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Grateful Dead FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History (FAQ Series) Paperback – September 1, 2013
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"Sclafani offers plenty for well-read Deadheads and still more for normal folks who want to know more...FAQ is jamband-packed with with little-known facts and trivia that will enlighten even the greyest of Deadheads." - Hittin' the Note
"Longtime music journalist Tony Sclafani engagingly breaks it all down in 39 easy-to-digest chapters, each packed with bite-sized nuggets." - Chico News & Review
"Sclafani does an obsessively nice job of filling in the basics for newcomers while delving deep enough into biographies, discographies, and theoretical discographies (an excellent overview of an unreleased album's virtual tracklist) to make get into Deadheads' heads." - Rocktober Reviews
"Kudos to the author of Grateful Dead FAQ for not indulging in the fan-boy mentality that afflicted similar titles;Tony Sclafani refuses to drone, preferring to maintain a light touch in keeping with the instrumental approach of the band at hand." - Glide Magazine
"It's like a Wiki-Dead-a-Pedia." - BlogCritics
"This is a wonderfully researched book that tells the story of one of the most iconic rock bands of all time. That the author has been able to dig deep and find new facts on a band that has been chronicled for decades now is a testament to his dedication and skill." - Curled Up With a Good Book
"The Grateful Dead FAQ really does deliver all that's left to know about the group, as far as I can tell. Tony Sclafani has come up with so many fascinating insights about this cultural institution that I found the book to be a joy to read. The Grateful Dead FAQ takes the good old Grateful Dead story to a whole other level, and is recommended." - Blinded By Sound
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In a way the entire Backbeat FAQ series is perfect for people like myself who enjoy certain artists and are knowledgeable when it comes to the basics but who crave more understanding, and Tony Sclafani's entry on The Dead is the best I've read so far of the FAQ books. The author writes with an obvious passion and deep understanding of the band and their music, and he also conveys a tone of both humor and objectivity amidst all of the copious research he has performed.
At over 350 pages (and printed in small font) The Grateful Dead FAQ is rich with information on America's premier jam band. Yet the content is so compelling that I eagerly read my way through the entire book in under three days. The highlights for me were the chapters dedicated to the group's less talked about members Pigpen, Donna Jean and Tom C., the extensive examination of the band's oft-maligned studio work (which the author does a good job of defending while still maintaining critical distance) and first-hand insight from the likes of Bob Weir, David Lemieux, Toni Brown and others.
What really put this book over the top for me though was the author's own humor and personal insight.Read more ›
Tony Sclafani's book seamlessly flows from Grateful Dead discography, in depth reviews and articles, story telling adventure and just good, hard ,yet amusing ,analysis of numerous aspects of the "world's greatest jam band in history" . the approach to critique and the history of the Dead is expressed from a different and unique perspective that makes reading fun and interesting no matter what you know , or think you know about The Grateful Dead.
Plenty of photos make it even better. and at close to 400 pages, covering numerous chapters of all different sides and scenes of the Dead, the book is jam packed . i was very skeptical about another "corporate fluff book" on my favorite band but was happily surprised by the integrity and attention and obvious knowledge and appreciation for the Dead by the author. I look forward to reading more from Tony and more from the FAQ series (which i disregarded as corporate fluff books ) on other bands, but if this is the norm for the FAQ series i would plan on seeing a few more of the shelf
At this stage of the game, writing about the Dead is like picking over an abandoned diamond field looking for what's been overlooked.
Thus, it is notable that even more details are emerging this late in the game. This book contains extensive rehashed material (not a criticism, it's good to see all this data condensed in one source), but succeeds gamely in winkling out a small treasure of previously unearthed factoids.
I say buy it!!
Music fans will enjoy it for the breadth of the information, illustrations, and photographs. Deadheads will nod their heads knowingly as Scalfani tackles a number of long debated questions, such as, why didn’t the Dead create a mid-1970’s super studio album after Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty?, or why did so many of their most popular songs never make it into a studio album?
Drawing on a number of the most dedicated minds who study and archive Grateful Dead history, such as David Gans and David Lemiux, Scalfani builds a strong case to answer these and other questions, in a book that truly chronicles "All that’s left to know about the greatest jam band in history."
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awesome read, tony sclafani really knows his stuff and it shows.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book's sub-title "All that's left to know about the greatest jam band in history" made me wonder if it might be filled with minutiae intended only for die-hard... Read morePublished 8 months ago by M Edwards
A fascinating read. This is like the "Dark Star" of books -- a wild, crazy quilt of idea after idea that challenges you as well as intrigues you. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tristram Shandy
Great read. Highly recommend it.
What makes these FAQ books so good is the "All That's Left to Know" subtitle. Read more
Grateful Dead FAQ is a fantastic read for anyone who wants to delve even deeper into the Grateful Dead's history. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John Whalen
This book does a good job at recapping some little known information about the band, some factual-but I found it to be redundant and probably could have been condensed to about... Read morePublished 11 months ago by FrankL
So grateful for The Grateful Dead FAQ!! Perfect gift for any Deadheads out there! :)Published 13 months ago by Morena Gonzales-Yap