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Grateful Dead’s Bill Kreutzmann to release memoir

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of legendary rockers the Grateful Dead, and they’re celebrating in style. In July, the band’s surviving members will reunite for a trio of shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field. A new documentary chronicling the group’s storied career, produced by Martin Scorsese, is also in the works. Now, founding member and drummer Bill Kreutzmann has announced plans to release a detailed Grateful Dead memoir this May.

Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead is described as an “unflinching and wild account of playing in the greatest improvisational band of all time.” It’s all filtered through the eyes of Kreutzman, a man who “lived life to the fullest, pushing the boundaries of drugs, drums and high times, through devastating tragedy and remarkable triumph.”

(Read: No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead by Peter Richardson)

To a larger extent, the book will also explore the Dead’s many counterparts, including Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, The Who, and the countless other artists who shaped the pop culture lexicon of the ’60s and ’70s. The 416-page tome features rare photos and cover artwork by famed artist Stanley Mouse.

Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead is set to hit shelves on May 5th through St. Martin’s Press. Pre-orders are ongoing.

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