• Dancing with the Dead

  • My Good Old Days with the Grateful Dead & the San Francisco Music Scene 1964-1974
  • By: Rosie McGee
  • Narrated by: Rosie McGee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Photographer and Grateful Dead insider Rosie McGee narrates her memoir, telling dozens of previously-untold stories of living, traveling and working with the Dead during their first decade as a band. Not just for Deadheads or baby boomers - this audiobook is for anyone seeking a woman's intimate account of the San Francisco rock music community in the Sixties, rare in a field of such books most often written by men.

Included are firsthand stories of Autumn Records; The Matrix nightclub; the Acid Tests; Olompali; life in the Haight-Ashbury; the Human Be-In; the Grateful Dead (and the author's) bust at 710 Ashbury; New York, Toronto and Montreal with the Dead and Jefferson Airplane; Monterey Pop; Altamont; the Dead's Europe '72 tour; and encounters with individuals as diverse as Tom Donahue, Phil Spector, Lenny Bruce, Janis Joplin, Owsley Stanley, Timothy Leary, Jesse Colin Young, Julie Christie and many others.

©2013 Rosie McGee (P)2014 Rosie McGee

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Rosie McGhee Chronicles An Epic Chapter in American Culture

An insider’s view of life with the Grateful Dead for the first ten years of their history played out with a backdrop of the San Francisco music scene. Rosie found herself in the middle of the action, as it were, and presents this highly articulate and engaging story of her life at the center of this cultural vortex.

A splendidly enjoyable read/listen from cover to cover. Hearing her recite the adventures of her life during this period of her life is a real treat.

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  • 06-06-22

It's what it is

Firstly, its always nice when the author reads their own book to you - and Rosie's performance is natural and calm. The book covers her time with the group from their very early days through to the mid seventies. Here's a woman who was literally living with the band for a good few years before going on the road with them for their first European tour. There are plenty of fond insights into the domestic side of the dead and the relationships between the members and their extended family of girlfriends, groupies and road crew. You hear first hand experiences of what the Acid Tests were like, hear about some of their biggest concerts, including a terrifying account of the incident at Altamont, as well as general day to day admin being behind the scenes with the group. There are lots of sweet moments, a few unpleasant ones, but generally the book gives you a nice seldom heard perspective. It's a good accompaniment to Phil Lesh's book, as Rosie was of course Phil's one time girlfriend

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