Here is some big splashy news: our very good friends at Chronicle Books have just announced the publication of the Grateful Dead Scrapbook.
It collects a trove of rare removable memorabilia and evocative images culled from our very own Grateful Dead Archives here at UCSC. That's right, facsimiles of never-before-published photos, flyers, fan letters, and other eye-popping visuals are to be found. Renowned journalist Ben Fong-Torres contributes "a rich text that tells the band's story in a fresh way, centering each chapter on a pivotal song that encapsulates a certain era of the band's songwriting, performance, and community, and drawing on his personal knowledge of the San Francisco music scene and the band." It's all bound in an eye-catching slipcase and includes an audio CD.
Here's what Chronicle Books says of the author:
Ben Fong-Torres is the author of six books. He began writing for Rolling Stone with its 8th issue in 1968, and his writing has been published in numerous other magazines, including the main biography of Jerry Garcia for People Magazine's Tribute issue on the occasion of the singer's death in 1995. He lives in San Francisco.