Garcia: An American Life
This is an unparalleled portrait of Jerry Garcia – the musical genius, the brilliant songwriter, and ultimately, the tortured soul plagued by his own addiction. He was there when Dylan went electric, when a generation danced naked at Woodstock, and when Ken Kesey started experimenting with acid. He was one of the most gifted musicians of all times, and he was a member of one of the most worshipped rock 'n' roll bands in history. Now, veteran rock journalist Blair Jackson has stitched together Garcia's story from more than a hundred of his own interviews with Garcia and his friends, lovers, and bandmates, and from thousands of pages of source material from the '50s through the '90s. With more than 40 photographs, many of them previously unpublished, this is the ultimate tribute to the man who, as Bob Dylan said, "had no equal".
'A heartfelt biography... What remains constant throughout the book... is Jackson's ability to elucidate Garcia and the Dead's already overanalyzed musical style with an extraordinary freshness.'
The Boston Globe
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Review: Garcia: An American LifeUser Review - Steve Rueffer - Goodreads
Like many of the other reviewers, it took me years to finish this book. Some interesting info and insights, but quite a dry read for a guy who lead a pretty interesting life. It does tell the full story, but I'm sure it could have been done with better flair. Read full review
Review: Garcia: An American LifeUser Review - Michael Lello - Goodreads
Amazing biography, from Garcia's upbringing in San Francisco to his rise to fame and eventual demise. A candid and well-rounded look at the man, including his drug addiction and failure as a husband ... Read full review
CHAPTER 1 Another Times Forgotten Space
CHAPTER 2 Recall the Days That Still Are to Come
CHAPTER 3 There Were Days Between
CHAPTER 4 I Cant Come Down Ive Been Set Free
CHAPTER 5 Can YOU Pass the Acid Test?
CHAPTER 6 In the Book of Loves Own Dream
CHAPTER 7 Come Join the Party Every Day
CHAPTER 8 Poised for Flight Wings Spread Bright
CHAPTER 15 Some Rise Some Fall Some Climb
CHAPTER 16 The Desert Stars Are Bright Tonight
CHAPTER 17 This Darkness Got to Give
CHAPTER 18 If Mercys in Business I Wish It forYou
CHAPTER 19 Dawn Is Breaking Everywhere
CHAPTER 20 Show Me Something Built to Last
CHAPTER 21 So Many Roads to Ease My Soul
CHAPTER 22 A Broken Angel Sings from a Guitar
CHAPTER 9 Where Is the Child Who Played with the Sunshine?
CHAPTER 10 Listen to the River Sing Sweet Songs
CHAPTER 11 The Wheel Is Turning
CHAPTER 12 Wait Until That Deal Come Round
CHAPTER 13 Line Up a Long Shot Maybe Try It Two Times
CHAPTER 14 Beneath the Sweet Calm Face of the Sea