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In the Spirit: Conversations with the Spirit of Jerry Garcia Hardcover – May 25, 1999


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From Publishers Weekly

As the first sentence warns, "This is not a book about the man Jerry Garcia." The conversations recorded here are not with the Jerry of this earth, the Jerry who led the Grateful Dead into megastardom. Rather, Weir, the sister of former Dead guitarist Bob Weir, has channeled Jerry's "Oversoul," that "advanced spiritual being or expression of All That Is who exists in the higher spiritual dimensions, aspects of whom have been or are incarnate on Earth or other dimensions." Weir, who works in "financial marketing" and previously wrote two environmentalist children's books, first tried to make contact when her brother wanted her to check in on Jerry's spirit right after he died. Jerry's earth spirit wouldn't communicate, so what followed was a long period of conversations with Jerry's Oversoul (or "JO," as Weir refers to him throughout the book) about how to fulfill Jerry's life's purpose, thus allowing him to ascend to the next plane. Not until almost the end of the book is Jerry's earth spirit able to communicate with Weir, so most of what's recorded here are the pontifications of the Oversoul alongside Weir's own account of her path to personal enlightenmentAshe learned to stop trying to be "perfect" and "accept the fact that it is okay to be loved for myself." The message JO sends to Jerry's former band members is simple: keep making music, because it represents a connection to "All That Is." By taking readers' belief inAand knowledge ofANew Age arcana for granted, Weir is unlikely to win many converts, even among Deadheads. (July) FYI: Linda Keen's Across the Universe with John Lennon (Hampton Roads, $14.95 paper 328p ISBN 1-57174-137-2), also out in July, is based on her psychic "conversations" with the departed Beatles great.
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From Library Journal

Following Elvis Presley and John Lennon, Jerry Garcia is the latest musician to write a book from beyond the grave. The difference here is that Jerry Garcia's channeler has a certain level of authority: she is the sister of Bob Weir, Garcia's Grateful Dead bandmate. Starting in August 1995 and continuing for a year, Weir conversed with "Jerry's oversoul" ("JO" for short). The meager conversations are presented in an interview format, with JO holding forth on different topics (music, childhood, nature), but much of the text is Weir's own expanding of JO's ideas. Considering Garcia's strong personality, it's disappointing that his oversoul's speech is so out of character. Garcia would likely have cringed at statements like "There is a flow of energy in all that you do, as there is a melody that weaves through a song." Whether or not you accept the book's premise, JO really has nothing original or insightful to say. Not recommended, unless there is demand; much skepticism about the book is already being expressed by Deadheads on the Internet.ALloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1st edition (May 25, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609604619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609604618
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book tells us it's time to live up to that ideal.
Jeffrey P. Bragg
It took some great courage for Wendy to come forward and write about her pyschic experience with Jerry.
W. Dire Wolff
I can't wait till this stuff dies down and we're back to an underground thing again.
Stop faking tha funk, ya'll!

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By W. Dire Wolff on April 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Over the years I have channeled the spirits of such musicans as Jim Morrison, Pigpen, and Lowell George. It was something I prefered to keep to myself, due to the fact I knew some people would question the validity of such claims, as well as my sanity. But it was the spirit of Jerry Garcia, that came to me with an agenda for me to work toward helping with the healing of the Earth. Wendy Weir's book "In the Spirit" describes similar channeling that I have been receiving from Jerry Garcia, since 1997.
It took some great courage for Wendy to come forward and write about her pyschic experience with Jerry. She knew that people would have many negative things to say about her decision to write the book, and the validity of the material inside. She wrote the book in spite of what some people would think, and there is a lot to be said about her courage for this. This book has helped people such as myself begin to be more open about our own experiences with Spirit Channeling.
The message of the book could best be described by quoting the words of Ken Kesey at Jerry's Funeral. "We've got a world to save."
So let's get on with the business of saving the World. The spirits are waiting to help us.
W. Dire Wolff
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 2000
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I expect you either believe that you can talk to dead people, or that you can't. And based on that choice you'll be predisposed to believe that this clap-trap exploitation is genuine or that it's an attempt to cash in on as much residual Jerry-mania as possible. I am a Deadhead, I cherish their music and have hundreds of shows on tape. I saw them live repeatedly, and if I were sent to a desert isle with only one type of music, it would be The Boys, hands down. Jerry was a phenomenal intellect and a towering talent. I think he is one of America's greatest composers. So it is from that vantage I tell you that I think that Jerry would have laughed his head off at this book. Read it if you like, but check it out at the library. Don't send you money to Weir just so she can cash in on the death of such a personage. And yes, I read it, at the library. I took the money the book would have cost and bought a Dick's Picks CD, where Jerry really IS still alive and truly DOES speak, from the one podium he always chose...behind that guitar.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1999
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Ms. Weir has given us a far worse distortion of the life and legacy of Jerry Garcia than possible by any Dead-hating rock critic. She claims to channel a "spirit guide" called "Jerry's Oversoul" (JO) who spouts out the same old tired pseudospiritual newage (rhymes with sewage) prattle about chakras, energy bodies, karma, "light", etc. that we've heard too many times before. If she insists on creating some kind of revisionist look at Garcia's life, at least she could try to be original. Methinks this is a product of Ms. Weir's very active imagination and her seemingly desparate need to deny Garcia's humanness and individuality and cram his memory into her own metaphysical/religious belief system--rather than her tapping into some higher frequency in the universe as she is so utterly convinced. What else could one expect of someone who proudly reveals that she talks to crystals? Anyone who knows a thing about Garcia's life is aware that the man's take on life was rather more earthy,pragmatic, and ironic. And he would never speak so conscendingly to someone as to call her "Little One". Like many newage writers, Ms. Weir diminishes the complex, tragicomic reality that is human life by comparing it unfavorably with a "higher", more "subtle" dimension. This is a position that would have been completely anathema to the real Mr. Garcia. Sorry, Wendy, but I'll take Garcia's flawed human life, with its rich aesthetic fruit, over the "higher wisdom" of your sanitized "Jerry Oversoul" anytime. I doubt that this book would have ever made it to print had Ms. Weir not been the sister of former Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist/vocalist Bob Weir. This is a completely shameless exploitation of Ms. Weir's family circumstance. I urge all Deadheads who were in any way touched by Jerry Garcia's life and creative work to avoid this ripoff like the plague.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1999
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The one thing that Jerry Garcia hated the most was the tendency of some of his fans to elevate him into some kind of guru. With the publication of Ms. Weir's book Ol' Jer's ashes must be spinning in the Ganges.
This book has nothing to do with the life of Jerry Garcia. It's about Wendy Weir, whose life as a hard-core newager/occultist/whatever isn't anywhere near as interesting.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stop faking tha funk, ya'll! on January 21, 2000
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This is one of the most insulting books that I have ever read in my life. To think that Bob's sis would dare cash in on Jerry's name for a few bucks is absotively despicable. The book itself is nothing but new age garbage with little respect for the common sense of the reader, whom I'm sure Wendy thinks are little 14 year old fashion hippies that couldn't form their own opinion to save Jerry's soul. Hey, I'm a spiritual cat too, but I don't claim to be able to channel the spirit of Jerry Garcia. I don't care if you're his soul mate, I don't buy it, literally and you shouldn't buy it financially. It disgusts me to think how many family members or wannabe family members are making money off of all these Jerry books and songs and God knows what else. I can't wait till this stuff dies down and we're back to an underground thing again. Jeez!
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