Welcome to the Web world of Garcia: An
American Life, and other projects associated with me, your humble
author, Blair Jackson. This site was
built initially to accommodate overflow material from Garcia: An
American Life, my biography of Grateful Dead
guitarist/singer/songwriter Jerry Garcia, which was published August 1,
1999 by the good people at Viking Books.
I recommend that you click on the
"About the Book" button to the left for a more detailed
description of what's on here (in "Cutting Room Floor") and why.
The other major feature we have up now is "JG on CD," an
extensive critical discography covering most of Jerry Garcia's recorded
work with the Grateful Dead, as a solo artist and as a session player on
albums by others.
What you see here now are my first baby steps on
the Web. I hope you'll forgive the lack of zippy moving graphics, zillions
of links and a lot of the other cool stuff you've probably grown
accustomed to in your Web surfing. My main goal was to get this
information up at the time the book was published in as simple a form as
possible; maybe up the road we can get into cosmetic improvements and
mind-blowing visuals. In the coming months, too, I hope to add more areas
to explore, including a more detailed bibliography, listing the sources of
all the quotes in the book and in the Web site additions; some favorite
reviews, stories and interviews I've written over the past 25 years for a
variety of publications (and not just about Grateful Dead-related
artists); and more current interviews and reviews that will form the
backbone of what I hope will be a free online version of The Golden
Road, the Dead fanzine my wife, Regan, and I published between 1984
Iíd love to hear your opinions about the book,
the site and just about anything else thatís on your mind.
Take care, everybody!