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An ambiguous read,
This review is from: Sweet Chaos: The Grateful Dead's American Adventure (Paperback)
Ms. Brightman is clearly intelligent and well organized. However, the goal of the book often appears to steer the writer to make this very observation. There is quite a whiff of ego in this work. While I did read the political sections out of a vague guilt or distant interest, I found them to be particularly self-indulgent. I knew I was in trouble when she quotes Robert Hunter leading her to examine "Ship of Fools," and she has to check sources for the words. Not a good sign, although perhaps this distance allows a decent critical eye instead of the heavy syrup often attributed to Dead books. Still, every few pages I get a vision of the author jumping from the page, saying "Look at me!" This book is worth reading, chiefly because Mr. Garcia is an endlessly fascinating character, but you will not read it twice. Go for the paperback...