The Grateful Dead's long, strange trip has been the subject of countless booksbut none like So Many Roads. Drawing on new interviews with surviving members and people in their inner circle along with previously unknown details gleaned from the group's extensive archives, David Browne, acclaimed music journalist and contributing editor at Rolling Stone, lends the Dead's epic story the vivid feel of a novel. He sheds new light on the band's beginnings, music, dynamics, and struggles since Jerry Garcia's death in 1995.
No longer dismissed as relics of the hippie era, a new generation has lionized the Dead for creating a culture that paved the way for social networking, free music swapping, and the uncompromising anti-corporate attitude of indie rock. Now, fifty years after the band first began changing rock 'n' rollboth sonically and psychically—So Many Roads paints the most vivid portrait yet of the Grateful Dead, one of the most enduring institutions in American music and culture.
Hachette Books; April 2015
- ISBN: 9780306821714
- Read online, or download in secure ePub format
- Title: So Many Roads
- Author: David Browne
Imprint: Da Capo Press
In The Press
Takes readers into the never-visited worlds of the Grateful Dead: Backstage babble in groupie-laden dressing rooms; recording studios; legendary band meetings; the group's communal home in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district during the band's notorious 1967 bust; even stints in rehab
Much has been written about the band, but nothing quite as vibrant and vivid as So Many Roads. Readers will hear not only from the Dead but also from sundry crew members, friends, colleagues and lovers, including some who've never spoken to the press before. The result is a remarkably detailed and cinematic book that paints a strikingly fresh portrait of Garcia and Company and sheds new lightfor fans and newcomers alikeon the band's music, dynamics, and internal struggles.”
Rolling Stone, Holiday Gift Guide 2015”
Fifty years after the dawn of the Dead, is there anything left to learn about the band? Actually, yes fresh interviews with surviving members and a unique approach.”
Huffington Post, 12/16/15
If you want to give a book to a Deadhead (including yourself) the 50th anniversary has yielded a veritable cornucopia. The best narrative I've come across is that by my friend, David Browne.”
About The Author
David Browne is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of four books: Dream Brother, Amped, Goodbye 20th Century, and Fire and Rain. He also contributes to the New York Times, NPR, and other outlets. He lives in New York City.