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Deal ❰KINDLE❯ ✾ Deal Author Bill Kreutzmann – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk The Grateful Dead are perhaps the most legendary American rock band of all time For thirty years beginning in the hippie scene of San Francisco in 1965 they were a musical institution the original jam The Grateful Dead are perhaps the most legendary American rock band of all time For thirty years beginning in the hippie scene of San Francisco in they were a musical institution the original jam band that broke new ground in so many ways From the music to their live concert sound systems and fan recordings they were forward thinking champions of artistic control and outlaw artists who marched to the beat of their own drumsIn Deal Bill Kreutzmann one of their founding members and drummer for every one of their over concerts has written an unflinching and wild account of playing in the greatest improvisational band of all time Everything a rock music fan would expect is here but what sets this apart is Bill's incredible life of adventure that was at the heart of the Grateful Dead experience This was a band that knew no limits and Bill lived life to the fullest pushing the boundaries of drugs drums and high times through devastating tragedy and remarkable triumphBut at this book's beating heart is the music theirs and others Some of the greatest musicians and concerts were a part of the Grateful Dead's career from sharing the stage with Janis Joplin Bob Dylan and The Who to playing in the Acid Tests The Monterey Pop Festival Woodstock and Altamont Bill's life is a chronicle of American music and pop culture history and his epic personal journey is one of sonic discovery and thrilling experiences.

  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Deal
  • Bill Kreutzmann
  • English
  • 09 October 2016
  • 9781250033796

About the Author: Bill Kreutzmann

BILL KREUTZMANN co founded the Grateful Dead in with his musical cohorts Jerry Garcia Bob Weir Ron Pigpen McKernan and Phil Lesh As the drummer in that band for all years until they disbanded in he performed than concerts and played on every one of their albums He continues to play music in various bands including Billy and the Kids He lives on an organic farm in H.

10 thoughts on “Deal

  1. Todd Strasser Todd Strasser says:

    Disappointed but still hopeful I want very much to like this book but so far it's just a rehash of stuff most deadheads already know The Dead took a lot of acid? They hung out with Kesey and were the house band for the acid tests? Owsley financed them? Duh I wish Kreutzmann had realized that this information is nothing new and had focused instead on the interpersonal relationships among the band members how they wrote songs or chose and arranged the covers they played Kreutzmann feels bad that Pigpen was the only one in the group who didn't routinely trip but it would have been interesting to know what he thought the reason for this was or how it affected Pigpen's life with the band What was Pigpen doing while the others tripped? What were the bands' rehearsals like? Did everyone always want to rehearse? Was there ever a time when someone was too effed up to play? Was there no tension in the band? Who made the musical decisions? Was there ever a time when it was someone other than Jerry? In addition it would be great to know what Kreutzmann thought of people like Kesey Cassady and the alternative lives they were leading He seems to forget that most people his age were going to war or college and then getting jobs What did it feel like not to do that? Anyway like I said I'm still hopeful that he'll get into some depth in this book instead of just reciting a boring itinerary of where he went who was there and how much acid they dropped

  2. David Schwarm David Schwarm says:

    I love the Grateful Dead I love them for the same reason Billy loves them they are experimental risk takers who never stopped seeking to find the kind heart within every moment I did not love this book because it is clearly written by a ghost writer who brought a format to the proceeding which just does not really work we do the year by year break down of the big moments of the band mostly stories events we all know the time at Woodstock the Time in Europe the time in fill in the blank I love these times but the format does not allow us to get into the mind of Billy he seems to be forcing the 'here is something you don't know' or 'here is a wild rock star story or whateverI want a book that explains how the metronome of the worlds greatest band TICKSI want the childhood I want the divorce I want the school stories I want to know what books he was reading what he was listening to honestly a Billy's top ten book list would have provided me joy than thisthe Recovery stories are brutal misleading The mom's suicide story is likely the highlight of the book feel VERY rushed and fueled by anger at the Recovery process which I think could really use exploration discussion Particularly in light of his own daughter writing him out of his lifeI mean this could have been a much interesting collection of journal writings on just those TWO topics rather then a collection of juvenile car race silly stories inventories of all the bands he was in since the Deadthe 'this is a love letter to my wife Amy' feels so emotionally dishonest after his fifth wife I mean really? How are we supposed to trust a Merry Prankster with a track record like thisI am glad that I read this book but it is very frustrating for its lack of analysis and tight structure

