A tell-all biography of the epic in-fighting of the Grateful Dead in the years following band leader Jerry Garcia's death in 1995
The Grateful Dead rose to greatness under the inspired leadership of guitarist Jerry Garcia, but the band very nearly died along with him. When Garcia passed away suddenly in August of 1995, the remaining band members experienced full crises of confidence and identity. So long defined by Garcia's vision for the group, the surviving "Core Four," as they came to be called, were reduced to conflicting agendas, strained relationships, and catastrophic business decisions that would leave the iconic band in utter disarray. Wrestling with how best to define their living legacy, the band made many attempts at restructuring, but it would take twenty years before relationships were mended enough for the Grateful Dead as fans remembered them to once again take the stage.
Acclaimed music journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joel Selvin was there for much of the turmoil following Garcia's death, and he offers a behind-the-scenes account of the ebbs and flows that occurred during the ensuing two decades. Plenty of books have been written about the rise of the Grateful Dead, but this final chapter of the band's history has never before been explored in detail. Culminating in the landmark tour bearing the same name, Fare Thee Well charts the arduous journey from Garcia's passing all the way up to the uneasy agreement between the Core Four that led to the series of shows celebrating the band's fiftieth anniversary and finally allowing for a proper, and joyous, sendoff of the group revered by so many.
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There are liars, and then, there is Joel Selvin
Selvin gets the general vibe and feel of what the final chapters were like, but gets other things just completely wrong, “loose with the truth” so to speak, mischaracterizing or misattributing statements, fails to fact check, heck, even spell check in some instances. His characterizations of Vince Welnick are abysmal. He has actual facts wrong consistently about VInce’s final days, moments, events, and so much more than I can detail here. It pains me to read it. It will pain his widow more. Do you think Selvin cares if he got things wrong? Hey, he got my money, so he wins anyway.
Joel knows better, but I knew Vince.
Enjoy the overall message here, or not… that the life of this band post-Jerry was messy, and at times, downright mean. But take a lot of this with the dramatic rocks of salt Mr Charlie gave to Selvin to shoot you with.
Kind of pointless...
Entertaining if you like gossip. Repetitive writing style and has incorrect facts. If I, as a mere fan, can recognize these basic inaccuracies then how do we take the other stuff seriously?
Book from a bitter man
The topic of the Dead brings it worthy of a read, but it mainly comes across as an angry author who has an agenda to spend the book bashing Phil & Jill Lesh. Phil is a crotchety old bastad and his wife is controlling, but come on, no journalistic sense of telling a story. Pretty much a collection of accusations of Phil from an angry man.