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Steve Parish was never one to walk the straight-and-narrow, even during his childhood growing up in Flushing Meadow, Queens. Busted as a teenager for selling acid in the summer of 1968, Parish landed in Riker's Island. The experience changed him, and after getting out, he did his best to stay out of trouble, securing a job moving music equipment at the New York State Pavilion. The first show he worked was a Grateful Dead concert in July of 1969, and Parish was captivated by the music. A life seemingly headed nowhere had suddenly found its calling as he fell in quickly with a band of like-minded misfits who formed the nucleus of what would be the greatest road crew in rock 'n' roll history.

Parish traveled to California, where his apprenticeship began. Working for the band for free and learning his craft, Parish got to know Jerry, Bobby, Phil, Billy, and Mickey, and through the years they forged an unbreakable bond. He became very close with Garcia in particular, acting as his personal roadie and later manager for his solo performances and Garcia Band shows.

Home Before Daylight is a story of friendship, of music and redemption. It is a piece of music history, one that reflects the American spirit of adventure and brotherhood. Seen through Steve Parish's eyes and experiences, the Grateful Dead's wild ride has never been so revealing.

©2003 Steve Parish, foreword copyright 2003 by Bob Weir (P)2019 Tantor

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The one thing I absolutely love about Steve Parrish is his voice. HIs story would have been amazing if read by himself. At times, I would imagine his voice telling some of the stories.

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Dead honest rendition of the life of the band

Overall, I loved it! I appreciate Steve's honesty and wish he had narrated it himself. Some parts were difficult to listen to...sex parts and arrests. Robert Hunter's poem prepared for Jerry's funeral was so touching that I listed to it five times. Thank you.

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Must Read For any Deadhead

Very well written and very honest and emotional. Made me cry. I only wish Big Steve narrated it as I love his voice.

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if you know Parrish, its what youd expect

steve-- the closest person to Jerry....maybe even closer than Weir-- shares his relationship, observations, admiration and brutal truth about Jerry. A must read for any and all DHs...Jerry was many things- both good and bad- Parrish shines light on all sides. thank you Steve...I am sure it was a tough story to tell.

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Passion and Compassion

Best insight into the band members for me yet, especially Jerry. Steve's words were honest, revealing, and compassionate as well. There were times I felt what it would have been like to be on that stage as a roadie and Dead family member. Thank you Steve!

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My favorite dead book.

Getting a perspective of a crew member, so intimately involved as well as having an outside perspective , makes this my personal favorite Book on the Grateful Dead. Steve is a gifted bard and writer.

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Very well done Steve learned thing's I never new.

I can relate to so much of your story. Not quite as hardcore or for as long. But I can relate most definitely. Worth listening to most definitely!!!!

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excellent

I have read most of the Grateful Dead related books and this one is at the top. Steve is a very funny guy, and the story is incredibly true and entertaining

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Steve was close to Jerry

I loved his story, honest but real. The good and the bad. Thanks for this book, Steve. The end hurt, but was cathartic.

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Any true Deadhead is gonna be into this story

This audiobook delivers on what your hoping for, some new stories and a different perspective on the history and tales that we all know so well. I find Steve Parish a likable sort although he’s pretentious, has a fake modesty that’s annoying and is terribly repetitive. Despite those big drawbacks, there are several others, but those are the qualities that irk me the most. The book is interesting, lively, at times thoughtful and honestly the same reason that we all our shameless voyeurs, looking in on a guy’s life that you can only speculate about. This dude is a cool guy, despite his repetitive antics and fake the Everyman persona where he constantly lauds how incredible they all were at n
Kiki whatever the hell he’s talking about, the next sentence he’ll be like I was just a man who hauled equipment and the music, the sound was all that mattered. I wish I could tell him STFU and just spin some yarns of the days of yore and cut the pretense. His sexual escapades are epic and he reiterates two themes throughout the reading, that coke and heroin are terrible drugs that ruin lives and they are nothing more than certain ruin and that Steve Parish f’d jos.