The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics Paperback – May 8 2007
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"In this book are insights to the songs we have lived with and loved all of these years. This is really a treat for me."
-- Mickey Hart
"The words of our songs always gave the Heart a good place to land. Many a tough night was made easy by the songs and how they related perfectly right in time to soothe the spirit of whatever was going on. Like old friends they comforted you."
-- Bill Kreutzmann
"Through all the years of playing and singing these songs, I could always find illuminating insights on the 'Annotated' website. Now, to all who hunger for knowledge, those nuggets of accumulated wisdom are available in this eagerly awaited new book."
-- Phil Lesh
"This book is great. Now I'll never have to explain myself."
-- Bob Weir
About the Author
David Dodd is the author of The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics. The founder of The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics website and coeditor of The Grateful Dead Reader and The Grateful Dead and the Deadheads: An Annotated Bibliography, he is the city librarian of San Rafael, California.See all Product Description
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This book has every Grateful dead song lyric and splits them up in order of the year that they where recorded or played live from 1966 to 1994. There are several hundred songs in all. Everything you can think of from Can't come down 1965 to 1994's Childhood's end and in between Candyman, Truckin, Casey Jones, Alabama getaway, China cat garden, Down the road and a few hundred more songs. Some of the cover songs are also in the book.
There is a lengthy forward in the book by Robert Hunter that goes into song writing and the spirit that goes into it that is very nicely written and gave me some insight to Mr. Hunter that I had not seen before.
The book is thoughtfully and beautifully laid out. Almost every page has artwork that is outstanding in its own right and very appropriate for a book involving the Dead. Most of the art work is black and white but there is some color artwork as well. There are also some well placed Biblical quotes. On most songs there are notes that give you the recording date and the first date of performance. The notes, artwork commentary and Biblical passages all provide a nice insight to the songs and how they took shape.
Dead head or passive follower, even if you know all the lyrics and are familiar with the Grateful Dead story this is a great book to look at and read.
Taken from the back cover "This book is great I will never have to explain myself -Bob Weir"
I feel like I'm Truckin got my chips cashed in, truckin like the Doodah man when I pick up this book.
10 stars in a 5 star limitation.
The illustrations, especially those drawn from the original Grateful Dead Songbook (which documents tunes from the Workingman's Dead and Amercian Beauty albums) are fantastic and often thought provoking illustrations of aspects of the band's huge repertoire.
The Grateful Dead was all about the music. This book will enrich anyone's understanding of American music. It is an absolute must for Deadheads.
And it provides tantalising insights into the creative processes of the Grateful Deads great lyricists, Robert Hunter and John Perry Barlow.
BEWARE! THIS IS NOTHING BUT A REPRINT OF THE 2005 EDITION WITH A NEW DUST JACKET.
There's absolutely nothing new in this latest edition of this book. So if you already own the 2005 edition there's no need to purchase this unless you want the new dust jacket with the cool graphic, or you're a collector. The five "stars" is for the content--NOT because there's anything new or different in the contents. If you check the Amazon page for this book the publishing info says "Reissue Edition".
But if you don't own this book and are thinking of buying it--it's a very good book with informative annotations which add insight into many of the tunes. The illustrations add to the overall "coolness" of the book. And Amazon's price is very good. But everything--from Hunter's long Foreward to Alan Trist's Preface, to David Dodd's Introduction, to Barlow's Afterword is exactly the same.
The Dead's main lyricists frame the body of the book with essays about their craft, their role and creative process. Hunter's forward is inspiring - playful, serious, insightful and educational all in one. Barlow's afterward is grounding and tender making a fitting tribute to the band and an era and a fine gift to us all.
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