Growing up Dead The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead

ISBN-10: 0306817330
ISBN-13: 9780306817335
Edition: 2009
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Description: Told against the backdrop of the American landscape of the late '80s to the mid-'90s,Growing Up Deadis the story of Peter Conners's journey from straight-laced suburban kid to touring Deadhead. Peter discovered the Grateful Dead in 1985, at the age  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/31/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Told against the backdrop of the American landscape of the late '80s to the mid-'90s,Growing Up Deadis the story of Peter Conners's journey from straight-laced suburban kid to touring Deadhead. Peter discovered the Grateful Dead in 1985, at the age of 15, through friends who exchanged bootleg tapes of live Grateful Dead concerts. A teenager living in the suburbs of Rochester, New York, he became exposed to an entirely new way of life, and friends who were enjoying more freedom and less parental guidance. At the age of 16, he attended his first Grateful Dead concert on June 30, 1987 - he was hooked. Between 1987 and 1995, Conners would attend Dead 'shows' all over the United States. He traveled with a makeshift 'family' of other Deadheads in a Volkswagen camper, selling drugs and whatever else would provide gas money to the next concert. His hair was a wild, unkempt bush and baths were infrequent. In short, he had progressed from suburban kid, to Grateful Dead fan, to full-blown Deadhead. Chronicling this progression, which culminates with the 1995 death of Jerry Garcia, Conners reveals the truth behind Deadhead culture and history. The result is a riveting insight into the obsessive fandom that made The Grateful Dead the most successful touring band of all time, as well as a cultural phenomenon.

Peter Conners is author of the memoir, Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead (Da Capo Press, 2009). His other books include the prose poetry collection Of Whiskey and Winter (White Pine Press, 2008) and the novella Emily Ate the Wind (Marick Press, 2007). His next poetry collection, The Crows Were Laughing in their Trees , will be published by White Pine Press in spring 2011. Conners is the publisher of BOAnbsp;Editions, a Rochester-based Pulitzer-Prize- and National-Book-Award-winning publishing house.

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