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Searching for the Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead Paperback – 25 Apr 2006
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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A really fantastic book about the dead. It'll reveal some nuggets even the biggest dead fans will find interesting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Usually Pleased