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In advance of this summer’s Fare Thee Well shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field, in his new memoir “DEAL: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead,” Bill Kreutzmann has written “a wild and unabashed account of playing in the greatest improvisational band of all time,” according to a press release.
“Everything a rock music fan would expect is here, but what sets this apart is Bill’s incredible life of adventure that was the heart of the Grateful Dead. This was a band that knew no limits and Bill lived life to the fullest, pushing the boundaries of drugs, drums and high times, through devastating tragedy and remarkable triumph,” according to a press release.
Kreutzmann, the press release states, co-founded the Grateful Dead in 1965 with Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, and Phil Lesh. As the Grateful Dead drummer for all 30 years until disbanding in 1995, he performed more than 2,300 concerts and played on every one of their albums. He continues to play music in various bands including Billy and the Kids. He lives on an organic farm in Hawaii.
The book is written with Benjy Eisen, whom has written for Rolling Stone, Esquire, Relix and so on. He lives in San Francisco, where he is currently finishing work on his first novel, “Oysterland.”