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Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Monty S 03-02-16
    Monty S 03-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Decent but not great"

    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

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    Dakota 01-07-16
    Dakota 01-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Grate inside story of a truly amazing band"

    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.

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    catsunflower 08-25-15
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    "Awesome 1st hand account of the long strange trip!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy, of course!! I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the music meant the same thing to him as it does to me!


    Have you listened to any of Peter Berkrot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    jai 07-09-15
    jai 07-09-15
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    brought me to tears numerous times. so honest and beautiful. truly a story for everyone.

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    Frank Canino 06-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book Horrible narration"

    I hate to put anyone down but this narrator has no feel for this material. Listen to Bill speak in interviews- they are worlds apart. Mr Berkrot has a cloying, put on sound that seems to be totally uninformed of the soulfulness and artistry of his subject. It's so bad that it's laughable and sort of fun to listen to. Bill really dropped the ball on this project- he should have read it himself.

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    CLAUDIA R KENNEDY 06-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story,Bad narrator!"

    Although not a DEAD fan , still enjoyed the story ..... The narrator though was hideous!! Over the top , hard to listen to ! Took away from the book

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    John J. Elert 05-22-17
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    "Never the same after Jerry died"

    Interesting perspective on a band I saw live ~120 times. I disliked the voice & inflections of the reader. Bill the drummer confirm my thoughts about the politicization of the band after Jerry died, and why I no longer financially support their music.

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    John Davenport 12-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Well worth the listen!"

    I guess I'm in the minority but I enjoyed both the book and the narration. I thought the narrator really tried to express the mood of the writing. Maybe at times he sounded a little like a stoner but i suspect bill is a bit of a stoner. Regardless, I loved hearing all the stories. Well worth the buy!

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    David 09-18-16
    David 09-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "don't you let this deal go bye"

    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

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    Ed 08-13-16
    Ed 08-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The voice"

    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?

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