An American Life

Book - 1999
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He was there when Dylan went electric, when a generation danced naked at Woodstock, and when Ken Kesey started experimenting with acid. Jerry Garcia was one of the most gifted musicians of all time, and he was a member of one of the most worshiped rock 'n' roll bands in history. Now, Blair Jackson, who covered the Grateful Dead for twenty-five years, gives us an unparalleled portrait of Garcia -- the musical genius, the brilliant songwriter, and ultimately, the tortured soul plagued by his own addiction.

With more than forty photographs, many of them previously unpublished, Garcia: An American Life is the ultimate tribute to the man who, Bob Dylan said, "had no equal".

Publisher: New York : Viking, 1999.
ISBN: 9780670886609
Branch Call Number: B/GARCIA
Characteristics: xiii, 498 p., [24] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Mar 12, 2018

This is a good biography of Garcia. It tells things I didn't know before. I thought the book delved too deep into the band. Most of the stuff in the book I already knew. I also thought that the book should have told us more about how Garcia suffered toward the end of his life. It was so obvious seeing him in concert toward the end, that this guy was a mess.

Nov 13, 2014

A fascinating portrayal of one of America's most influential and brilliant musicians. Jerry's voracious musical appetite for all styles of Americana music are examined along with the summer of love and its negative effects on the Haight- Ashbury scene. Highly recommended!

Nov 24, 2012

Even if you have a passing interest in the Grateful Dead or Jerry Garcia you should give this book a read. Blair Jackson is a great writer and few know the subject as well.

Great book about a great guy!


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