  3. Duffy Pratt Duffy Pratt says:

    The websites and catalogs note that Drums was the most played song in the band's repertoire I have to admit it was never a favorite of mine It was for me of a prelude to Space which was often the high point And I didn't have particularly high expectations for this book So I was pleasantly surprisedIn general I am not a big fan of drummers and especially not of the drummers other people think of as virtuosos I have little use for the Neal Pearts the Keith Moons or the Ginger Bakers or the Buddy Rich's for that matter I prefer a restrained approach as with Ringo or Levon Helm or Jim KeltnerSo for the most part I either haven't paid much attention to Bill and Mickey And when I have its typically because their approach has tended to homogenize a bunch of the the band's stuff There was a time when almost everything took on a slightly reggaecajun feel and I think that was mostly the doing of the drummers But I have to admit there are other times when the drumming is astonishingly good And it tends to be in the jams the free sections the exploratory parts of The Other One or Dark Star etcThe first thing that impresses me about this book is how strongly Kreutzmann's commitment to the music comes through He subtitles the book with drumming dreams and drugs I would say that the topics of importance in the book are not exactly these but rather in order music drugs and pranks But always the music comes first The same thing rang true in Lesh's book but he seemed to think of the music as a vehicle for the group mind as a way to find something greater Kreutzmann on the contrary gives the impression that there is nothing greater The reason the group mind is important for Kreutzmann is because it makes better music not the other way around It was also refreshing to hear his opinions about the musical abilities of other players mostly keyboard players for some reason there is hardly a word about Phil or Bobby's playing hereAs for drugs Kreutzmann is brutally honest Drugs made the band and broke it Pot and acid are good Cocaine prescription drugs and heroin not so much It's clear that he probably did drugs himself than all the people I have ever known combined And he is now remarkably clear headed about things But there is also a repeated theme of him not remembering stuff and its pretty clear that he doesn't remember large chunks of his life because he was simply too drugged out at the time At no time in the book did I get the feeling that he was either glorifying drugs or telling the cliche tale of regret Rather he was simply being candidThe tales of the pranks are fun I suppose lots of them appear elsewhere But even if I had heard some of the stories before it was fun to get his take on them And lots of them are new and they were almost always enjoyable Kreutzmann's voice comes through and it sounds like he is casually telling stories which suits a memoir of this sort uite wellWhat's missing for me is anything particularly deep about the relationships between the band members He discusses his relationship with Jerry at some length And he describes how Mickey was first something of a mentor to him And there's a fair bit about Pigpen But he lived with Phil and Bob for years and I get almost no impression at all about how they interact And there's also almost nothing about his interactions with Keith Donna Brent Vince etc I got a clearer impression of his relationship with John Belushi than I did of his relationship with Bobby for example Perhaps this is because his relationship with Bobby is ongoing and he wants to be a little careful there But it does come across as a bit of a whole in an otherwise candid memoirSome people have complained that this book is a bit scattered and jumps all over the place Others have complained that he is going over old material But that's what the Dead did They played the same stuff again and again and they did it in ways that were scattered at times and seemed to jump around But when it worked it was magic I wouldn't go that far with this book but when it works it is very good and well worth reading

  4. Marcia Kreutzmann Marcia Kreutzmann says:

    This is my brother so it is not easy to write this down but had he let a best that money could buy editor work with him this would have been a super great book His stories are wonderful but it has a disjointed feel no real chronology to it A collection of interesting stories Benjy Einsen of Rolling Stone magazine is listed as co author Their target audience was the fans of the Grateful Dead known as Deadheads The target audience should have been anyone and everyone with an interest in history specifically music and cultural history because that is Billy's TRUE story He is part and parcel of the American culture of the 1960sThat being said I did learn many details about events that were withheld from the family lore I never knew he was busted for the pot garden or that Susila his pregnant wife had to spend time in jail for possession of marijuanaI am glad he wrote it the deadheads have taken it apart and boiled it down to the main essentials and it is done 200 years from now people will read maybe even admire and gawk at the insanity of Americans in this period

