Grateful Dead Time Capsule

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The American Book of The Dead Oliver Trager
Fireside/Simon & Schuster
Published 12/97
Encyclopedia - Paperback - 434 pages

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The research that went into this book is quite impressive, particularly the biographies of artists who influenced the Dead, which appear to be drawn from very diverse sources. The origins of traditional songs that the band played are well documented, along with the song writers, performers, and peripheral characters in the Dead's orbit.

Of course, the band members themselves get ample coverage, as well as the many side bands they performed with. Most Dead-related releases are reviewed, and song information also includes a list of recordings by various artists, and recommended listening for music traders.

It's easy to locate information quickly, thanks to the encyclopedic format and full index, making this an ideal coffee table book for short readings, as well as longer sessions. This book will probably not be surpassed as a general, but thorough, Grateful Dead reference.
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