By Peter Richardson
For nearly 3 many years, the thankful lifeless used to be America's preferred traveling band. No easy road is the 1st ebook to invite the straightforward query of why―and try to solution it. Drawing on new examine, interviews, and a clean offer of fabric from the thankful lifeless records, writer Peter Richardson vividly recounts the Dead's colourful heritage, including new perception into every thing from the Acid exams to the band's formation in their personal list label to their gigantic overdue profession good fortune, whereas probing the riddle of the Dead's giant and sturdy appeal.
Arguing that the band effectively tapped 3 robust utopian ideals―for ecstasy, mobility, and community―it additionally indicates how the Dead's lived adventure with those beliefs struck deep chords with generations of yankee formative years and keeps today.
Routinely caricatured via the mainstream media, the thankful lifeless are frequently portrayed as grizzled hippy throwbacks with a cult following of burned-out stoners. No uncomplicated road corrects that effect, revealing them to be probably the most renowned, flexible, and resilient tune ensembles within the moment half the 20 th century. The band's heritage has been well-documented via insiders, yet its detailed and sustained charm has but to be explored absolutely. finally, this mythical American musical establishment is given the intense and interesting exam it richly merits.