DK Publishing Announces 'Grateful Dead: The Illustrated Trip' - The Most Definitive Biography on Legendary Band to Date; Due in Stores in November 2003

Jul 23, 2003, 01:00 ET from DK Publishing

    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.
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     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.

SOURCE DK Publishing