b weird wrote:What exactly is or was the "Blue Book ?" All the songs look like they're from a songbook.
The "Blue Book" was an old Grateful Dead lyric/tablature book featuring many/most of the GD's material, but not all of it. It was, as it's name states, blue on the cover, with black writing on the front...not quite sure exactly what it said. It was my first lyric/tab book, and got me through many a song, correctly or incorrectly as it may have been. I carried that thing with me through high school like it was one of my school books.
One common problem I've encountered (as others here have also stated) is that, as with any "interpretation" of songs, there are more than a few eronious tabs in the book. That is to say, according the the consensus (of which I agree), there are a lot of tabs in there that are not accurate, at least in terms of the Key the author had presented them in.
Still a great book, though, and I'm glad someone took the time and energy into producing it for all of us to share & learn from. I've long since lost my copy to misplacement, but am thankful for having it as long as I did.