Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead

Deal My Three Decades of Drumming Dreams and Drugs with the Grateful Dead My Three Decades of Drumming Dreams and Drugs with the Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead are perhaps the most legendary American rock band of all time For thirty years beginning in the hippie scene of San Francisco in they were a musical institution the original

  • Title: Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead
  • Author: Bill Kreutzmann Benjy Eisen
  • ISBN: 9781250033796
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead

    The Grateful Dead are perhaps the most legendary American rock band of all time For thirty years, beginning in the hippie scene of San Francisco in 1965, they were a musical institution, the original jam band that broke new ground in so many ways From the music to their live concert sound systems and fan recordings, they were forward thinking champions of artistic controThe Grateful Dead are perhaps the most legendary American rock band of all time For thirty years, beginning in the hippie scene of San Francisco in 1965, they were a musical institution, the original jam band that broke new ground in so many ways From the music to their live concert sound systems and fan recordings, they were forward thinking champions of artistic control and outlaw artists who marched to the beat of their own drums.In Deal, Bill Kreutzmann, one of their founding members and drummer for every one of their over 2,300 concerts has written an unflinching and wild account of playing in the greatest improvisational band of all time Everything a rock music fan would expect is here, but what sets this apart is Bill s incredible life of adventure that was at the heart of the Grateful Dead experience This was a band that knew no limits and Bill lived life to the fullest, pushing the boundaries of drugs, drums and high times, through devastating tragedy and remarkable triumph.But at this book s beating heart is the music theirs and others Some of the greatest musicians and concerts were a part of the Grateful Dead s career, from sharing the stage with Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, and The Who, to playing in the Acid Tests, The Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock and Altamont Bill s life is a chronicle of American music and pop culture history and his epic personal journey is one of sonic discovery and thrilling experiences.

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    1. Todd Strasser

      Disappointed, but still hopeful. I want very much to like this book, but so far it's just a rehash of stuff most deadheads already know. The Dead took a lot of acid? They hung out with Kesey and were the house band for the acid tests? Owsley financed them? Duh. I wish Kreutzmann had realized that this information is nothing new and had focused instead on the interpersonal relationships among the band members, how they wrote songs, or chose and arranged the covers they played. Kreutzmann feels ba [...]

    2. Duffy Pratt

      The websites and catalogs note that "Drums" was the most played "song" in the band's repertoire. I have to admit, it was never a favorite of mine. It was, for me, more of a prelude to "Space," which was often the high point. And I didn't have particularly high expectations for this book. So I was pleasantly surprised.In general, I am not a big fan of drummers, and especially not of the drummers other people think of as virtuosos. I have little use for the Neal Pearts, the Keith Moons, or the Gin [...]

    3. David Schwarm

      I love the Grateful Dead. I love them for the same reason Billy loves them--they are experimental risk takers who never stopped seeking to find the kind heart within every moment. I did not love this book because it is clearly written by a ghost writer who brought a format to the proceeding which just does not really work. we do the year by year break down of the big moments of the band--mostly stories & events we all know--the time at Woodstock, the Time in Europe, the time in fill in the b [...]

    4. Mark

      I might have more to say about this book in a month or so, suffice to say having read it, I am happy I did. I am glad learning that Bill took about as much pleasure in Mickey Hart returning to the band as I did, which is to say, not a whole lot! Mickey came to the band and hypnotized Bill- once. I am not unsure if he didn't hypnotize his way into coming back, either! but just the same. I always felt that Kreutzmann was the best drummer in rock and roll, hands down. Say what you like about Ringo- [...]

    5. George Bradford

      This is not the definitive history. But it is a fascinating account. And it is honestly told by a man who was only in it for the Music.If Jerry Garcia was the heart (and/or soul) of The Grateful Dead, Bill Kreutzmann was the spirit. And he tells his story from that vantage point. Kreutzmann doesn't recall everything. But what he does recount are the emotions of the experience. Kreutzmann doesn't tell you merely what happened. He shares with you what it felt like to be there.The feelings weren't [...]

