I was thrilled to hear this excellent review of Growing Up Dead on NPR's "All Things Considered" today!
Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead by Peter Conners, paperback, 288 pages
No music fan is more invested than a follower of the Grateful Dead. Peter Conners' new memoir, Growing Up Dead, chronicles the exhilaration of falling in love with music as if nothing else in life even remotely matters. Conners was an aimless 16 year old when he first heard the whirling, improvised rock of his heroes. He describes guitar runs that send "sparkler streams across the arena" and writes that the sound of a keyboard "swirls down your cochlea, expanding into warm chocolate behind your eyes." Music fans will understand: That's not LSD imagery but just the way music sounds when your surrender has no limit.
You can listen to the entire segment here: