"Almost any Deadhead can produce a litany of reasons why the Dead's May 8, 1977, show at Cornell's Barton Hall was spectacularly memorable and among their finest. As a seasoned 'Head, Peter Conners is ideally well-qualified to tell this tale, and he delivers in spades."--Dennis McNally, author of A Long Strange Trip and On Highway 61 and editor of Jerry on Jerry
"Barton Hall 5/8/77 is one of those extra-special dates in Grateful Dead history. The tape tells the tale--or a big part of it, anyway. But I know hard-core fans who insist that 5/8 isn't even the best show of that week, let alone that tour or that year or that career. Peter Conners's wonderful new book examines this show and puts it in context. Read this and you'll come away with a better understanding of this music and the people who love it. By situating this remarkable concert in its place and time, Peter Conners demonstrates why the Dead's project continues to matter today. Cornell '77 will show aficionados and casual readers alike how the Ithacan part stands for the Dionysian whole."--David Gans, host of The Grateful Dead Hour and Tales from the Golden Road
"A new book, Cornell '77: The Music, the Myth, and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead's Concert at Barton Hall, written by counterculture scribe Peter Conners, explores the history and mythology surrounding the show. Conners describes the conditions that made the concert such a pivotal moment for the university's student bookers and sets forth the argument that Cornell '77, in particular, represents the pinnacle of the democratization that made The Grateful Dead American icons."--VICE Magazine
"Peter Conners teases out these moments masterfully in Cornell '77, pushing his voice into the music. The book is like any Dead show. Once you've finished it, the music reverberates through your soul. You are walking through the arena thinking about the great moments and wishing they'd played a few more songs to make it perfect. You realize you've been presented with a road map and there is more to investigate, other doors to venture into and more music to enjoy -- a sacred gift." --Jambase.com
About the Author
Peter Conners has written extensively about music and counterculture, including his books Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead, JAMerica: The History of the Jam Band and Festival Scene, and White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary and Allen Ginsberg. He lives in Rochester, New York, where he is Publisher of BOA Editions, Ltd.