Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Long Strange Trip

I know more than a few folks who frequent bookofkills.com are long-time Deadheads. I probably don't have to tell you this if you are, but the new Grateful Dead documentary, LONG STRANGE TRIP is indeed long and strange. It's also destined to be remembered as one of the greatest rock-docs of all time. I saw just an hour of it last evening on Amazon Prime and found it immensely compelling. If you're a member of Amazon Prime, seek it out. If you're not, find a way to watch it. But I have to warn you: You might find yourself falling into the Dead's grip. The documentary makes me so thankful that I was able to witness dozens of the band's performances from the early '70s through the early '80s.

“I think with anything, there’s a living and a dead part. And I think the Grateful Dead is alive and well in the life choices of millions of Deadheads. You can’t say that the way [Minnesota Senator] Al Franken is acting as a senator is not inflected by the Grateful Dead.” -- Amir Bar-Lev

"The standard show-biz formula that says you have to repeat your most successful gesture seems to eat up performers very fast. Musicians buy that and they burn out, lose interest in music – and it’s understandable. It’s very hard to play exactly the same thing night after night without getting terribly bored." -- Jerry Garcia

"Bicycles are almost as good as guitars for meeting girls." -- Bob Weir