Grateful Dead Drummer Gives Readers the Straight Deal

Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead By Bill Kreutzmann with Benjy Eisen St. Martin's Press, 400 pp., $27.99.

The latest in a slate of books about the Grateful Dead out just in time for the band's 50th anniversary and farewell shows this summer is perhaps also the one of keenest interest. That's because it's only the second memoir by an actual band member after bassist Phil Lesh's Searching for the Sound in 2006.

Taking its title from a Jerry Garcia solo song the band was fond of playing, the book's understandable and blatant subjectivity of the Dead's story is a given. But the band's original drummer -- and later, with Mickey Hart, part of the group's two-man "Rhythm Devils" -- offers plenty of insight, opinion, observations and analysis that are unique and of great interest to fans.

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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