Grateful Dead fans are legendary for their Dead-ication to the band and its enduring legacy of freewheeling musical exploration. The Grateful Dead Scrapbook collects rare removable memorabilia and evocative images culled from the Grateful Dead Archives at the University of California, Santa Cruz, including never-before-published photos, flyers, fan letters, and other ephemera.
To accompany the eye-popping visuals, renowned journalist Ben Fong-Torres draws on his personal knowledge of the San Francisco music scene in a rich text that conveys the Grateful Dead's story in a fresh way, centering each chapter on a pivotal song that encapsulates a certain era of the group's songwriting, performance, and community.
An attractive slipcase and an audio CD round out the book's beautiful design, delivering a richly illustrated volume as colorful as the band itself.
Ben Fong-Torres is an acclaimed music journalist of 45 years, a former Rolling Stone editor and the author of eight books, including The Grateful Dead Scrapbook, Not Fade Away: A Backstage Pass to 20 Years of Rock & Roll, Willin': The Story of Little Feat, and The Hits Just Keep on Coming: The History of Top 40 Radio. He is also the San Francisco Chronicle radio columnist, and was portrayed in the film Almost Famous.