A Long Strange Trip

The Inside History of the Grateful Dead
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
Length: 29 hrs and 25 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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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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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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Too wordy

I got lost in the story, incorporating way too many adjectives, comparisons,, and lengthy analogies.

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A complete world in a book

The best memorial to one of the greatest musician and musical groups of our time. No holds barred. The bliss and the yucky underside delivered in flawless words and with the best narration that I have ever heard. It will be hard to re-enter planet earth after this listen!

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McNally nails the Dead!

In all my years of listening to the Dead and the few occasions I had to see them live, I never had a complete understanding of what made the band tick and never knew the great stories that preceded my 80s experience with the band. I have a much better understanding of what I've loved for the last 35+ years. I am so Grateful for having listened to nearly 30 hours of Grateful Dead stories and history. Well done all around. I give this production my highest marks. The only drawback is the fast as lightning finish. The last decade or so is read in just a few hours. But that will not effect how I rate this gem. Excellent!

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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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An auditory antidote to the Pandemic

The remarkable details and deeper narratives of Dennis McNally's true tome brought out a yet still deeper respect for the awesome supernatural gift of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia. McNally's uncanny ability to bring forth the earthen humanity of all the members and all the changing Scene and scenes juxtaposed with the collective unconscious heights they brought us (and continue to admirably work at) delivers a great treasure to this Deadhead since 15 years old in '84 as well as to any lover of the heart of American music.