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February 4, 2010

Searching for the Sound, by Phil LeshI’ve read a lot of musicians’ autobiographies. On the whole, the generally poor quality of the writing is far outweighed by the epicness of the life story. I usually just have to look past this imbalance, since you could write a book about a rock star with only words under five letters and it would still be a hell of a story. This is not the case with Phil Lesh’s book. Searching for the Sound is refreshingly written in the affable, colloquial voice of the Grateful Dead’s pioneering bass player. There’s none of the eye-rolling bravado or posturing that often comes with rock star memoirs. And he’s got some seriously great stories to tell. My advice: Don’t read his description of the antics aboard the 1970 Festival Express train in a quiet coffee shop unless you’re looking to make an ass out of yourself with uncontrollable laughter…  It’s definitely been a long strange trip for the Dead, and Phil is a great tour guide.

This post also appears in the Books section of the very work-in-progress Library.

musicnotesPhil’s musical masterpiece “Box of Rain” – with poetically beautiful lyrics by Robert Hunter, this is the first Dead track that Phil sang lead vocals on.

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  1. Thelma permalink
    February 4, 2010 11:51 am

    I love Box of Rain!

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