Searching for the Sound

  • by Phil Lesh
  • Narrated by Phil Lesh
  • 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Phil Lesh first met Jerry Garcia in 1959 in the clubs of Palo Alto, California. At Garcia's suggestion, Lesh learned to play the electric bass and joined him in a new group that blended R&B, country, and rock 'n' roll with an experimental fervor never before heard. In time for the Grateful Dead's 40th anniversary, Phil Lesh offers the first behind-the-scenes history of the Dead. Lesh chronicles how the Dead's signature sound emerged, flowed, and swelled to reach millions of devoted fans, from their first gigs at Frenchy's Bikini-A-Go-Go for an audience of three, to the legendary Acid Tests, to packed stadiums around the world.
In San Francisco during the Summer of Love, at Woodstock, Altamont, and the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Grateful Dead have been at the center of some of rock's defining moments. Phil Lesh recounts what it's been like to live at the heart of this whirlwind, impressing Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, sharing the stage with Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and the Rolling Stones. Lesh describes what it was like to storm heaven night after night, and the price he and others have paid. Bad management, drug addictions, depression, and insecurities persistently plagued the band members and would culminate with the most tragic blow of all, the death of Jerry Garcia.
Searching for the Sound is a ruthlessly honest look inside one of the greatest American bands.

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What the Critics Say

"It's hard to say which of these miracles is more profound: the fact that after three decades with the Grateful Dead, Lesh has any memories of the experience whatsoever, or that he's been able to consolidate them into a single volume of less than 20,000 pages." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Searching for the Sound

I am a Deadhead and musician and I learned a lot from this book with regards to the creation of the music itself,and Phil.A little extra here and there about Kesey and the Pranksters,and the happy and bad times with the Dead. Brutally honest..
Great read too,I bought the book as well..

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- Brad Zerkel

would-be dead head

I can't be qualified as true Dead Head, being born a little late and not having had the opportunity to follow the band to hundreds of shows. But I've loved their music and have been fascinated with them since I first heard "American Beauty" as a mid-70s teen. I have been fortunate to see the Dead a few times and Phil & Friends more recently. Phil's a great musician and a talented writer to boot. Hearing him narrate his own well-written story, I feel I got an insider's view to the whole Grateful Dead experience and the collective soul of the this phenomenal band. This audiobook is not to be missed if you're any kind of fan at all.
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- Mary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-11-2005
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio