Garcia: An American Life

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Penguin, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 520 pages
22 Reviews
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 With more than 40 photographs, many of them previously unpublished, this is the ultimate tribute to the man who, as Bob Dylan said, "had no equal".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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User 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

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User 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

Contents

Chapter
1
Chapter
28
So Many Roads to Ease My Soul
394
Chapter 22 A Broken Angel Sings from a Guitar
421
Theres Nothing You Can Hold for Very Long
437
Sleep in the Stars
463
Acknowledgments
480
Bibliography
482
A Critical Discography
490
Index
512
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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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