    6. Patrick

      This meandering memoir frequently doubles back on itself, and probably reveals more about the emotional cost of big-time professional musicianship and near-constant touring than Kreutzmann even intended. Co-author Benjy Eisen apparently decided just to sit with Kreutzmann and let his digital recorder run, because the only pretense of organization in the narrative groups anecdotes from each of the band's three decades together. Fortunately, the book gets better as it goes along. Not surprisingly, [...]

    7. Joey Hines

      Title aside, this is a great read for Deadheads of any degree. Benjy Eisen must've written down everything Bill said almost verbatim, because the way the narrative jumps around time periods is ridiculous. And yet it works; Billy's candor gives the book an enjoyable, conversational tone. I especially liked reading his opinions of the band's various recordings and the many post-Dead offshoot bands, like Trichromes, 7 Walkers, and Furthur.

    8. Marcia Kreutzmann

      This is my brother so it is not easy to write this down, but had he let a best-that-money-could-buy-editor work with him, this would have been a super great book. His stories are wonderful, but it has a disjointed feel, no real chronology to it. A collection of interesting stories. Benjy Einsen of Rolling Stone magazine is listed as co-author. Their target audience was the fans of the Grateful Dead, known as Deadheads. The target audience should have been anyone and everyone with an interest in [...]

    9. Dachokie

      More Bark Than Bite This book was reviewed as part of 's Vine program which included a free advance copy of the book.While I’m not a fan of the Grateful Dead’s music (prefer the harder stuff), I still enjoy a good rock n’ roll story. Granted The Dead certainly has a loyal enough following that drummer Kreutzmann could have simply blown his nose between 2 sheets of paper and generated a best-seller, but thankfully, he gives us a little more. DEAL represents Kreutzmann’s 50 year journey wi [...]

    10. HeavyReader

      This book is an absolute must-read for any Grateful Dead fan. (If you just like a celebrity tell-all memoir, it's good as that too.)In this book, Bill Kreutzmann--the first, last, and every time drummer for the Grateful Dead--tells his stories from his days with the band. It feels like he holds nothing back. He tells of the drugs. (It's kind of a wonder Bill can remember anything at all, after all the drugs he took over so many years.) He tells of the sex. (Thirteen ladies in one night, and I wo [...]

    11. David Ward

      Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead by Bill Kreutzmann (St. Martin's Press 2015) (780.92). All except one of the surviving original members of the Grateful Dead has written about his experiences. Bill Kreutzmann was the original drummer for the band and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 2015 marked the fiftieth(!) anniversary of the band's 1965 debut, and for the first time Bill decided to share his side of the story. Through the year [...]

    12. Erik

      I'm always a fan of rock and roll autobiographies, especially those that center on the Grateful Dead, and this was no exception. It took a while to get used to the writing style (written in a manner very similar to video clips you may have seen of Neal Cassady driving "the bus"), but once I settled in, Kreutzmann offers a great look inside the lives of the band. Two things that really struck me: 1. It is incredibly sad reading of the helplessness everyone felt leading up to Jerry Garcia's death, [...]

    13. Lee

      Worth it to learn that Billy's father sold Jerry a banjo when Jerry was 16. Didn't know that Phil had a temper and wanted to kick Bobby and Pigpen out of the band circa Aoxomoxa. Other than a few exploits, it's not very insightful or introspective. Met Eric Clapton, who wore cool red shoes. That sort of thing. Lots of acid, man. Seems like Kreutzmann got swept along at the right time, right place, with the right people. Glad I got it from the library and skimmed it but not worth really going on [...]

    14. Marc Ross

      It was a fun read, but you can tell given the relative stream of consciousness that Bill just turned the tape recorder on and started talking. Some gaps in the story (especially the last 20 years and the interface and separation with others in the band such at Tom, Keith and Donna, the death of Vince, etc.). Overall, Billy pulled few punches and it's an honest read of one man's story in one of the greatest (and craziest) bands in the history of Rock 'n Roll.

