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 With more than 40 photographs, many of them previously unpublished, this is the ultimate tribute to the man who, as Bob Dylan said, "had no equal".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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Mr.Jackson's book Garcia: An American Life was truly a great, descriptive book that clearly gives a fun read about one amazing life to look through, like Jerry Garcia. Anybody who is interested in ... Read full review
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Garcia: An American Life by Blair Jackson (Penguin Books 2000)(780.92) is an intimate portrait of the legend by Blair Jackson, who wrote about Garcia for twenty-five years. My rating: 7/10, finished 2001. Read full review
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