It wouldn’t be a Bay Area Book Festival without a panel on the quintessential Bay Area band. Four of the leading experts and insiders on all things Dead gather today to share their experiences, their knowledge and their appreciation for the band once known as the Warlocks.
Blair Jackson has produced a stream of books, magazines, and articles about the Grateful Dead since the 1970s. His books include “Goin’ Down the Road: A Grateful Dead Traveling Companion,” “Garcia: An American Life,” and a forthcoming work called “This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead.”
Dennis McNally was the Grateful Dead’s publicist and official biographer. His books include “Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation, and America,” “A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead,” and “On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom.”
Nicholas Meriwether is the founding director of the Grateful Dead Archive at UC Santa Cruz. Most recently he edited “Studying the Dead: The Grateful Dead Scholars Caucus, An Informal History.” His other publications include “Reading the Grateful Dead: A Critical Survey.”
Peter Richardson teaches humanities and American Studies at San Francisco State University. His books include “No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead” and “A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America.”
Blair Jackson, publisher of the Grateful Dead fanzine "The Golden Road," says the band helped save the psychedelic, free-spirit energy of the 1960s from Ronald Reagan and the war on drugs of the 1980s.