Blair Jackson has a new book coming out!
Grateful Dead Gear
The Band's Instruments, Sound Systems, and Recording Sessions from 1965 to 1995
By Blair Jackson
300 pages, 9 3/4 x 12 1/2
200+ color and B&W photos
Publication Date: November, 2006
Availability: Not Yet Published, Place Advance Order Now
A comprehensive examination of the Grateful Dead's tools of the trade
* More than 100 photos and diagrams, many never before seen
* New interviews with band members and tech personnel
* Suggested listening for every era of the group's history
Grateful Dead Gear is the very first in-depth examination of every aspect of the Dead's technical side, including their recording methods. From the "acid tests" of the mid-'60s to the famous "wall of sound" in the '70s and up to their exceptional later touring systems, the Grateful Dead were always on the cutting edge of technological innovation and experimentation. This exhaustive study includes clear and concise explanations of the band's equipment technology, instrument design, and studio recording techniques, plus a history of the group. It's the fascinating story of how a colorful cast of tech geniuses and visionaries merged art, technology, and commerce into one of the most successful touring businesses in music history.
"An excellent, well-written and accurate work. I found it very informative—even though I was there."
—Owsley Stanley, AKA "Bear"
"Everybody can dance if they want to, that means everybody...That means you all can dance if you want to, in fact its nicer, there's no point in watching us, we don't do anything we don't normally do." Jerry 01/17/68