Grateful Dead's Workingman's Dead by Buzz PooleGrateful Dead's Workingman's Dead by Buzz Poole

Grateful Dead's Workingman's Dead

byBuzz Poole

Paperback | April 21, 2016

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Released in 1970, Workingman's Dead was the breakthrough album for the Grateful Dead, a cold-water-shock departure from the Acid Test madness of the late '60s. It was the band's most commercially and critically successful release to date. More importantly, these songs established the blueprint for how the Dead would maintain and build upon a community held together by the core motivation of rejecting the status quo - the "straight life" - in order to live and work on their own terms. As a unified whole, the album's eight songs serve as points of entry into a fully-rendered portrait of the Grateful Dead within the context of late twentieth-century American history. These songs speak to the attendant cultural and political anxieties that resulted from the idealism of the '60s giving way to the uncomfortable realities of the '70s, and the band's evolving perspective on these changes. Based on research, interviews, and personal experience, this book probes the paradox at the heart of the band's appeal: the Grateful Dead were about much more than music, though they were really just about the music.
Buzz Poole has written about music, design, and culture for numerous outlets, including The Village Voice, The Believer, Print, and San Francisco Chronicle.
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Title:Grateful Dead's Workingman's DeadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.5 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:April 21, 2016Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1628929243

ISBN - 13:9781628929249

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: Background, Historical and Personal Chapter 2: "Uncle John's Band" Chapter 3: "High Time" Chapter 4: "Dire Wolf" Chapter 5: "New Speedway Boogie" Chapter 6: "Cumberland Blues" Chapter 7: "Black Peter" Chapter 8: "Easy Wind" Chapter 9: "Casey Jones" Notes

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In 1969 the Grateful Dead executed an extraordinary pivot. While playing brilliant, deeply improvisational psychedelic music, they simultaneously began to create a series of traditionally-styled new American folk songs that would be collected in Workingman's Dead. It is perhaps the key moment in their storied history, and Buzz Poole explores this evolution with insight and a profound understanding of how these songs fit into American cultural history.