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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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"For those fans out there who want to really dive deep into the reality and nitty-gritty of everything there is to know about this historical musical collaboration, you can't get much better than this." - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"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
About the Author
TONY SCLAFANI is a journalist and a regular contributor to NBC online (formerly MSNBC/Today Show.com). He has also written for the Washington Post and its free daily, Express, as well as Relix, the Village Voice, Harp (now Blurt), the Washington City Paper, Hittin' the Note, Pop Matters, Record Collector, and DC Magazine. He is a longtime fan of '60s psychedelic music and the Grateful Dead.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!!
It's an interesting read about, in my opinion, one of the hardest working bands in the business. If you’ve wondered who the members are, how they coalesced into the Dead, what influenced the group and their place in the musical universe. Then you will find this book useful.
You can pick it up and flip to any page and start reading something interesting. I consider myself a longtime, though casual listener and I find myself enjoying the nice variety of topics presented. From the acid tests to the terrible loss in 1995 of front man Jerry Garcia, and beyond, it's all here.
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