NEW YORK, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Produced in collaboration with Grateful Dead Productions, Grateful Dead: The Illustrated Trip (DK Publishing; November 2003; $50; Hardcover) is the most comprehensive biography on this legendary band to date. Featuring a revealing foreword by band lyricist Robert Hunter and including contributions from Blair Jackson, Stephen Peters, Chuck Wills and longtime band historian and author Dennis McNally, this definitive, illustrated biography of the Grateful Dead is also a nostalgic history of psychedelia, the West Coast sound, and American counterculture. The book's unique format combines a visual encyclopedia with a chronology of the band's development to tell the real story of the Grateful Dead from its beginning to the present day by incorporating rare and never-before-seen photography. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030723/NYW010 ) The Grateful Dead were a revolutionary and pioneering rock band whose success cannot be measured in record sales but rather by their music and its undeniable influence on popular culture: the legions of loyal "Deadheads" worldwide who have made the band's performances as unique and lasting as their music. When the Grateful Dead were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, band member Ph il Lesh summed it up best when he said, "It's been long, it's been strange, and it's definitely been a trip ... ." Grateful Dead: The Illustrated Trip captures that journey in personal anecdotes, quotes, stories, maps and memorabilia that unfold simultaneously off the psychedelic colored pages -- giving way to the whole story built from moments and memories as recounted by band members and Deadheads. These are all incorporated into boxes -- including some 50 biography boxes on the Grateful Dead family and associates; detailed boxes on every album (including solo albums and side projects); over 50 boxes on key songs/compositions; nearly 300 information panels which document the political and social climate of each time period and every tour date ever played. The cover of Grateful Dead: The Illustrated Trip features original artwork by the legendary west coast artist and Dead collaborator Stanley Mouse. The publisher will also offer a limited-edition run of Grateful Dead: The Illustrated Trip featuring a tie-dyed clothbound book packaged inside a slipcase with an autographed, high-quality print of Mouse's original cover art suitable for framing. "They weren't pretty, but God they were visual," said longtime historian Dennis McNally. "Every picture you ever saw, every picture you haven't seen yet is in the Grateful Dead: The Illustrated Trip. It's an amazing amalgam of facts, anecdotes and pictures." Grateful Dead: The Illustrated Trip is due in stores in November 2003.
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