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Searching for the Sound

My Life with the Grateful Dead

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Description

In this ruthlessly honest bestseller, the bass player for the greatest improvisational band in American history tells the full, true story of his life, Jerry Garcia, and the Grateful Dead.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 28, 2005 – Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh has written the memoir one might have expected: energetic and flawed, but sure to be loved by fans. Lesh joined the band's original members Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzman and "Pigpen" Ron McKernan in 1965 and helped morph the legendary outfit from its beginnings as a jug band to the unique, psychedelic improvisational jam band that spawned arguably the most loyal, iconic audience in popular music history: the Deadheads. What a long, strange trip it was. For 30-plus years, from being the house band for Ken Kesey's acid tests to stadium tours in the 1980s and '90s, the band pioneered a new paradigm for musicians, operating as an extended, albeit dysfunctional, family. Along the way, three keyboardists died, two managers robbed the band, bad deals were signed, massive debt was accrued and drug and alcohol problems flared. In 1995, the trip finally ended (or did it?), when Garcia died. Lesh infuses his prose with his wacky personality, which is endearing, but also maddening, especially when he's rendering acid trips or discussing music. Indeed, many fans who twirled ecstatically at Dead shows will struggle to follow Lesh's extended explanations of the band's compositions. Also, the second half of the band's life gets short shrift. Nevertheless, Deadheads will surely celebrate Lesh's honest, intimate remembrances.

Customer Reviews

whoo hoo!

the best!

Not bad Phil

Thought the book was good but delved too much into the first5 or 6 years.I thought it was ironic that the years of the late seventies,when the Dead were at their absolute jamming best were omitted other than a poor performance in Egypt.Not one word describing one of the greatest shows ever.Englishtoen N.J. Other than what it looked like..
I don't know 300 pages on the first 5years and 300 pages on the next 35 years.
I think Phil left out a lot

Sean Kelly

Searching for the Sound Phil Lesh

Awesome! Rock on Phil!

Searching for the Sound
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Sep 03, 2007
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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