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Searching for the Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead Paperback – 25 Apr 2006

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  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (25 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316154490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316154499
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No.1 bestseller Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Best Crime Novel, and has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. Each of the novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne has been a Sunday Times bestseller, and Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne. Mark lives in North London with his wife and two children.


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I believe that many readers of this book who are looking for the inside scoop on the Sex and Drugs and Rock'n'Roll of the Grateful Dead are going to be disappointed. All of those elements and more are addressed but there is none of the rabid sensationalism that has been a feature of some of the stories about this band.
To be fair, I approached this memoir with less than my normal objectivity, I have been a fan for too long to take a dispassionate look. In fact I opened up the cover with a heady mixture of excitement and trepidation. Excitement at reading Phil's own words as a consumate insider and trepidation that it may be one of those ghastly ghosted tomes which would not serve the memory of the band well. Having just completed the book I can honestly say that I found it very easy to read, there are sufficient errors in it which tends to suggest it was mainly of Phil's doing, and it leaves the reader with a much different sense of events than they may have gleaned from others of this ilk other than from Dennis McNally's authoritative account. I would continue to press Robert Hunter, the band's resident poet in a more familiar guise as a lyricist, to produce his own story but I live in the eternal hope that he will heed my call.
This book is a delight for many reasons. Firstly I appreciate that the author does not duck the issues of the sex and drugs but acknowledges instead what we all know and that is that they are an integral part of the popular music scene and very few people who work in that area are non-participants. There is a caveat to my support and that is that there is not enough information out there about why musicians and others who work in the field resort to chemicals to begin with. Secondly, Phil Lesh does not drown the reader in too much material.
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I really enjoyed this book, Phil has a nice relaxed, subtle style that's witty and enjoyable to read. He doesn't cover every single thing that happened in detail, that would require a few volumes, I know a lot of the Deads history so this didn't matter.

What he does give is a very personal recollection of the main events and an insight into the personalities involved and the interaction between them over the years.

Phil deals with the darker side of the Dead with candor and honesty and is very open with his feelings. There is some great technical insight into the innovation that the Dead and their sound crew used to develop sound techniques and hardware with their various PA systems over the years which have now become industry standards. Such as using white noise and frequency analysers to neutralise the acoustics in any venue they were playing. They did this all manually when developing the technique, since then computerised equipment has been developed which does all this automatically.

A good read and if you're a deadhead, essential reading. It's not always pretty but with the Dead you get the real deal, pretty or otherwise.

I liked it !!
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A very readable book that charts the evolution of a major and unique band. It is the first book that I have come across about the Grateful Dead that was written by a member of it and one who was an integral part of it during it's long life. Very much a 'warts and all' account of the good and not so good times experienced by the band. I was impressed by the quality of Phil's writing, showing great insight and making it clear that he is an articulate and erudite person. One might not have expected so much of someone who came through the drug excesses of the Hippy era. Even at the height of that period, he continued to be well read and knowledgeable on a range of subjects, musical, philosophical and political. The sort of book that you cannot put down. Even for those who know little or nothing about the band, this is still a fascinating read.
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