
    2019-02-26 14:07

    I have listened to the Dead since 1968 and read almost everything written about them. When this book was published, I considered not buying it since I was experiencing some 50th anniversary burn-out. Boy that would have been a mistake. What a great book it turned out to be. Eminently readable and with quite a few tidbits that I didn't know. I particularly liked the parts where the musicality and composition/improvisation processes were discussed rather than just the biographical details. I pulled out "In the dark" and listened again to follow up on some of the insights I got from the book although I rarely listen to the studio albums. The book has something for deadheads, dead scholars, and people who want to get a feel especially for the exciting 1960s. Highly recommended.

  • Steve Dossey
    2019-03-04 16:58

    An interesting approach: take all known interviews with the band members and place the most interesting of them chronologically in a history of the band, plus context by the authors and as well as recollections of those in the Dead scene.....It reads well and brings back a lot of memories. Really would have liked to have more on the reactions to Garcia's death. And most of the late 70's, 80's/90's interviews with the band members were interviews they gave to promote their new albums....and a little too much print given to the albums Terrapin Station and Go To Heaven....the antidotes at the end of the book held no interest to me...... nonetheless a good retrospective on the band and their times. Glad it did not sink into a "tell all" book that is so in fashion in today's biographies....

  • Stuart Jefferson
    2019-02-18 21:00

    First off, I'm biased when it comes to the Grateful Dead (GD) so my rating may be a bit high for some--to each his own. And (in case you're wondering) I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of the book several days before it's general release.

  • wecobugman1
    2019-02-24 18:11

    For Deadheads who can't get enough of books written about our favorite rock group, this is must reading. It is a linear record of the Dead's history compiled from writings and interviews from band members and those closely associated with them. All those who have read other books of the Dead's history may not find a lot of new info. However, it is worth the time to read. Sit back; put on the latest 'Dick's picks' CD and enjoy. Also re commend Phil Lesh's 'Searching For The Sound'. Available from Amazon.

  • David Waite
    2019-03-16 19:16

    An outstanding book giving me a keen insight to the world of the Grateful Dead. The narrative from the inside circle and band members is woven into an articulate story of the events as they unfolded, buy the folks that share the story from very recent memories (eg: talking about 1970 in 1970) to recollections about events with a future spin (eg talking about 1970 in 1976). Buy this book if you want to know and feel like you are in the story and not an outsider looking in.

  • gbaba
    2019-03-05 18:53

    All in all I found it to be a fantastic book. Very insightful and personable. I give it 4 stars because I'd already read a lot of the interviews in other publications, though "THIS IS ALL A DREAM...." put them together in a very nice and coherent manner. Truth be known, I'm mostly writing this review in an attempt to encourage Blair and David to do the same concerning the Acid Tests before everyone involved is dead. Could be a lot of fun gathering up interviews with those in on the 'Unspoken Thing', so I wish you the best of luck with that one. Personally, I feel the Acid Tests must have been the most amazing affair ( I was in junior high at the time). Young adults 'awakening' under the influence of LSD to God and beyond, partying their asses off. Damn! If I only had a time machine.

  • jeremy Kalbfell
    2019-02-27 14:08

    This is an all inclusive quote filled book about the dead by the Dead themselves. It flows very nicely with into paragraphs pointing out a significant event in their history and then many quotes about the event from band members fans and other workers for the Dead. Lovingly produced to the top quality you expect from anything Grateful Dead. I do not recommend this for beginners not completely knowledgeable about the band. This is for the veteran who knows all the ins and outs of the scene.