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The bass player for the greatest improvisational band in American history tells the full, true story of his life, Jerry Garcia, and the Dead.

Phil Lesh first met Jerry Garcia in 1959 in the clubs of East Palo Alto, California. At Garcia's suggestion, Lesh learned to play the electric bass, joining him in a new band that blended R&B, country, and rock and roll with an experimental fervor never before heard.

Now, in time for the Grateful Dead's 40th anniversary, Phil Lesh offers the first behind-the-scenes history of the Dead — a story no one will ever know as he does. From their first gigs to the legendary Acid Tests, in San Francisco's Summer of Love, at Woodstock, Monterey, Altamont, and the Pyramids, the Dead have been in the center of rock's defining moments. Phil Lesh tells what it has been like to live at the heart of this whirlwind, making uncompromisingly original music with bandmates Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Pigpen, Mickey Hart, and especially Jerry Garcia, the charismatic, enigmatic soul of the band. He tells the stories behind songs like "Dark Star," "Friend of the Devil," "Truckin," and his legendary composition "Box of Rain." And in intimate detail, Lesh describes what it was like to storm heaven night after night — and the price he and others have paid, up to and following Jerry Garcia's tragic death in 1995.

Searching for the Sound is a ruthlessly honest look inside one of the greatest American bands, written with humor, intelligence, and a deep affection that only Phil Lesh himself could provide.

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"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Lesh proves to be as capable and enthusiastic a writer as he is a musician." New York Times

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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.

About the Author

Phil Lesh has been the bass player for the Grateful Dead since their formation in 1965. His first published writing shows a very unique behind-the-scenes perspective right on the heels of the band's 40th anniversary. He lives in California.

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tgrang13, May 16, 2012 (view all comments by tgrang13)
This book is just absolutely amazing. You gotta love Phil! I could not put this book down. He totally reveals so much that all of us ever wanted to know. Even if you are not into the Grateful Dead, you can still appreciate this book. There are so many juicy stories, but it is not at all gossip. One of the best autobiographies I have ever read, maybe the best. You will want to read it more than once it is so good. Be good to yourself, and get this book!
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SD_Deadhead, October 27, 2006 (view all comments by SD_Deadhead)
This is a must have for any Deadhead, or anyone interested in music for that matter. Do yourselves a favor, and pick this one up.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316009980
Subtitle:
My Life with the Grateful Dead
Author:
Lesh, Phil
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Rock
Subject:
Rock musicians
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Rock musicians; Rock music; Music history; Grateful Dead; Guitarists
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Publication Date:
20060425
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.74 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Lesh proves to be as capable and enthusiastic a writer as he is a musician."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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