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Publisher's Summary

No longer dismissed as relics of the hippie era, a new generation has lionized the Dead for creating a culture that paved the way for social networking, free music swapping, and the uncompromising anticorporate attitude of indie rock. Now, fifty years after the band first began changing rock 'n' roll both sonically and psychically, So Many Roads paints the most vivid portrait yet of the Grateful Dead, one of the most enduring institutions in American music and culture.
©2015 Original Material by David Browne (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By robert on 10-30-15

Great first book on the Dead

Would you listen to So Many Roads again? Why?

The writing is exceptional and the reader brings life to a interesting topic. I love the Dead and this is my first book on them.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Charles Sikkenga on 08-19-15

Excellent and thorough history

If you could sum up So Many Roads in three words, what would they be?

An interesting apporach

What other book might you compare So Many Roads to and why?

Almost any rock biography

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

Clear without being dry.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A strange trip deconstructed.

Any additional comments?

A nice, comprehensive band bio that doesn't shy away from some of the darker stuff. Basing each chapter around a specific show/date adds just enough variety to keep it from being the "same old, same old" band bio. Good stuff for fans and newcomers alike.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Neil on 08-24-16

A Good Starting Point

Would you listen to So Many Roads again? Why?

Yes I would, if nothing else, just to get a sense of history of the band. It's made me want to go back and listen to the music again too.

What other book might you compare So Many Roads to, and why?

Difficult to say really - it's a good beginner's guide to the story of the phenomenon that was the Grateful Dead

What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A langrous laid back and easy going style that seems to capture the essence of the story and the music

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story of Jerry Garcia's first health issue in 1986 and the subsequent revitalisation of the group

Any additional comments?

If you are a Dead Head, then there will be nothing new under the sun to you here. If however, you are discovering the band for the first time or returning to them after pushing them to the back of your music collection, this is a good companion to the music. Listen. Enjoy.

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