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Garcia: An American Life
Book by Blair Jackson
Biography - Paperback - 520 pages
Penguin USA  1999 8/01
If you only read one book about Garcia or the Dead, this would be a fine choice. Blair Jackson is uniquely qualified to tell this story. With over 350 Dead shows and 100 Garcia interviews under his belt, he's been effectively researching this book since 1970. Just as important, he's a mature and likeable writer, with a healthy balance of honesty and reverence for the subject. This book takes you on a fascinating journey from Jerry's rascally youth to his physical end, with insight to his music every step of the way.