No longer dismissed as relics of the hippie era, a new generation has lionized the Dead for creating a culture that paved the way for social networking, free music swapping, and the uncompromising anticorporate attitude of indie rock. Now, fifty years after the band first began changing rock 'n' roll both sonically and psychically, So Many Roads paints the most vivid portrait yet of the Grateful Dead, one of the most enduring institutions in American music and culture.
©2015 Original Material by David Browne (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
The writing is exceptional and the reader brings life to a interesting topic. I love the Dead and this is my first book on them.
An interesting apporach
Almost any rock biography
Clear without being dry.
A strange trip deconstructed.
A nice, comprehensive band bio that doesn't shy away from some of the darker stuff. Basing each chapter around a specific show/date adds just enough variety to keep it from being the "same old, same old" band bio. Good stuff for fans and newcomers alike.
I thought this history brought a little more insight into the inner workings of the band and associated staff.
I heard band member opinions I hadn't heard before and I've read dozens of books on the Dead . I was pleasantly surprised to glean a bit more from this book !
Much more of a fact filled documentary than say, Kreutzman's Deal, This will be of interest only to diehard Deadheads. It was like reading through everyone's combined appointment books, rather removed from the feeling of the experience. Still it filled in some gaps for me.
Very good book! Very Interesting with a different perspective and treatment of the story of the Grateful Dead - very poignant - fare thee well
Browne manages to present the material in a new and previously untold way, not easy to do after all the other books that have been released about the band. I couldn't put it down, surprising because I've read at least half a dozen books about the Dead already. I really loved it.
"A Good Starting Point"
Yes I would, if nothing else, just to get a sense of history of the band. It's made me want to go back and listen to the music again too.
Difficult to say really - it's a good beginner's guide to the story of the phenomenon that was the Grateful Dead
A langrous laid back and easy going style that seems to capture the essence of the story and the music
The story of Jerry Garcia's first health issue in 1986 and the subsequent revitalisation of the group
If you are a Dead Head, then there will be nothing new under the sun to you here. If however, you are discovering the band for the first time or returning to them after pushing them to the back of your music collection, this is a good companion to the music. Listen. Enjoy.
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