Jerry on Jerry

The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews

Edited by Dennis McNally
Foreword by Trixie Garcia


These never-before-published interviews with Jerry Garcia reveal his thoughts on religion, politics, his past and personal life, and his creative process. Jerry on Jerry provides new insight into the beloved frontman of the Grateful Dead in time for the 50th anniversary of the band.

Released by his estate and made available to the public for the first time and with a foreward by his daughter Trixie Garcia, these are some of the most candid, intimate interviews with Jerry Garcia ever published. Beginning in 1973, Dennis McNally, the Dead's publicist and biographer, recorded seven hours of unedited tape on which Jerry speaks opening about everything from his euphoric encounter with early R&B to hating himself for voting for Johnson in the '64 election. Jerry on Jerry deskills the most poignant, unguarded astute moments of these conversations, showing a side of Jerry that even his biggest fans have not known and the evolution of this beloved music legend. In addition, the estate is releasing more than 100 photographs and ephemera to be included throughout the book, including set lists and artwork by Jerry himself.

Dennis McNally is an author, historian, and music publicist. He was the publicist for the Grateful Dead and the band's authorized biographer. He is the author of the bestselling history of the band, A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead, as well as the recently published On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom and Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, The Beat Generation & America. He lives in San Francisco.

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