Jerry on Jerry

The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews
Narrated by: Jerry Garcia
Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
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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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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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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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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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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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Jerry himself.

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

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So Cool

Super cool to hear Jerry in the flesh and blood. What a humble, gentle giant. Thank you for the archive.

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"Jerry on Jerry" says it all!!<br />

don't normally review anyting because of time constraints or just the fact that I'd rather someone find out on their own instead of being colored by other people's opinions on how good or bad anyting really is. Because as we all know everything is relative.

A big shout out to McNally for getting this out of the family archives and into the general public's hands in the manner that he did. This book as the author says consists of mainly wraps between Jerry and some friends, family, and a few interviewers. But mostly very informal conversations that were highly enlightening about what or who Jherry Garcia might have been like as a person....outside of my personal worship of a hero.

It's also the reminder how sad it is that he's gone, but at the same time there did seem to be joy in Jerry's life outside of all the reported negativity surrounding his darker moments with H. Also some opinions rendered about his thoughts on some serious topics including some individuals within the greater GD family...not just the typical PS that you read from other media sources Never judgemental.

It seems that most of the raps that you hear are coming from a perspective of sobriety, but not all. but who really cares about that since it was obviously a part of Jerry's life and it's integration into Jerry Garcia ultimately as a musician and as a person.

I could go on but my recommendation for what it is worth would be to get your hands on this ASAP. I think there might be some accompanying artwork from Jerry and some other items included, bj I have not taken a look at yet. For those looking to hear from Jerry's mouth what motivated or moved this man... not to mention his heroes and why they have had such a big impact on his life... this book should be a no-brainer. No issues on the reader is bc mostly it is Jerry speaking with groups of friends and or family. No other GD musicians dialecting either except Bobby in the prelude. And it ends as quickly as it starts!!

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A Mixed Bag

audio quality varies drastically from interview to interview but the subject matter remains consistently interesting. arranged thematically by chapter rather than chronologically but overall worth it if you are Jerry fan.

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LOVED IT!! JERRY TELLS AMAZING DETAIL IN HIS WORDS

SO MESMERIZING.. This book consists of interviews-BUT- is mainly Garcia telling ALL about his childhood interests, family, & reveals GREAT unknown facts about his own life IN HIS OWN* WORDS. ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!! 5star

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Good To Hear Jerry's Voice!

Although I'm a bit younger than the average Deadhead, I've been devoted since the late 1970's. I read Dennis McNally's book, A Long Strange Trip (*****), and learned a lot about both The Dead and the curtural history of the 1960's. I initially purchased Jerry on Jerry in hardcover but went on to purchase the Audible version after discovering that Jerry was listed as a "narrator". The actual recordings of the previously unpublished interviews are used in the Audible recording and Dennis McNally does a great job of guiding the listener/reader through the content. If you're a Deadhead, you'll enjoy this book in either format.
I took Refuge (Buddhist/Tibetan culture) many years ago and know that receiving teachings by "direct transmission" (from the voice of a living teacher) is the best way to learn. It may seem strange to the uninitiated but very often our "teachers" are those we see in daily life. As a result, I count Jerry among the best of my teachers (in this life time) and wonder: Has anyone looked for his Reincarnation?