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by Dennis McNally

ISBN: 0767911857
ISBN13: 978-0767911856
Language: English
Publisher: Broadway; 1 edition (August 6, 2002)
Pages: 704
Category: Music
Subategory: Photography

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Rating: 4.7
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The first lines of A Long Strange Trip do not bode well. Shortly before every Grateful Dead concert, there is a luminous, suspended moment, Dennis McNally writes.

The first lines of A Long Strange Trip do not bode well. Touch of Great A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead (2002). Most people who love good music hate the Grateful Dead.

Dennis McNally’s riveting tale of the longest strangest trip will take you on a high-altitude training course and leave . This book is far more than merely a history of the Grateful Dead

Dennis McNally’s riveting tale of the longest strangest trip will take you on a high-altitude training course and leave you prepared for the next lightning bolt of social and spiritual revelation. This is McNally’s view of what went down. This book is far more than merely a history of the Grateful Dead. It is without question the best examination of the culture and times of the '60's, seen through the lens of one of the most influential and enduring of the bands of the time. McNally is, first and foremost, a historian, much more than he is merely a fan.

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McNally has been the Grateful Dead's official historian since 1980. This is a great thorough history of The Grateful Dead. I enjoyed reading the book and got more in depth information on many of the stories of the band written about in other books. Starting from the beginning the book goes through the years with the band. A long strange trip indeed. I have read many books about the Dead and Jerry Garcia, this was one of the good ones. Lots of details and insight into the grooviest band on the planet! Such a long long time to be gone and a short time to be there.

Dennis McNally, the band’s historian and publicist for more than twenty years, takes readers back through the Dead’s history in A Long Strange Trip

Dennis McNally, the band’s historian and publicist for more than twenty years, takes readers back through the Dead’s history in A Long Strange Trip. In a kaleidoscopic narrative, McNally not only chronicles their experiences in a fascinatingly detailed fashion, but veers off into side trips on the band’s intricate stage setup, the magic of the Grateful Dead concert experience, or metaphysical musings excerpted from a conversation among band members

A Long Strange Trip book. I enjoyed this history of the band and I learned a lot. One of the funniest stories McNally told is when the band members were in Washington .

A Long Strange Trip book. in 1993 and were taken on a tour of the White House by Dead Head Al Gore (who was dressed in a three-piece suit), Jerry Garcia wore sweatpants that day. I just thought that was hilarious. The book does have a lot of details though, so be ready for that. The Grateful Dead were very unique in their sound.

Dennis McNally's book is in a different league. As the story progresses, the focus shifts

Dennis McNally's book is in a different league. It comes seven years after the death of Jerry Garcia, the lead guitarist, vocalist and de facto leader of the Grateful Dead. As the story progresses, the focus shifts. It takes McNally 480 pages to record the heady first nine years, to the point, in 1974, when the band momentarily stepped back from the madness. The remainder covers the 21 years that saw the Dead grow to become America's biggest-grossing live act, selling-out huge stadia on thrice-yearly tours.

From 1965 to 1995, the Grateful Dead flourished as one of the most beloved, unusual, and . Dennis McNally, the band's historian and publicist for more than twenty years, takes readers back through the Dead's history in A Long Strange Trip.

From 1965 to 1995, the Grateful Dead flourished as one of the most beloved, unusual, and accomplished musical entities to ever grace American culture. 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 seventies and into the more recent years of constant touring and incessant musical exploration.

The complete history of one of the most long-lived and legendary bands in rock history, written by its official historian and publicist–a must-have chronicle for all Dead Heads, and for students of rock and the 1960s’ counterculture.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 artistic ferment of the early sixties’ roots and folk scene, providing the soundtrack for the Dionysian revels of the counterculture. To those in the know, the Dead was an ongoing tour de force: a band whose constant commitment to exploring new realms lay at the center of a thirty-year journey through an ever-shifting array of musical, cultural, and mental landscapes.Dennis McNally, the band’s historian and publicist for more than twenty years, takes readers back through the Dead’s history in A Long Strange Trip. In a kaleidoscopic narrative, McNally not only chronicles their experiences in a fascinatingly detailed fashion, but veers off into side trips on the band’s intricate stage setup, the magic of the Grateful Dead concert experience, or metaphysical musings excerpted from a conversation among band members. He brings to vivid life the Dead’s early days in late-sixties San Francisco–an era of astounding creativity and change that reverberates to this day. Here we see the group at its most raw and powerful, playing as the house band at Ken Kesey’s acid tests, mingling with such legendary psychonauts as Neal Cassady and Owsley “Bear” Stanley, and performing the alchemical experiments, both live and in the studio, that produced some of their most searing and evocative music. But McNally carries the Dead’s saga through the seventies and into the more recent years of constant touring and incessant musical exploration, which have cemented a unique bond between performers and audience, and created the business enterprise that is much more a family than a corporation.Written with the same zeal and spirit that the Grateful Dead brought to its music for more than thirty years, the book takes readers 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.
Comments:
Malogamand
Wow. It is long, but thorough and engrossing. I knew little about the Grateful Dead before reading this book and did not listen to their music. But after reading and listening to songs on YouTube as they were discussed in the book, I've become a fan. In fact I get the whole 60's cultural phenomena now, where I didn't before.

