The Bindery is delighted to host Joel Selvin and Pamela Turley for Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip. Please join us!
The Grateful Dead rose to greatness under the inspired leadership of guitarist Jerry Garcia, but the band very nearly died along with him. When Garcia passed away suddenly in August of 1995, the remaining band members experienced full crises of confidence and identity. So long defined by Garcia's vision for the group, the surviving "Core Four," as they came to be called, were reduced to conflicting agendas, strained relationships, and catastrophic business decisions that would leave the iconic band in shambles. Wrestling with how best to define their living legacy, the band made many attempts at restructuring, but it would take twenty years before relationships were mended enough for the Grateful Dead as fans remembered them to once again take the stage.
Acclaimed music journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joel Selvin was there for much of the turmoil following Garcia's death, and he'll offer a behind-the-scenes account of the ebbs and flows that occurred during the ensuing two decades. Plenty of books have been written about the rise of the Grateful Dead, but this final chapter of the band's history has never before been explored in detail. Culminating in the landmark tour bearing the same name, Fare Thee Well charts the arduous journey from Garcia's passing all the way up to the uneasy agreement between the Core Four that led to the series of shows celebrating the band's fiftieth anniversary and finally allowing for a proper, and joyous, sendoff of the group revered by so many.
Joel Selvin is an award-winning journalist who has covered pop music for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1970. Selvin is the author of the bestselling Summer of Love and coauthor, with Sammy Hagar, of the #1 New York Times bestseller Red. He has written twelve other books about pop music. Selvin lives in San Francisco, California.
Atlanta-based freelance writer Pamela Turley was the founder and executive director of Square Globe Theater, an award-winning educator and pioneer in the home schooling field, producer-writer of “Blind Alley Radio Show” for Atlanta NPR outlet, and author of a dating manual. Her articles on health, beauty and science have appeared in a variety of newspapers, magazines and Web sites. She attended more than 150 concerts by various editions of the post-Garcia Grateful Dead bands.
Please note: this event will be at The Bindery at 1727 Haight.
This is an all ages event. The bar opens at 7, event begins at 7:30pm.
RSVP appreciated but not required.
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