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Phil Lesh, considered the most academic of the group due to his avant-garde classical composition training, literate mind, and passion for the arts, decided to write his story himself. Written without the crutch of a ghostwriter, Searching for the Sound might be considered disjointed in places, but overall it comes across as conversational, intimate, informative, and candid (particularly regarding topics of drug use and death). If you are familiar with the band and their extended family, their history, the sixties' musical milestones and influences and all the band's famous tales (the Garcia/ Lesh "silent" confrontation, being busted on Bourbon Street, the Wall of Sound), you may be a little disgruntled there is not much new here in the way of content. However, what is "new" and totally satisfying is Phil's warm, optimistic perspective on the many events that helped shape his life. As described by Lesh, his life's journey, much like the Dead's music, is "a [series] of recurring themes, transpositions, repetitions, unexpected developments, all converging to define form that is not necessarily apparent until it's ending has come and gone." For the many fans who enjoyed the fruits of his life pursuit of sonic explorations, Searching for the Sound is a welcome addition to their Dead library. --Rob Bracco --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great read! It was a little slow at the beginning when Phil was describing his early years but once he starts talking about how he met Garcia and the rest of the guys, it was hard... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Eric Gage
Lots of great history here, but glosses over some of the most interesting stuff.Published 10 days ago by Tom Cohen
When this book was first published in hardcover I read it in one sitting. Lesh is my favorite member of the Dead, with Pigpen and Jerry being tied for second. Read morePublished 24 days ago by William Donnelly
great book with Phil's personal view Grateful Dead history and it gets into the music at times from a musicians point of view.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Phil Lesh has an articulate and intellectual voice, and his portrayal of the inner workings of the band are a less sensational than the books by Dennis McNally or Rock Scully. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eric M. Foster
Great incite into this world.. A great addition to any collection. Must have for any true dead head to collectPublished 3 months ago by jaxon