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Fare Thee Well

The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip

Joel Selvin Pamela Turley

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Little Brown
14 August 2018
A tell-all biography of the epic in-fighting of the Grateful Dead in the years following band leader Jerry Garcia's death in 1995.

The Grateful Dead rose to greatness under the inspired leadership of guitarist Jerry Garcia, but the band very nearly died along with him. When Garcia passed away suddenly in August of 1995, the remaining band members experienced full crises of confidence and identity. So long defined by Garcia's vision for the group, the surviving "Core Four," as they came to be called, were reduced to conflicting agendas, strained relationships, and catastrophic business decisions that would leave the iconic band in utter disarray. Wrestling with how best to define their living legacy, the band made many attempts at restructuring, but it would take twenty years before relationships were mended enough for the Grateful Dead as fans remembered them to once again take the stage.

Acclaimed music journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joel Selvin was there for much of the turmoil following Garcia's death, and he offers a behind-the-scenes account of the ebbs and flows that occurred during the ensuing two decades. Plenty of books have been written about the rise of the Grateful Dead, but this final chapter of the band's history has never before been explored in detail. Culminating in the landmark tour bearing the same name, Fare Thee Well charts the arduous journey from Garcia's passing all the way up to the uneasy agreement between the Core Four that led to the series of shows celebrating the band's fiftieth anniversary and finally allowing for a proper, and joyous, sendoff of the group revered by so many.
By:   Joel Selvin, Pamela Turley
Imprint:   Little Brown
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 158mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   500g
ISBN:   9780306903052
ISBN 10:   0306903059
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   14 August 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Joel Selvin is an award-winning journalist who has covered pop music for the San Francisco Chroniclesince 1970. Selvin is the author of the bestselling Summer of Love and coauthor, with Sammy Hagar, of the #1 New York Times bestseller Red. He has written twelve other books about pop music. Selvin lives in San Francisco, California.

Reviews for Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip

An unblinking and balanced look at the infighting, backbiting, rancor and resentments among the surviving 'core four' band members. --Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal


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