Dark Star: An Oral Biography of Jerry Garcia
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For more than thirty years, Jerry Garcia was the musical and spiritual center of the Grateful Dead, one of the most popular rock bands of all time. In Dark Star, the first biography of Garcia published after his death, Garcia is remembered by those who knew him best. Together the voices in this oral biography explore his remarkable life: his childhood in San Francisco; the formation of his musical identity; the Dead's road to rock stardom; and his final, crushing addiction to heroin. Interviews with Jerry's former wives, lovers, family members, close friends, musical partners, and cultural cohorts create a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a rock-and-roll icon—and at the price of fame.
somebody because I’m not a doctor.” Randy FedExed to Jerry and I don’t know what the response was. They continued with the tour and Jerry seemed to get better while he was on the road but he still wasn’t doing well. Eileen Law: The kids at the shows would say, “Yeah, I got a feeling he’s slipping again.” It was scary to me because there would be that small percentage at the shows who I was sure would say, “He does it. So it must be cool.” And we were starting to have some ODs out there on the
formed around and a certain group formed around him when he and Marshall Leicester were together. Marsh was very very bright, and Jerry was very very bright and they had incredible amounts of fun aside from music. Sara Ruppenthal Garcia: Those guys had such keenly wry senses of humor. Those three. David Nelson, Hunter, and Jerry. The sidekicks. They loved each other a lot and played wonderful music together and shared a kind of an off-the-wall, quirky sensibility. I wasn’t good enough to play
one of them, he was all spruced up. Really looking sharp. Tux, tie, everything. He had kind of fair skin and he worked under his own name. Jose Garcia. Or Joe Garcia. Depending on the particular gathering he was with. When they got married, he went into the bar business because he got blackballed from the union and his band had a breakup. It was a job he had to take to survive. Back then, you had to take any damn thing. You couldn’t be really picky. So he got into the bar business with a
something else that you want me to do.” Clifford “Tiff” Garcia: Jerry was fourteen, fifteen. He could do what he wanted in the city with all people he knew before we moved. I think the kids I associated with were more on the hoodlum level. Partying dudes in Hagars, peg pants, and one-button rolls. At that time, Jerry was like a Richie and I was a Fonzie. Everyone I knew was a Fonzie. Everyone he knew was a Richie. Once he got to know Laird? Fonzie. 3 Laird Grant: When I was in the seventh
a little note that said, “Shiva Devil C.” Hold it up to a mirror. Except for the “h,” it’s “Clive Davis” spelled backwards. I had never sold a record in my life and I won. Jon Mcintire: Jerry had such a generous spirit to everyone and he would forgive so much and not judge. But all you had to do was disagree with something he felt deeply about and he would go after you ruthlessly. The first time he really dumped on me irrationally, I thought, “Oh, God, I guess I’m really close now. I’ve just