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Sweet Chaos

The Grateful Dead's American Adventure

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Sweet Chaos by Carol Brightman
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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.

Author Biography

Carol Brightman is the author of Writing Dangerously: Mary McCarthy and Her World, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, and the editor of Between Friends: The Correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy. She is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. She lives in Walpole, Maine.
Release date NZ
September 1st, 1999
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
1, black & white illustrations
Imprint
Pocket Books
Pages
394
Dimensions
152x229x22
ISBN-13
9780671011178
Product ID
1676539

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