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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: TIOLI Press & Bytes (28 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984985212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984985210
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was so lucky that my parents chose San Francisco when we arrived in the U.S. as French immigrants. How could they know that their sheltered younger daughter would grow up to rebel beyond their wildest fears, running off to join the circus of the Bay Area’s most notorious band? – Rosie McGee Her candid photographs of the Dead have appeared in books, documentaries and publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Rolling Stone magazine. Rosie McGee loves being back in the San Francisco Bay Area after a 20-year absence. She has a counterculture son living in Eugene, OR: he had no need to rebel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By janis on 13 Dec 2012
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Whilst this book is a must for Deadheads there is much here for anyone with more than a passing interest in the music scene of the West Coast in the middle to late 60's. There are some fabulous photographs of the Grateful Dead family but there are some great shots of the Jefferson Airplane and a lovely photograph of John Cipollina. As Rosie was part of the scene she has some great relaxed photos to share.
Yes it was an age of sex drugs and rock `n' roll but this is no kiss and tell account and all these issues are dealt with a maturity not often seen.
As Phil Leash's girlfriend Rosie is well placed to share with us an insiders account. It comes across just how small the scene was when it started with the Acid Tests. How it blossomed at the Gathering of the Tribes in early 1967, flourished at Monterey Pop but by Altamont in 1969 the dream had faded. Rosie was witness to all these events and more. This is an essential addition to the cannon and well recommended.
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By mihos on 14 Jan 2014
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A nice memoir. well written and evocative to anyone like myself,a dedicated "DeadHead",great days, fondly re-called by an
insider. Essential reading for anyone interested in that extraordinary phenomena, The Grateful Dead", Good photos too!
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A sensitive chronicle of the scene from a women's point of view 9 July 2012
By april - Published on Amazon.com
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Its a lovely memoir, with sensitive commentary and intimate photos. For those of us who lived through the 60's and loved the Grateful Dead and all they represented, it's a must read. It brought back many memories. It's also the first view of the scene from a women's point of view, she chronicles how a group of friends turned their passion into a business, for better or for worse. I remember the women in our group doing the laundry, cooking, shopping, and cleaning while the guys played guitar and played around, and how 'free love' was much more complicated in practice. Her photographs show evidence of her unique eye for moment and composition. There is also a fine introduction by Mountain Girl (Carolyn Adams Garcia).
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Wonderful first hand story 7 Aug 2012
By Lily Fields - Published on Amazon.com
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I regretted coming to the end of this. Dancing with the Dead is one of those rare books that make you feel like you've just spent a pleasant rainy afternoon swapping stories in the kitchen with a good friend. There are a great many books about the Grateful Dead these days. Few of them capture the spirit and essence of those early days as buoyantly, authentically, and joyously as Rosie's. It is unexpectedly easy to flounder in attempting to write about that era, simply describing an average day can sound lurid and drug crazed to those who were doing other things at the time. It is especially tricky to write about the Grateful Dead "family" - a seething, growing, ever-changing, drug-fueled, multi-celled organism of genius, drama and ego that defined itself as beyond description. Everyone has their own distinct idea of what the elephant looked like. In telling a story so dear to the heart of so many, it is difficult to decide what and how much to say. Rosie navigates these shark infested waters with Gallic deftness, telling a ripping great, wonderfully entertaining tale, while remaining compassionate, generous, and tactful, but always forthright and genuine. I read it with a huge smile and many stops for outright belly laughs. Highly recommended. Thanks so much Rosie, for sharing your story.
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Important Contribution to1960s Music History, is an Authentic Memoir & Picture Book. 8 July 2012
By Deb Wong - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a delightful read, from beginning to end. "Dancing With the Dead -- A Photographic Memoir" shares some never-before published photos of the Grateful Dead and other 1960s-musicians and performers, taken by the author herself. In addition is her story, which I can appreciate, as I was one of the many hippie kids who went through those years in S.F., in that Rosie's memories are as an insider, with a fully authentic glimpse of the lives of those involved in the 1960s San Francisco Music Scene. How lucky for us that it was she was also a photographer! The author leads you through those years with honesty and candor (without being too graphic or pedantic),with some measure of introspection. In the right place at the right time, Rosie and her camera captured the flavor of a part of the 1960s that we would never have known about, had she not so generously shared her story with us, in "Dancing with the Dead - A Photographic Memoir".
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A pitch-perfect, insightful, very entertaining romp of a read 14 July 2012
By Susan Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
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This a gem of a book--one of those rare narratives about an extraordinary era in American history written by a true insider who was there and lived it. I devoured it in a day and loved it. Well written, insightful and unpretentious, with a keen sense of storytelling, Rosie McGee dishes up a wonderfully entertaining--at times hilarious--batch of stories largely centered around her decade-long experience as a member of the Grateful Dead family (five of them living with the Dead's bassist Phil Lesh). What particularly intrigued me is here--perhaps for the first time-- is a personal account of the Dead family karass told from a woman's perspective. While there are no bombshell revelations, McGee conveys what it was like to be an independent adventurous fetching young woman in a world of dope, sex and rock and roll during the time of women's lib, the Pill and before AIDS and hard drugs. The book's excellent foreword by Carolyn Adams Garcia ("Mountain Girl") also takes note of this distinction. And then there's the author's perfect dedication: "To any woman who has ever loved a musician, a biker or a cowboy." The photos, most never before published, are a perfect match to the narrative. Highest recommendation. Enjoy.

Journalist, author and photographer John Grissim was a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone from 1968 to 1976, and is the author of "We Have Come for Your Daughters "(1972) about the Medicine Ball Caravan (described in Chapter 7).
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
that path is for, your steps alone 10 July 2012
By Paul Grushkin - Published on Amazon.com
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Rosie McGee is wise and accomplished, and her memoire about her early years with the Grateful Dead is rich with anecdotes and observations. In a word, it's observant. It's also like one big smile. It opens up a world that tens of thousands--millions even--were party to but could never be on stage with the band, as she was able to be. Her remarkable photos and well-written essays throughout in fact bring you onstage and into the swirl. It will be an endearing part of the Grateful Dead library forever. For anyone who's loved and danced to the Dead, this is simply a treasure. Thanks Rosie, for sharing!
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