It's Music Monday, what better time to talk about the 50th anniversary of one of America's most iconic bands: The Grateful Dead. Now, I've never been what one might call a "Dead Head", but I do enjoy some of their music and I absolutely appreciate the impact that they've head on the music industry and American culture.
I was recently sent a book for review that is about the Grateful Dead but it is not your typical bio book. Dead Heads Stories From Fellow Artists, Friends and Followers of The Grateful Dead is from author Linda Kelly. As the title suggests this book tells about The Grateful Dead from the viewpoint of people that were there.
As I said, I'm not a Dead Head myself, and I never had the chance to see The Dead perform, though after reading this book I really wish I had! This book has such personal stories of people that were inspired and moved by The Grateful Dead, and funny stories of the first time. It is a glimpse into the 60s from the people that lived it and it is really quite interesting!
I really wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but what I got was a collection of really enjoyable accounts of moments in the bands history including everything from experiences with too much acid to people that were dragged to a concert only to find that this music was pretty groovy. There's even some stories from other stars such as Blues Traveler's John Popper and some back stage goings on.
The point is you don't have to be a Dead Head to enjoy this book. But, I warn you...you may want to become one after reading.
Disclosure: I received this book for free. I was not compensated for this post. This site uses affiliate links and paid ads but all opinions are honest and are my own.