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Publisher's Summary

These never-before-published interviews with Jerry Garcia reveal his thoughts on religion, politics, his personal life, and his creative process. Jerry on Jerry provides new insight into the beloved frontman of the Grateful Dead in time for the 50th anniversary of the band.

Released by the Jerry Garcia Family estate and made available to the public for the first time, these are some of the most candid, intimate interviews with Jerry Garcia ever published. Here Garcia speaks openly about everything from growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area and his first encounters with early R&B to his thoughts on songwriting, LSD, the Beats and Neal Cassady, government, movies, and more. Jerry on Jerry presents uniquely poignant, unguarded, and astute moments, showing a side of Jerry that even his biggest fans have not known.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Dennis McNally (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Excellent.

This is an absolute must listen for anyone who is interested in Jerry Garcia or the history of the Dead. I am not sure whether the book is available in print but I highly recommend you listen to these interviews.

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JG dominates the rap, jack, with much new to give

What made the experience of listening to Jerry on Jerry the most enjoyable?

The nuance. When interviewers ask question from a fan's point of view, you get stock answers. McNally does a great job of digging into the next level of detail of what makes Jerry tick.

I also enjoyed the laid back nature of the conversations. Jerry didn't talk as if the bright spotlight was shining on him. He was rapping with a friend and telling stories.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting is that you get a sense for how Jerry thinks and not just what he thinks. Context matters in Jerry's world and it's very clear that the correlations between his influences and his art are strong.

Least interesting is the level of dissection on the topic of movies. It went a bit too deep at some points, leaving me (as a 41 year old) lost in a sea of old time character references.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

This was probably the one spot that I really wanted improved. I really wanted to listen to this all at once - and I had the opportunity - but I felt like it slogged along at times, giving me an opportunity to switch my attention to something else more easily.

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

I did want to listen in one sitting, but did not do so. The cognitive load on this was a bit higher than I thought it might be. Garcia is a fascinating person and his music lights up the best parts of my brain, but you have to really focus on what he saying.

Any additional comments?

I love reading McNally. And Trixie is, by all accounts, and incredible woman. I gave an extra star for this book because it didn't yet exist but now it does. We get to hear Jerry's words on random topics. We get a deeper peek into him as a person. Thank you to Dennis and Trixie for making this happen.

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  • Steven
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It's Just Jerry Being Jerry

This Audiobook was an absolute no brainer to me. I am a huge Grateful Dead fan and have always found that Jerry Garcia was so much more than just a musician. The only downside to this is that the audiobook is only 5+ hours, in some cases I find it annoying to spend a credit on short books. This is such amazing material that the 5 hours flies by and it is just a fleeting feeling knowing it's going to end.
I especially love listening to Garcia just go off into different subjects, he is so relatable and is maybe the most down to Earth celebrity who actually talks to people not down to people. He doesn't act above any topic. I started listening to the Grateful Dead 10 years after Jerry Garcia died and I still feel a connection to him and understand what the man was about.
10/10 I would love if they release more of these interviews or any type of Grateful Dead Audio books. Thank you to his family for letting his fans be included to this Grate book.

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Jerry himself.

Recorded dialogues of Jerry himself, what else do you need to know?! Loved it.

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Great to hear Jerry tell some old stories.

You'll love it...buy it now, you won't regret it.....love is real and not fade away

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Constant allure, gripping stories of exploration!!

Jerry Jerry Jerry, NOT FADE AWAY!! This is a must read for anyone who wants to travel through another time and place!

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Interesting material that needs audio work

nice interviews but the sound is very uneven. It on sonic editing... Still worth a listen.

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