FARE THEE WELL:


FARE THEE WELL:

JOEL SELVIN & PAMELA TURLEY    Book Number: 85955    Product format: Hardback

After the shock death of Jerry Garcia in 1995, "Deadhead" fans reluctantly realised that it was the end of the road for the eclectic band with its roots in the Bay culture of the mid-sixties. Few knew that Garcia was planning to enter the Betty Ford addiction clinic, but the charismatic band leader had for some time been a wreckage of his former self. President Clinton expressed regret and 20 years later President Obama was to send best wishes for the 50th anniversary of "an iconic American band that embodies the creativity, passion and ability to bring people together that makes American music so great". Many volumes have charted the band's glory days but this 2018 book describes what happened next, culminating in the improbable 50th anniversary tour Fare Thee Well in 2015. Immediately after Garcia's death revenue was in freefall and anyone who had worked for the band fewer than 10 years was let go. But the fans wouldn't allow them to just disappear and Rich Abelson, a theme-park designer, started planning the band's resurrection with The Grateful Dead Experience. After 20 years of wrangling, vicious infighting, mismanagement and bad business decisions, the 4 July weekend in Soldier Field, Chicago, broke all records. There were some grey ponytails in the crowd, but more than half weren't old enough to have heard Garcia play. Lesh's feeble opening with "Box of Rain" disappointed expectations, but the band gained power as Weir and Anastasio took over, making it truly a night to remember and a joyous send-off of a group revered by so many. 280pp, photos.
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