Why the Grateful Dead Matter by Michael BensonWhy the Grateful Dead Matter by Michael Benson

Why the Grateful Dead Matter

byMichael Benson

Paperback | February 9, 2016

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What a long, strange trip it’s been
MICHAEL BENSON has written about music, sports, crime, film, the military, and politics for a number of national publications. He is the author of many books, including The Devil at Genesee Junction and Murder in Connecticut. He lives in Brooklyn and is a lifelong follower of the Grateful Dead.
Title:Why the Grateful Dead MatterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:February 9, 2016Publisher:University Press Of New EnglandLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Light the Song
They’re an American Band
Of Jerry Garcia, Savior
Dead Shows Are Like Snowflakes
The Dead Are Epicurean
“Ripple” Is So Zen
They Invented a New Form of Music
Concert Sound at a Whole New Level
They Played the Pyramids
Their Instruments Were Custom-Made
Pigpen Sang the Blues
Bobby Brought the Muscle and the Sunshine
Rock Scully Was Their Manager
They Didn’t Buy into the Jinx
The Birth of the Dead Was a Familial Process
Of the Acid Tests
The Lyrics of Robert Hunter Are Great Poetry
The Band Has a Philosophy
Of Academics and Business
Of Mountain Girl
Deadheads Roam the Earth
Crickets Played on Blues for Allah
Dead World Is a Kinder, Gentler Place
Their Most Spontaneous Moment Became Their Finest Hour
They Overcame So Much and Forged On
There Is Sugaree
The Commitment to a Concise Aesthetic and Traditional Song Structures
When Youth Was God, Jerry Played Old
Of the Art
The Concert Films
Their Music Is So Flexible
Of the Forty-Five-Minute “Sugaree”
Of Englishtown, and the Myriad Glories of ’77
When Jerry Died the Vibe Lived On
The Music Never Stops
Further Reading

Editorial Reviews

What a long, strange trip it’s been

“With Why the Grateful Dead Matter Michael Benson has conjured an alternate nation—and a book for those who take their (electric) Kool-Aid by the pitcher.” - Fred Goodman, author of Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock ’n’ Roll