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Sweet Chaos: The Grateful Dead's American Adventure
Contributor(s): Brightman, Carol (Author)

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ISBN: 0671011170     ISBN-13: 9780671011178
Publisher: Gallery Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 1999
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Annotation: San Francisco's Grateful Dead brought its psychedelic blend of folk, bluegrass, and blues to the 1960s counterculture, along with a romance for the Beats and a love of anarchy that made it something more than a band. Without radio play and virtually unnoticed by the press, the Dead forged a vast underground following whose loyalty survives to the present day.

National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author Carol Brightman returns to the band's roots -- to Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, the acid tests and the heady days of Haight-Ashbury, the free concerts in Golden Gate Park and the formative shows at New York's Fillmore East -- to uncover the secrets of the band's longevity. Drawing on exclusive interviews with band members, staff and crew, Deadheads, other musicians, journalists -- and her own experience as a 60s activist -- Brightman shows us how, amid the turbulent Free Speech Movement and antiwar rallies, the Grateful Dead's abandonment to music, drugs, and dance offered the faithful a shelter in the storm. Her riveting, in-depth portrait of Jerry Garcia, the "nonleader leader" who held to a vision of the Grateful Dead's destiny even as he recoiled from the juggernaut it became, shows us how it was that a Dead concert became something halfway between a revival meeting and a family reunion.

An absorbing and exhilarating exploration, SWEET CHAOS offers, at last, a complete understanding of the Dead phenomenon and its place in American culture.

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BISAC Categories:
- Music | Genres & Styles - Rock
- Music | History & Criticism - General
- Social Science | Popular Culture
Dewey: 782.421
Physical Information: 1.01" H x 6.12" W x 9.25" (0.99 lbs) 368 pages
Themes:
- Chronological Period - 1950-1999
- Chronological Period - 20th Century
Features: Bibliography, Illustrated, Index, Price on Product
 
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San Francisco's Grateful Dead brought its psychedelic blend of folk, bluegrass, and blues to the 1960s counterculture, along with a romance for the Beats and a love of anarchy that made it something more than a bond. Without radio play and virtually unnoticed by the press, the Dead forged a vast underground following whose loyalty survives to the present day.

National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author Carol Brightman returns to the bond's roots -- to Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, the acid tests and the heady days of Haight-Ashhury, the free concerts in Golden Gate Park and the formative shows of New York's Fillmore East -- to uncover the secrets of the band's longevity. Drawing on exclusive interviews With band members, staff and crew, Deadheads, other musicians, journalists -- and her own experience as a '60s activist -- Brightman shows us how, amid the turbulent Free Speech Movement and antiwar rallies, the Grateful Dead's abandonment to music, drugs, and dance offered the faithful a shelter in the storm. Her riveting, in-depth portrait of Jerry Garcia, the "nonleader leader" who held to a vision of the Grateful Dead's destiny even as he recoiled from the juggernaut it became, shows us how it was that a Dead concert become something halfway between a revival meeting and a family reunion.

An absorbing and exhilarating exploration, "Sweet Chaos" offers, at last, a complete understanding of the Dead phenomenon and its place in American culture.


Contributor Bio(s): Brightman, Carol: - Carol Brightman is the author of three books, including Writing Dangerously: Mary McCarthy and Her World, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography. She is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. She lives in Walpole, Maine.
 
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