"Searching for the Sound" not only describes the evolution of the legendary Grateful Dead, but also portrays the timeline of events that crafted a whole generation.
I've read lots of biographies and autobiographies---and I absolutely love it when the author is the narrator. Especially for this story--it needs to be told by the man who was there. You could feel the emotion in his voice. And the love. Great audiobook!
I listened to Billy K's "The Deal" before I listened to Searching for the Sound. The Deal was a lot longer and had a lot more detail (and lots of heartwarming stories) but it wasn't read by Billy, so that was a bit of a bummer. Either way, it was a nice to get two different perspectives from people who were actually a part of the band that I love so much! Both books are a must read!!!
His voice! And his Phil perspective. I read the unabridged book first and thought this abridged version was great because it was read by Phil himself. Phil sounds like less of a douche when you're listening to him tell the story. :)
Yes--listened to it on a car ride on the way to a show--it's short-just over 5 hours, so it's easy to listen to in one sitting.
Phil Lesh did a fantastic job. Speaking in poetry at times in the way he describes playing. The inspiring part is realizing that the grateful dead are very human, just had a profound love for the music. That helped carry a movement.
Excellent story, and with Philly-the-man narrating it's like having your favorite Uncle telling you an exciting story about one of your favorite subjects all the while sitting around a warm & lively campfire. Learning about Phil & the GDead / Phil growing up & his family / the SF scene in the 1960's / and his meeting of the minds with JGarcia & Pigpen; is just really interesting. And you can tell he is absolutely sincere in what he is talking about... there's a lotta love in these stories... I purchased this again (I bought it in 05' but the cd's I recorded it on are now mangled). Thanks to Amazon for making it an easy find (again).
Everything... even the occasional 3-4min of dull stuff (which is sporadic at its worst; meaning it doesnt happen often) is quickly followed by some small & exciting story or sub-plot (strangely, not unlike a dead concert...where you might get a so-so played tune, only to be followed by something magical, spontaneous, and thrilling). THANK YOU UNCLE PHIL!
His ambiance, his excitement at times, and who could get tired of his monotone voice...jk Phil... LOVE THIS AUDIO-BOOK!
I laughed out loud, hell yeah I did... and other times, I found myself remembering the big events of our country... although I wasnt alive yet when Kennedy was murdered, I found his anger (at that time) well placed, and as an activist of sorts myself; I could fully relate to his feelings of isolation & maybe even abandonment as I found myself feeling the exact same way when it came to GMO labeling, and a whole slew of other social-justice issues that Ive been apart of for the last 15yrs.
Hey Phil... any thoughts on a book about Phil n Friends?
Much more open than I anticipated.
Well read by Phil Lesh.
Explained a lot for me about the development of Dead's music.
If you are into Grateful Dead this is highly recommended!
I was very pleasantly surprised at Phil's articulation in retelling his experiences with the band. His sensitivity in describing Jerry's passing and the thrill he got from playing with the Dead was related in such a way that I could feel what is was like to have been there. It was also thrilling to hear about the personal sides of the band members when playing or just hanging out together. Hearing about Jerry's cat learning to fetch or swimming with his Newfoundland dogs was something I never heard before. I loved hearing about the bands evolution with each new keyboard player. All in all I loved this book and felt like Phil was talking to me alone.
Only recently fell into the dead also through random coincidences of my love for travel. It's been a wonderful trip.
Excellent, literate, entertaining
mm, maybe 'The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test' because it documents that cultural slice of history so well
I cannot say. They were all wonderful.
When Phil's father was dying, also when Jerry Garcia died (right before and after)