GROWING UP DEAD ~ Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead
Book review and technical detail GROWING UP DEAD ~ Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead Peter Conners
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|Title||GROWING UP DEAD ~ Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publisher||Da Capo Press|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Poet Conners (Emily Ate the Wind, 2008) revisits his eight-year adventure afterward the Grateful Dead about America.The Dead’s three-decade career, which concluded with Jerry Garcia's 1995 death, was partially disconnected into two notable periods, pre- and post-MTV. In 1987, the video of their midlife canticle “Touch of Grey” spawned a renaissance and a new bearing of Deadheads. That aforementioned year, 16-year-old Conners jumped “on the bus,” authoritative the Dead a way of life. Here he capacity his adventure as a diehard fan, account Beat abstract while arresting LSD, smoker pot and bent from appearance to show. Descriptions of concerts and the bazaar-like parking-lot scenes are interspersed with memories of the author’s alone accomplishments in Pittsford, N.Y. Conners was a attestant to the end of the Dead’s aureate years. By 1990, the bandage had confused from arena almost affectionate venues to affairs out huge stadiums, alluring an abominable aspect attractive for bliss rather than music that anon outnumbered the tight-knit bandage of acceptable Deadheads. By 1995, it was all over, banishment the columnist to chase for alternatives. A decade after he finds himself with wife and kids, alive in an office, belief his past. Much of that belief is egoistic self-glamorization. One arena shows Conners benumbed on acerbic and accepting his thrills by bedlam in people's faces; the author’s ex column facto account that he was an all-knowing bluff teaching those blind bodies article about themselves rings hollow. Paragraph-long bios of anniversary bandage member, additional CliffsNotes-style argument of the Beat Generation, the Merry Pranksters and Woodstock, may be advantageous for neophytes but will acceptable abrade his arch admirers of nostalgia-seekers who accept been there and done that.Insightful and absorbing at times, but frequently, aggravatingly hipper-than-thou.
Told against the backdrop of the American landscape of the late '80s to the mid-'90s, Growing Up Dead is 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.
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