Garcia: An American Life

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Penguin, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 520 pages
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He was there when Dylan went electric, when a generation danced naked at Woodstock, and when Ken Kesey started experimenting with acid. Jerry Garcia was one of the most gifted musicians of all time, and he was a member of one of the most worshiped rock 'n' roll bands in history. Now, Blair Jackson, who covered the Grateful Dead for twenty-five years, gives us an unparalleled portrait of Garcia--the musical genius, the brilliant songwriter, and ultimately, the tortured soul plagued by his own addiction. With more than forty photographs, many of them previously unpublished, Garcia: An American Life is the ultimate tribute to the man who, Bob Dylan said, "had no equal."
 

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User Review  - Phil Thoden - Goodreads

As he once so beautifully sang, "You gave all you had. Why you wanna give more? The more that you give, the more it will take. To the thin line beyond which you really can't fake." A musician I am glad to have heard perform dozens of times. Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Another Times Forgotten Space
1
CHAPTER 2 Recall the Days That Still Are to Come
28
CHAPTER 3 There Were Days Between
49
CHAPTER 4 I Cant Come Down Ive Been Set Free
68
CHAPTER 5 Can YOU Pass the Acid Test?
86
CHAPTER 6 In the Book of Loves Own Dream
103
CHAPTER 7 Come Join the Party Every Day
116
CHAPTER 8 Poised for Flight Wings Spread Bright
131
CHAPTER 15 Some Rise Some Fall Some Climb
279
CHAPTER 16 The Desert Stars Are Bright Tonight
298
CHAPTER 17 This Darkness Got to Give
314
CHAPTER 18 If Mercys in Business I Wish It forYou
337
CHAPTER 19 Dawn Is Breaking Everywhere
357
CHAPTER 20 Show Me Something Built to Last
376
CHAPTER 21 So Many Roads to Ease My Soul
394
CHAPTER 22 A Broken Angel Sings from a Guitar
421

CHAPTER 9 Where Is the Child Who Played with the Sunshine?
153
CHAPTER 10 Listen to the River Sing Sweet Songs
175
CHAPTER 11 The Wheel Is Turning
201
CHAPTER 12 Wait Until That Deal Come Round
221
CHAPTER 13 Line Up a Long Shot Maybe Try It Two Times
235
CHAPTER 14 Beneath the Sweet Calm Face of the Sea
259
CHAPTER 23 Theres Nothing You Can Hold for Very Long
437
EPILOGUE Sleep in the Stars
463
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
480
BIBLIOGRAPHY
482
INDEX
490
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About the author (2000)

Blair Jacksonis a longtime journalist whose area of expertise includes Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. His quarterly magazine, The Golden Road, was for ten years the authoritative resource on the Grateful Dead. He is the author of Going Down the Road: A Grateful Dead Traveling Companion.

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