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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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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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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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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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Too wordy

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

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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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A Great Read

Love the book, love the details and the stories behind the story. Very enjoyable. I ended up re-listening to certain chapters just to take it all in.