On their 50th anniversary comes a groundbreaking rock-and-roll memoir by one of the founding members of the Grateful Dead.
The Grateful Dead are perhaps the most legendary American rock band of all time. For 30 years, beginning in the hippie scene of San Francisco in 1965, they were a musical institution, the original jam band that broke new ground in so many ways. From the music to their live-concert sound systems and fan recordings, they were forward-thinking champions of artistic control and outlaw artists who marched to the beat of their own drums.
Bill Kreutzmann, one of their founding members and drummer for every one of their over 2,300-odd concerts, has written an unflinching and wild account of playing in the greatest improvisational band of all time. Everything a rock music fan would expect is here, but what sets this apart is Bill's incredible life of adventure, which was at the heart of the Grateful Dead experience. This was a band that knew no limits, and Bill lived life to the fullest, pushing the boundaries of drugs, drums, and high times, through devastating tragedy and remarkable triumph.
But at this book's beating heart is the music - theirs and others. Some of the greatest musicians and concerts were a part of the Grateful Dead's career, from sharing the stage with Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, and the Who, to playing in the Acid Tests, the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock, and Altamont. Bill's life is a chronicle of American music and pop-culture history, and his epic personal journey is one of sonic discovery and thrilling experiences.
©2015 Bill Kreutzmann (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I thoroughly enjoyed this tale through the eyes of Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann. It spans the length of his career with the band and goes on into the 2000s for the last couple of chapters. I think it was fairly well written and it kept me entertained for its entirety. I would suggest reading this book to any deadhead or anyone wanting a look into the movement that they were part of.
Billy, of course!! I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the music meant the same thing to him as it does to me!
I was a little disappointed that Billy didn't do the narration but I thought Peter Berkrot did a fine job! He captured the important emotions toward the end of the book for sure.
My husband and I listened to it traveling to all the shows we went to this summer (Chicago and Phish shows after that). It was a long read but full of beautiful memories and tales from the road. It was never boring or boastful. Great to share the listen with someone so we could discuss what we were hearing!
This is a MUST READ for any deadhead. It offers a unique perspective that you won't find when you read Phil's "Search for the Sound". I definitely came away from it with a newfound love and appreciation for Billy K.
captures the agony and extasy of being famous feel their insecurity and fear why people want to know them. I have know pro athletes with the same problems.Do you want to know me or the alter me
Wild ride of a story. GD history from Billy's point of view. Thick on info up to the 70's. Slides around ahead and jumps back. Cocaine.
The voice reading is over the top ridiculous. My kids walked in while the book was playing and asked, "What's up with the guys voice. Is he from a gameshow?
This is the first of the Grateful Dead books that I've read, in spite of being a fan. Was really cool to hear about all the crazy times "on the bus" and the many adventures Billy has had with and without the Dead.
the stories this guy has are incredible although somewhat jumbled. have to really pay close attention to follow but otherwise enjoyable. narrator had an interesting voice although somewhat annoying after so long
The narrators voice was really annoying making Billy sound like a total hillbilly crack addict. Some chapters in the early years drag on a bit but overall pretty good story
What a great audible history! Sweet and shamelessly open without being gossipy or preachy. My fave of the Dead bios and a worthy read for anybody, especially those curious about those three decades from a certain perspective.
I always wondered how Billy played Red Rocks with a cast... Now I know!
Thank you Bill
This is a story that happens to include a lot of the history of a well known and influential band. The honesty and open nature of the author is not what one might expect from a famous "rock star" band musician.
Keeping it real and being honest and true to yourself, the music and loving your neighbor are the central themes. This story is worth the time....
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