Garcia: An American Life

Garcia: An American Life

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140291995
  • 560 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


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 With more than forty photographs, many of them previously unpublished, Garcia: An American Life is the ultimate tribute to the man who, Bob Dylan said, “had no equal.”

Table of Contents

Prologue: A Hopeful Candle Flickers

Chapter 1: Another Time’s Forgotten Space
Chapter 2: Recall the Days that Still Are to Come
Chapter 3: There Were Days Between
Chapter 4: I Can’t Come Down, I’ve Been Set Free
Chapter 5: Can YOU Pass the Acid Test
Chapter 6: In the Book of Love’s Own Dream
Chapter 7: Come Join the Party Every Day
Chapter 8: Poised for Flight, Wings Spread Bright
Chapter 9: Where Is the Child Who Played with the Sunshine?
Chapter 10: Listen to the River Sing Sweet Songs
Chapter 11: The Wheel Is Turning
Chapter 12: Wait Until that Deal Come ‘Round
Chapter 13: Line Up a Long Shot, Maybe Try It Two Times
Chapter 14: Beneath the Sweet Calm Face of the Sea
Chapter 15: Some Rise, Some Fall, Some Climb . . .
Chapter 16: The Desert Stars Are Bright Tonight
Chapter 17: This Darkness Got to Give
Chapter 18: If Mercy’s in Business, I Wish It for You
Chapter 19: Dawn Is Breaking Everywhere
Chapter 20: Show Me Something Built to Last
Chapter 21: So Many Roads to Ease My Soul
Chapter 22: A Broken Angel Sings from a Guitar
Chapter 23: There’s Nothing You Can Hold for Very Long

Epilogue: Sleep in the Stars

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