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From 1965 to 1995, the Grateful Dead flourished as one of the most beloved, unusual, and accomplished musical entities to ever grace American culture. The creative synchronicity among Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan exploded out of the early 60s roots and folk scene, providing the soundtrack for the Dionysian revels of the counterculture.

Dennis McNally, the band's historian and publicist for more than 20 years, takes listeners back through the Dead's history in A Long Strange Trip. McNally not only chronicles their experiences in a fascinatingly detailed fashion, but veers off into side trips on the band's intricate stage setup, or the magic of the Grateful Dead concert experience. McNally carries the Dead's saga through the 70s and into the more recent years of constant touring and incessant musical exploration. Written with the same zeal and spirit that the Grateful Dead brought to its music, the book takes listeners on a personal tour through the band's inner circle, highlighting its frenetic and very human faces. A Long Strange Trip is not only a wide-ranging cultural history, it is a definitive musical biography.

©2002 Dennis McNally (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Amazing story!

I'm not a Greatful Dead fan by any stretch of the imagination but this book is so fuckin good, I would put my put my phone in a plastic bag so I could listen to it in the shower. Absolutely phenomenal story. I wish I had the option to give it 20 stars, I would.

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Please get a good reader

I hate to trash anyone but Sean Runnette is not a music guy. Audible should do better with it's choice of readers and editors. To me, and GBY if you feel differently, Mr. Runnette cannot pronounce the "s" consonant correctly. It sounds like he has something in his mouth inhibiting his front teeth from coming together. OK it's very spiritually evolved of Audible to hire a reader who speaks with something just short of an impediment.

But -"clave" - the "cl-ay-v" ? Come on - it's "clah-vay"!! That's a bad one - really sounds ignorant. Lots of stumbling around phrases he doesn't know the meaning of. To a music fan it's clear that this reader has not engaged in conversations pertaining to some of the subjects he's reading about. There are SO many people around who know this stuff and can tell this story correctly. Also, Larry Magid's name is pronounced "Maa jid" not with the accent on the second syllable - anyone who's been around the music business knows that. He's still producing by the way.

Hire me!!

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beautiful

Since the end is never told we pay the teller off in gold. In hopes he will come back, but he cannot be bought or sold

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Great book, and an epic listen!

McNally did an excellent job telling the story of weaving the tale of our favorite band. If you've seen the recent film, this a great way to take a deep dive-like really deep. I've read a number of books and academic work on the band and the community around it(and written a number of university papers), and this helps to fill in a lot of the space between. While some have said this book skims the top of the later years, I think it did a nice job of covering it. I found that I learned the most about the later years from this book. The early years get a lot of ink here, and elsewhere, so I definitely found that interesting and learned a lot. Not that it really focuses on the latter years, but compared to other sources it divulged a lot of new-to-me information. At no point in the nearly 30 hours of the book did I wish it to hurry along, or want to stop. If you love the Dead, or just think it's interesting sociologically, this is a treasure for those who know.

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Definitely Long and Strange

I liked this book. I've read a lot of Grateful Dead biographies by various band and staff members. All have unique perspectives. And it's nice to see the different angles (and sometimes contradictions) through their writings. The reader, unfortunately, was not well matched to this book. His mispronunciations of names etc. is very jarring. For example, he pronounces Jorma with a hard J for the first few chapters before changing to a soft J later. Why not go back and fix it? I think he may have listened to a few songs to know how to deliver them in spoken cadence. But overall, it was a passionless read. The book would have been better served being read by either the author or a Dead Head. But still worth it if you enjoy Grateful Dead biographies.

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an incredible story, well told.

I had the chance to live through the history of the GD by listening to this audio book. The insights and highlights of the lives of the band are unparalleled and help create a immersive experience for the reader.

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Love the band . Story & author NARRATOR not so mu

Love the story when I read it way back when so a no brainer in regards to the audible..I have an incredibly dull job which requires little to no real work for my grey matter..lol ironically I work for said parent company of audibles...so easy for me to get immersed in a good story...actually crucial so I don't fallout from the tedium (I also work from 6pm -6am ..being up all night messing around on a phone or PC is much diff from what amounts to a 11 hour Cardio session aks my job..) I concur with the above reviewer in re to narrator .Have now forgotten his moniker...the narrator isn't very "engaging " very monotone and sadly can't enunciate very well.. truth be told I can be the exact same way when orating..but I am at my job but then again I am not a narrator.
Seriously luv this book & all others I have read in relation to GD and all the other people places things anything really that is in that ahhsome orbit the the community inhabits/travels/traverses but this narrator actually lulled me to sleep whilst on my feet. Although to be fair at 3am just the job I do accomplishes that which is why I need stimulation. Made it thru from 8pm to 3pm and switched to a diff audible. Positive side though I purchased the package deal with the kindle version so I won't have to seek out my dog eared stained up copy of the book when I get the urge to finish. I hope u can enjoy the narrator maybe in a different setting I could have enjoyed..but I srsly doubt but will leave the possibility open+ much luv + NFA!!

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Awesome and informative

I learned a lot and I consider myself pretty well-versed in GD stuff. I have a richer appreciation for it all and I am GRATEFUL for that.

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Wonderful telling of an extraordinary story.

A perfect balance of historical accounts and storytelling written in a way that any psychonaut can appreciate.

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Excellent narrator and book

The best narrator I have listened to. Engrossing book. It started slow for me but after about 5 hours it really takes off. I’m sad I’m finished with it

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  • Bruce Bringerud
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Great book

An extensive bok. Very informative. Hard to put down.
The narrator was good but I found his way of reading, intonation was a little odd. But I got used to it. It didn't distract from the story.