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Brightman does more than just present a chronology of the band's history. She explains how the Grateful Dead both influenced and was influenced by the turbulence of the events unfolding around them in the 1960's. Rather than just telling the same old story of how the band evolved from a house band for Ken Kesey's infamous Acid Tests to the top-grossing act of the early 1990's, she presents detailed histories of the band members, their families, their friends, and everyone else they came into contact with. It is also a fascinating look at the emergence of the 1960's drug culture and the involvement of everybody from Timothy Leary to the CIA.
Whether you're a baby boomer Deadhead who has followed the band since its beginnings or a Generation X Deadhead who jumped on the bandwagon when the band hit the Top 40 in the late 1980's, this book is a must-read. Sweet Chaos is a compelling report of a period in United States history and of a band that is truly beyond description. --Michael Mariani
This presents a view of the Grateful Dead Community in a whole different light from most other accounts. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Paul Dennis
I love any book on the Dead~ They are always an interesting read~ I like to read books from different books on the Dead from different people's perspective~Published 13 months ago by Sandi Mauk
I have been laboring through this book for a few weeks now and am within sight of the finish line (in the last chapter). Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bill Keithler
I read 9 pages of the book & tossed it aside.
I doubt I'll care if my cat uses it to pee on.
I agree with the other negative comments here, but something no one seems
to have mentioned are the outrageous number of factual and historical errors. Read more
I'd read every book out there about the Dead...or so I thought. Somehow this one passed me by, and I'm glad it did, because because maybe if I read it 8 years ago when it first... Read morePublished on February 28, 2007 by David K.
I got this book as a Christmas gift, and I approached it with kneejerk Deadhead prejudices (fueled by some of the reviews here, I must admit.) I was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished on April 5, 2005 by Barbara R. Saunders
Carol Brightman, sister of GD lighting designer Candace Brightman and veteran activist, has an interesting take on the Grateful Dead. Read morePublished on October 7, 2003
Looking for a history of the Dead? Go elsewhere! As other reviewers have commented, this book is self-indulgent, and spends too much time on the politics of the Sixties (as if... Read morePublished on September 1, 2003 by Tony the Tour Guy