  5. Mark Mark says:

    I might have to say about this book in a month or so suffice to say having read it I am happy I did I am glad learning that Bill took about as much pleasure in Mickey Hart returning to the band as I did which is to say not a whole lot Mickey came to the band and hypnotized Bill once I am not unsure if he didn't hypnotize his way into coming back either but just the same I always felt that Kreutzmann was the best drummer in rock and roll hands down Say what you like about Ringo having to play with the greatest songwriters of the 20th C; at that Ringo and the Beatles were never JAMMERS In fact I've often felt they couldn't jam their way out of a paper bag But the Dead were the most virtuosic of the 1960's rock and roll bands the jam band par excellence and for them Kreutzmann was their backbone Ringo in comparison is downright sloppy Kreutzmann was always snappy and THERE Whatever When Mickey Hart rejoined them well all anyone need do is watch the return of Mickey in the Grateful Dead Movie Johnny B Goode and you see by the result it is obvious Kreutzmann is back there keeping time while Hart thuds away Philistine fashion in a manner completely unsuited to the musical structure of the song And then they went on like this for twenty one years like a popcorn machine going off behind us as Garcia put it and the music became and leaden and earthbound in result While it was just Bill behind them their music had breath air and could approximate a levitational ambiguity You never knew where it was headed and there was complete unpredicatability in it So yes call me a partisan a factionalist what have you I care not a whit but in my critical mind Kreutzmann is the better of the two I think you need have been hypnotized yourself perhaps in thinking of the Rhythm Devils as an inseparable duo But Bill was outvoted he claims in the matter of Hart's return But here I said I would not have much to say and I'll keep it at that Always great to read someone who was there tell things like they saw it

  6. Tiffany Mercer Tiffany Mercer says:

    This book was just absolutely insane and so interesting It was such a great story and I loved the section about Egypt at the most The only tough part was that he is so all over the place with his storytelling it literally the entire book is even in his own words words back and forth between time periods Luckily that doesn’t detract from the storytelling at all and each story is as eually crazy or crazier as the last What an incredibly amazing life story You don’t have to like the Dead to enjoy it

  7. George Bradford George Bradford says:

    This is not the definitive history But it is a fascinating account And it is honestly told by a man who was only in it for the MusicIf Jerry Garcia was the heart andor soul of The Grateful Dead Bill Kreutzmann was the spirit And he tells his story from that vantage point Kreutzmann doesn't recall everything But what he does recount are the emotions of the experience Kreutzmann doesn't tell you merely what happened He shares with you what it felt like to be thereThe feelings weren't always good And Kreutzmann is up front about it Mistakes are made and disasters ensue This book does not sugar coat it That level of honesty is rare And Kreutzmann should be commended for itThere are numerous hilarious episodes This book is full of laughs Particularly in the beginning But countervailing tragedies pile up throughout the storyAs a drummer his focus was always on the Music And as a narrator the Music is always front and center The drugs and the sex are here of course But they are secondary to the Rock and Roll As they should be As a member of the band and as a teller of this tale Kreutzmann is consistent nothing is important to him than the MusicKreutzmann offers frank assessments of the other Musicians in The Grateful Dead as well as the band's performances and recordings He is forthright in chronicling of the band's highs and lows These are not always flattering But the are always honest And that makes Deal by Bill Kreutzmann a very good read

  8. Patrick O& Patrick O& says:

    This meandering memoir freuently doubles back on itself and probably reveals about the emotional cost of big time professional musicianship and near constant touring than Kreutzmann even intended Co author Benjy Eisen apparently decided just to sit with Kreutzmann and let his digital recorder run because the only pretense of organization in the narrative groups anecdotes from each of the band's three decades together Fortunately the book gets better as it goes along Not surprisingly legendary bandmate Jerry Garcia looms large in the telling Kreutzmann also strews some things I did not expect among the sex drugs and rock and roll His rueful look at what went wrong at Altamont in 1969 and his discourse from behind the drum kit on the hazards of playing keyboards for the Grateful Dead are particularly vividKreutzmann's insights into his own life seldom go deeper than follow your heart That might be why his bouuet for music looks bigger to this reader than his bouuet for familyAlthough this is not a book I want to keep I'm glad I read it and Kreutzmann's honesty impressed me

  9. Joey Hines Joey Hines says:

    Title aside this is a great read for Deadheads of any degree Benjy Eisen must've written down everything Bill said almost verbatim because the way the narrative jumps around time periods is ridiculous And yet it works; Billy's candor gives the book an enjoyable conversational tone I especially liked reading his opinions of the band's various recordings and the many post Dead offshoot bands like Trichromes 7 Walkers and Furthur

  10. Shruts Shruts says:

    As a medium intensity Deadhead I enjoyed this book fair enough if only for the insights within But I always thought that the purpose of a ghost writer this means you Benjy Eisen is to organize random thoughts in to a semblance of coherence OK rampant drug use was a hallmark of the Dead but those days are gone This book suffers from freuent tangents rambling repetitiveness and a general spaced out feel like Eisen was the stoner not Kruetzmann

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