Deadheads, Jerry Garcia fans, and the curious join Peter Conners as he reads from his personal memoir, Growing Up Dead, a tribute to the truth behind Deadhead culture and history. Told against the backdrop of the American landscape of the late 80's to the mid-90's, Growing Up Dead is the story of Peter Conners's journey from straight-laced suburban kid to touring Deadhead.
Peter Conners was born September 11, 1970. His memoir, Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead, was just published by Da Capo Press.
His other books include the prose poetry collection Of Whiskey and Winter and the novella Emily Ate the Wind. His next poetry collection, The Crows Were Laughing in their Trees, will be published by White Pine Press in 2010. He is also editor of PP/FF: An Anthology, which was published by Starcherone Books in April 2006.
His writing appears regularly in such journals as Poetry International, Mississippi Review, Brooklyn Rail, Fiction International, Salt Hill, Hotel Amerika, Mid-American Review, The Bitter Oleander, and Beloit Fiction Journal and will be included in the Forty Under Forty poetry anthology forthcoming from Yale University Press.
Peter Conners is at work on a non-fiction book titled The White Hand Society: Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, and the LSD Revolution. He recently completed a pair of music-based novels. His book projects are represented by Linda Roghaar of the Linda Roghaar Literary Agency.
Peter Conners, author of Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead describes his experience finding a ticket to a Grateful Dead concert just as the show was beginning. He explains the Deadhead custom of refusing to buy tickets from scalpers.