I just got done watching the mini-series on Amazon and if you liked it and want to know a lot more about what happened you will like this book.

Dont_Wory
This book is far more than merely a history of the Grateful Dead. It is without question the best examination of the culture and times of the '60's, seen through the lens of one of the most influential and enduring of the bands of the time. McNally is, first and foremost, a historian, much more than he is merely a fan. Clearly, having been publicist for the GD for more than 20 years and having had deep relationships with the band's members, he has a strong personal connection to the band and its music. However, as a historian all of that takes a second position to the contextual examination of the band in the 60's, and since. I've read two of McNally's other published works, including "Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, The Beat Generation and America" and his newest, "On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom". I note that he's a "New York Times Best-Selling" author, which seems quite appropriate as his works are fascinating, relevant and extremely readable.

I highly recommend "A Long Strange Trip" for those interested in the Grateful Dead, the '60's and, especially, those interested in how we transitioned from the complacency of the '50's to the energy and activism of the following decades, as they have so defined the world in which we now live.

Kanrad
Dennis McNally's "A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead" provides a valuable context for Dead Heads to better understand the phenomenon that provided much of the soundtrack for an entire generation of Americans. McNally is a superb writer, and his prose has a wonderful lyric flow. There is an almost Homeric quality to the volume: Alternating triumphs and defeats, with the uber-talented Jerry Garcia as the Ulysses of this epic work. At the end, it's clear that the Dead, whose music so pleased the public, came at huge personal prices not only for Garcia but the entire band and retinue. McNally, former publicist for Dead, pulled no punches, and is to be commended for his candor.
For fans of the Dead whose knowledge of the rock and roll band consists of fragments garnered from newspaper and magazine articles, "A Long Strange Trip" provides a valuable narrative whole.
And, finally, the book is a great read.

lolike
This is a great thorough history of The Grateful Dead. I enjoyed reading the book and got more in depth information on many of the stories of the band written about in other books. Starting from the beginning the book goes through the years with the band. A long strange trip indeed. I have read many books about the Dead and Jerry Garcia, this was one of the good ones. Lots of details and insight into the grooviest band on the planet! Such a long long time to be gone and a short time to be there.

Kerry
My time with the Dead goes back to 1970, but for some reason I never read a Grateful Dead biography. It's hard to imagine one any better than this. McNally's writing is engaging with exactly the right amount of bemused detachment, and touches on every aspect of a time and place that didn't exist for all that long and won't ever exist again. Essential reading for people of a certain age and background, even if you are not a Deadhead.

JoJosho
I enjoyed this book. I learned about the Dead, and the general environment that their characters, culture, and music developed in. The majority of the book chronicles the early years of the Dead, with less and less time being spent documenting the later years. At first, I was disappointed that not enough time was devoted to developing the 'characters'. Relatively few quotes are attributed directly to band members, and there is not much characterization of the band members in general. Towards the end of the book, more of this happens, and I realize why it was good that the majority of this book didn't concentrate on this. Its petty, and one-dimensional, and (most importantly) doesn't have a lot to do with 'The Grateful Dead' and their music.
I believe there are many more books which do more of the gossip thing, but this book is intentionally not about that. It carefully develops and follows the Dead, their music, and their cultural and musical upbringing. McNally does a great job of putting just the right amount of generic historical information within the story to give it some context and relevance.
The only thing I didn't understand, and wish he would have developed further are some internal conflicts within the band early on. He spends a good amount of time explaining that Jerry and Phil were pretty set on 'firing' pigpen and Weir. He never really explains why, except for a brief mention of Weir's general spaciness, and uninspired guitar playing. Pigpen was co-frontman in the early days, and for good reason. He was a great performer, and gave a side to the dead that was never replaced. McNally mentions they wanted a better keyboardist, but personally I loved Pig's minimalist approach, and organ sound. (Much better than Vince Welnick, who I believe ruined the sound of the Dead with his unchecked synthesizer 'percussion' banging away through all parts of every song)
Also, I was shocked when very little description was given to how Pig's death affected the band, aside from the fact that they held a huge party in his honor. Alternately, McNally describes Brent's death as a huge blow to the band and the individual bandmembers. If there was no great feeling of solidarity during the early days with Pig, why doesn't McNally say so? And if there was, why so little description of it? The abundance of recordings from these days shows that there had to be some serious commitment to the idea of The Grateful Dead, at least musically.
One more complaint I have is the lack of development of the 'management' side of the family. There were a number of sound people, management and organizing elements to the Grateful Dead family, which McNally spends a good amount of time describing. Their involvement in the development and events of the band is unquestionable; but McNally just keeps throwing their names around when we really have no image of who these characters are. Bill Graham is the exception to this, as at least his name is familiar to most Deadheads, and his character is well developed in the book. But, Rock Scully, and some others are often mentioned, but I never get a good image of what type of people they are, and why the Dead really had them around? What did they really do? I found myself mixing them up most of the time.
Otherwise, the pace of the book was perfect, especially for a relatively big book. I enjoyed every minute of it, and would recommend it to anyone who wants to know where this beautiful music and culture came from!

Malaunitly
A great read for all who have seen at least one Grateful Dead concert and had a blast. I've been to too many to remember but this book bought back many great memories. A great inside look at the many years on the road with the band.

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