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This book is actually something I looked forward to a great deal although I did not encounter it until it was on library shelves As the minder in many ways for Garcia s instruments for over 25 years, Parish relates the tale of how he came to work for the band, the many psychological tests and torments, and the joys which sometimes seemed fleeting, but left him with the knowledge that he kept his integrity about himself while working in a high pressure and often tense atmosphere I was lucky e This book is actually something I looked forward to a great deal although I did not encounter it until it was on library shelves As the minder in many ways for Garcia s instruments for over 25 years, Parish relates the tale of how he came to work for the band, the many psychological tests and torments, and the joys which sometimes seemed fleeting, but left him with the knowledge that he kept his integrity about himself while working in a high pressure and often tense atmosphere I was lucky enough to meet Steve on a night I was introduced by him to the Dead s female vocalist, Mrs Donna Godchaux I didn t meet her husband Keith that evening, although we shared an interesting time that night as well and the Jerry Garcia Band s then manager, Richard Loren And happily enough, had a brief encounter with the man himself, on his way out to his car afterward I had often heard about this supposed fierce personality of Parish s, but I never saw any evidence of the truth in the way I was personally treated, as a fan and hanger on He really is a warm person, but the pressure of their working situation is that there s an awful lot of crap the band generally had has to go through just to be able to get up on stage and the crew were no exception If you minded yourself and kept out of the way, then they were all too happy to have you around or, as my friend TC once put it, in a different context, They were as happy to have me there as I was to be there and the evening itself remains one of my fondest memories from the years I managed to stick to my guns as a die hard Garcia loyalist It also dwells and this was where he and I really saw eye to eye on the frustrations of having to deal with Jerry s recalcitrant and intractable heroin problem As his daughter Annabelle put it, in those days, you really had to walk on eggs around him A lot of things I might have said or did, in fact, in a friendly letter, as he recovered from his diabetic coma incident could not be said to his face, and the effort the entire band went through to try and get him to leave off and garner real concern for his life and health are documented here If anyone could make you laugh or cry, it was Garcia, dead or alive, and this book is a very special testimony from the inside of the all too attractive GD whirlpool As Mrs Godchaux I think once said, the Grateful Dead has an ability to suck people in in ways that are sometimes harmful to them Not all of us bought the need for the Persian just because JG did, Steve amongst them I am grateful to him for all the years he gave the best of himself and empathize deeply with the personal losses he also recounts herein as well as for that particular night I shared with the JGB in Palo Alto Read it and figure things for yourself There will never be another Grateful Dead nor another Jerry Garcia And this book gets you at least, a little bit further into understanding a few of the reasons they and no others became the premier survivor rock and roll band in the USA Beautifully writtenThe book was a wonderful insight into the life of working with the Grateful Dead I highly recommend this book of you are a fan of the music. I read and re read this tome like Mormons do the Book and The Doctrine Steve does not give an F who you think you are He knows the secret, We all the exact same Carried hisself as such too, like a soldier, like a lady, like every gentleman ort Not cocky, but self assured He knew he was just as important to the magic as Jerry Garcia Hell we all were Jerry didn t set out to create a rock star, but magic, art, using light, sound and us, dance Steve just told the truth about it all First st I read and re read this tome like Mormons do the Book and The Doctrine Steve does not give an F who you think you are He knows the secret, We all the exact same Carried hisself as such too, like a soldier, like a lady, like every gentleman ort Not cocky, but self assured He knew he was just as important to the magic as Jerry Garcia Hell we all were Jerry didn t set out to create a rock star, but magic, art, using light, sound and us, dance Steve just told the truth about it all First story I read with no punches, all truth, eidetic memory, for all the good stuff Hard Same One of the better Grateful Dead memoirs top 3 for sure This one skews toward the tell all style but is still heartfelt and personal at its core The writing style is simple but honest There s not a lot of deep thinking, but that s not what I was expecting It s an enjoyable, funny page turner..could have probably finished it in one sitting Recommended without reservation for all Deadheads and many most music fans My Rating 4.2 SmoothGreat stories from someone who was actually there If you re a fan of the big Steve hour on Grateful Dead radio then this book is for you. Good Easy ReadSteve gave good i sight into what it was like being in the crew He also offer glimpses as to the personalities of the band members with a lot of focus on Jerry. The untold story of life on the road with the Grateful Dead, written by an insider who lived it from the early days to todaySteve Parish was never one to walk the straight and narrow, even during his childhood growing up in Flushing Meadow, Queens Busted as a teenager for selling acid in the summer of , Parish landed in Riker s Island The experience changed him and after getting out he did his best to stay out of trouble, securing a job moving music equipment at the New York State Pavilion The first show he worked was a Grateful Dead concert in July ofand Parish was captivated by the music A life seemingly headed nowhere had suddenly found its calling as he fell in quickly with a band of likeminded misfits who formed the nucleus of what would be the greatest road crew in rock n roll historyParish traveled to California where his apprenticeship began Working for the band for free and learning his craft, Parish got to know Jerry, Bobby, Phil, Billy and Mickey and through the years their relationships forged an unbreakable bond He became very close with Garcia in particular, acting as his personal roadie and later manager for his solo performances and Garcia Band shows He was there during times of trouble like when a pimp held Garcia hostage at gunpoint in a New York hotel room , spending hours by his bedside when Garcia was in a coma in , and performing the duties of best man at his wedding He was also the last friend to see Garcia alive Throughout the Dead s historic run, there were parties of biblical proportion and celebrity run ins with everybody from Bob Dylan to Frank Sinatra but there was a dark side to life on the road and tragedy didn t just strike the musiciansBut Home Before Daylight is a story of friendship, of music and redemption It is a piece of music history, one that reflects the American spirit of adventure and brotherhood Seen through Steve Parish s eyes and experiences, The Grateful Dead s wild ride has never been so revealing Really enjoyed the Parish detail on the scene, the bands and Garcia Terribly sad portrayal of Garcia s physical, spiritual and musical descent into junkie hell and death. Amazing He has an interesting world view, but he should have dished.