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Grateful Dead FAQ: All That's Left to Know about the Greatest Jam Band in History (Faq Series) [Paperback]

Paul Grushkin


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15 July 2011 Faq Series
The Grateful Dead symbolised the psychedelic '60s, with their links to Ken Kesey, the Merry Pranksters, and the LSD-drenched acid tests. The Dead got their reputation as the greatest live jam-band in history by headlining hundreds of free-form dance concerts in San Francisco at Bill Graham's Fillmore Auditoriums and the Family Dog's Avalon Ballroom. In the 1970s, the Dead became the favourites of millions of college-age students, and toured constantly to keep build that audience-which before long took on its own name, the Dead Heads. Over the next 20 years, the Dead solidified their position as one of rock's most consistent top money-makers, creating instantly sold-out attendance records at notable venues like New York's Madison Square Garden and Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre - and Dead Heads travelled by the thousands in caravans to dozens and dozens more arenas, stadiums, and amphitheaters in every corner of America - as well as in Great Britain and Europe. The Grateful Dead continue to captivate fans around the world through the phenomenal artist-fan connectivity that has set them apart from the droves of bands that have come and gone over the years. In a fast-moving topical format, Grateful Dead expert Paul Grushkin covers everything there is to know about this legendary band from famous tours to obscure releases.

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Paul Grushkin is a leading music historian and the author of several best-selling books, including Grateful Dead Book of the Dead Heads (HarperCollins), The Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk (Abbeville Press), and Art of Modern Rock: The Poster Explosion (Chronicle Books). In addition to his role as author, Grushkin has had a career in music merchandising as an executive for over 25 years. He is currently a contractor for Live Nation Merchandise, a company that develops merchandising plans for major artists worldwide, including Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Garth Brooks, the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, and others.

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