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Home Before Daylight: My Life on the Road with the Grateful Dead Hardcover – 18 Sep 2003

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Martin's Press Inc.; 1 edition (18 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031230353X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312303532
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Very sad book - nearly half of it detailing, yet again, the long, sad decline of Jerry. Loads of sex and drugs but very little indeed about music. If it keeps people off heroin then it's no bad thing, but a very depressing read. Compare with McNally's tomb, which has some interesting insights into the relationship of the band with the road crew. Frankly, I for one am tired of reading about Jerry and heroin; I would much rather read about the music (as much as that is possible).
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Darker Side of the Dead 3 Mar. 2016
By Raymond Koscinski - Published on Amazon.com
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The darker side of the Grateful Dead. As a devout Deadhead I always knew there were drug problems, but after reading Parish's account it kind of hurt and paints a sadder picture than the euphoria the fans were living. I think an important read for Deadheads as it brings you closer inside the family and you learn like all families there are hidden warts, but like a real family we still love each other even with those warts.
3.0 out of 5 stars If you go in with low expectations, you will enjoy this, and it is a very easy read. 26 May 2016
By NN - Published on Amazon.com
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Have read any book on the Grateful Dead I have been able to get my hands on. Blair Jackson has done some great work, Bill Kreutzman's book is excellent. Living With The Dead, by Rock Scully is entertaining but a little biased in my opinion. This book is lacking in content. For example, there is a chapter on Brent Midland. It starts off with a description of Brent and ends with his death in 15 or so pages. This book is about Steve, his fun after the shows, and small tidbits about Jerry Garcia with little insight to the other members of the band or crew. It did give much insight into the crew's involvement with the band which is to say very important. There are some good quick stories. If you go in with low expectations, you will enjoy this, and it is a very easy read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Answers a Lot of Questions 8 Mar. 2014
By Readergirl22 - Published on Amazon.com
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This memoir answers a lot of questions as to what happened to both Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. They hit their zenith in 1972, in their performances and creativity, and as a functional unit. After this time, it seems like a spiraling effect of death, debauchery, and drugs took a heavy toll. The thing about the Dead that always appealed was that it was such a good-natured experience in those early days. But success apparently was a tradeoff for almost everyone involved, like a Greek drama.

This was a difficult story to read. Perhaps the author feels differently now that his daughter is grown.The tales of how he and his friends treated young women are appalling. What comes through is a sense that the author doesn't feel in any way the lifestyle he participated in would be questionable by societal standards. This world was obviously a bubble, an entity unto itself, with its own rules, very much like a gang. I found the story very troubling. I read this on a recommendation. If you were/are a fan of the Dead, this memoir might destroy some of those good memories. Read at your own risk.
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Good Insights 23 Sept. 2014
By fkuriger - Published on Amazon.com
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This boook does give you good insights as to the life of a roadie and in particular what it was like to tour with the Grateful Dead. You probably will learn more about Steve's sex life than you would ever have interest in, but I guess that was a major part of his life on the road. Another sad portrayal of Jerry Garcia as a heroin junkie. It wasn't clear to me how the deep friendship really blossomed between Jerry and Steve. Was Steve really his best friend?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new, but an honest look from the inside 11 Sept. 2013
By G.R.K. - Published on Amazon.com
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What comes across to me in this book is that Steve is honest, sincere, & authentic. I love reading about Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, but I'm not sure anything new was said in this book. "Dark Star" gives you the same kind of story also. And we all know the story of Jerry's decline. It wasn't pretty. What's even less pretty is the life of a roadie close to a major rock band like the Dead. Sure there were drugs, but the tales of the sex is sometimes disturbing and Steve doesn't see the how treating women that way was sick and wrong.

His fondness for Jerry is touching but Steve tells it like it is...a junkie and a junkie's life. Steve couldn't save him, no one around him could. Now we live without him.
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