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Scott Acton Book Review - Growing Up Dead - The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead
Scott Acton Book Review - Growing Up Dead - The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead<br />
'The Deadhead subculture was rich and fascinating, and this book is a terrific documentation of it.'

Growing Up Dead - The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead Peter Conners long strange trip began in 1985 at the age of 15. After his first Grateful Dead show 6/30/87, he was one with the band, attending nearly 100 Dead concerts between 1987 and 1995. Traveling in a VW Microbus and living the whole nomadic scene, Peter shares his time on the road with the various characters he meets along the way. What was it about the Grateful Dead that a young man would leave the straight world for 8 years and follow Jerry and the boys throughout the land? Well, Peter talks about following the Dead as one of the 'last great American adventures.' Jerry Garcia said this years ago in a Rolling Stone interview when asked why were there so many teenagers flocking to Dead shows after they had already been together as a band for 20 plus years.

Most other books on the Grateful Dead are different. They were told from either band members or insiders. Peter Conners tells it from the street-level Deadhead perspective. Find out why the Grateful Dead meant so many things to so many people and why they were a true cultural phenomenon. There used to be an axiom about the Dead. The music plays the band. And the Dead always fed off the energy of their rabid fans to push the music to galaxies seldom visited in all of music.

Dennis McNally, the Grateful Dead publicist and historian, has said about Peter Conners book, "The hardest part of being the Grateful Dead's publicist was convincing the media that Deadheads were diverse, thoughtful, and not infrequently accomplished. If I'd just had a copy of Growing Up Dead, I could have simply handed it out. The Deadhead subculture was rich and fascinating, and this book is a terrific documentation of it."

Growing Up Dead - The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead
by Peter Conners (DaCapo Press)

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