Drawing on new research, interviews, and a fresh supply of material from The Grateful Dead archives, author Peter Richardson vividly recounts the Dead's colorful history, adding new insight into everything from the Acid Tests to the band's formation of their own record label to their massive late career success, while probing the riddle of the Dead's vast and durable appeal. He argues that the band successfully tapped three powerful utopian ideals--ecstasy, mobility, and community--that struck deep chords with two generations of American youth and continues today.
Peter Richardson is an author and lecturer in the humanities department at San Francisco State University and outgoing chair of the California Studies Association. Before that, he was an editor at the Public Policy Institute of California, a think-tank based in San Francisco; a tenured English professor at the University of North Texas; and an acquisitions editor at Harper & Row, Publishers. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in San Francisco. His previous book, A Bomb in Every Issue, recounts the rise and fall of Ramparts magazine.
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