    15. Shruts

      As a medium-intensity Deadhead, I enjoyed this book, fair enough, if only for the insights within. But I always thought that the purpose of a ghost writer (this means you, Benjy Eisen) is to organize random thoughts in to a semblance of coherence. OK, rampant drug use was a hallmark of the Dead, but those days are gone. This book suffers from frequent tangents, rambling repetitiveness, and a general spaced out feel, like Eisen was the stoner, not Kruetzmann

    16. Barbikat60

      The truth will never be toldWhy would you say that you know a lot more than you're going to tell in your book? Kreutzmann's book is rich with history and information and yet I feel cheated because he admits he left things out on purpose. He has his reasons. I have to let it go. Scully's book is still the best.

    17. Steph Keller

      Enjoyed this book. The writing style is like I'm having a conversation with Billy. I need to read Phil's book now, though I don't think it will be as easy to read as this one was. Recommended if you're a deadhead or curious.

    18. Boston Pug

      Great history lesson for any fan of The Grateful Dead or non-fan as well. The narrative rambles at time and the ghost writer's voice overpowers as well at times.

    19. Steve

      I really liked the Dead. I think the side of 'Europe '72' that runs from "Jack Straw," "It Hurts Me Too," "China Cat Sunflower" to "I Know You Rider" is some of the best music ever recorded. I saw them some dozen times or so. But I wish I had not read this book. The real hippies, I now realize, were not folks I would have cared to know. I knew that on some level already, but this book seals the deal. And while I agree with Kreutzmann that Garcia's "Row, Jimmy" is among the band's great songs, I [...]

    20. Jon

      Let me preface this by saying that it really isn't a great book. Kreutzmann's approach, while certainly genuine and real, doesn't make for a very good linear reading experience. There are also a lot of typos and misspellings throughout, particularly odd when naming other 1960s acts. Still, I did enjoy this a lot. Billy is an easy guy to like and, while it didn't flow like a linear book, it sounded like sitting around the fire with some beers listening to an old musician reminisce. Which is cool. [...]

    21. Mike

      Fun to hear Bill's side of things. This book gives an idea of Bill's personality which he describes as salt-of-the-earth. I read This Is All a Dream We Dreamed just before starting this and it was hard for this book to hold up after that other book. It was interesting to listen on archive to specific shows that Bill references.He has some funny tales to tell. Worth a look if you are a Deadhead. This book gave me a better understanding of the mega-success the Dead had in the 90s as Bill writes of [...]

    22. Sam Motes

      I thoroughly enjoyed Kreutzmann’s rambling romp through 30 years of the roller coaster drug enhanced ride of banging drums making magic with the Dead. Some reviews point out that there is nothing new revealed about the Dead in Deal but I felt it was a poignant deeply personal look into the band full of passion for the music and a deep love for his fellow band mates throughout the long strange trip.

    23. Tom Moore

      Interesting stories, but POORLY edited. It is as if they took the first draft and sent it right to print. I can’t blame Bill Kreutzmann; he is a musician and not a writer. Shame on Benjy Eisen and St. Martin’s Press; they did a real dis-service to Bill, the Grateful Dead (GD) and the GD fanbase.

    24. * Kimzy Weibring *

      5 stars and loved all the stories (that he could remember) but Bill K is such a fucking D-Bag, I'm surprised Jerry & crew put up with him all those years. R.I.P. Garcia, what a sad story for a beautiful soul <3

    25. Lee Adams

      he's definitely a proponent of being a substance abuser, bad husband, bad dad but seems to relish in those things. It was entertaining and I learned some new things about the Dead

    26. LeeAnn Ellis Wisdom

      An enjoyable and informative account of life with the Grateful Dead. I've read quite a few books by Dead members, and this had some info I'd never heard before.

    27. Cristina

      As I'm reading it I can hear Billy's voice in my brain. Same energy and emotion as the man lives and breathes. It's written just the same way he would speak. Great perspective on the Dead.

    28. Matthew Treya

      "Should be re-titled "My Three Decades of Drugs, Drugs, and Drumming." I'm going to have to bail (or should I just drop a tab and finish the rest??!!)

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