The handsomely designed, slip covered coffee table book is filled with band photos from the early days through the end, along with psychedelic poster art. The text by longtime Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres, intelligently assays their long career (vocation might be a better word), finding that in a subculture composed in part of delusions, they were “real,” preferring the spontaneous combustion of the stage to the sterility of the studio and the idea of community between performers and audience over stardom.
... The Dead worked to keep their dream alive, aware that utopia had receded. As Fong-Torres writes: “The Grateful Dead constantly seesawed between the storied, blissful optimism of the ‘60s and the reality of the world.”
Causes Ben Fong-Torres Supports
Susan G. Komen For The Cure Rocket Dog Rescue