Why another Grateful Dead photo book? There's a story to that and I want to share it with you...
'Alive' represents 25 years of my photographic work with the Grateful Dead and their later shape-shifting incarnations, providing a visual history of them not only performing at a whole bunch of shows but also offstage, pursuing outside interests and activities, many of which not only did good for the world but brought together some strange and wonderful combinations of people. Of course it all starts with the band on stage, forever improvising from their rich oeuvre.
I loved the band, their music, and their marvelous cast of surrounding characters, a family that put the fun in dysfunctional! After I married (the band's historian and publicist) Dennis McNally in 1985, I was fortunate to be around for a great variety of band related events, public, private, personal, political and musical, and also to be able to document this experience photographically.
This book is a unique visual cross section of life around the Dead in the 'middle age' of the band when they were already rock stars, no longer the communal hippie family of the early days, but with their persona and influence rippling out steadily into the world.
My ultimate goal is to produce a limited edition large format (11" x 8.5") hardcover photo book of about 175 pages which will cost around $25,000. My goal in seeking your help via this Kickstarter campaign is to raise $12,500 upfront.
Check out the rewards - there is a lot of fun stuff there for you to pick and choose from! I am most grateful for any support that you wish to offer, and I look forward to sharing this book and its wonderful visual memories of the Grateful Dead with you.
Risks and challenges
There is a minimum of risk investing in this creative endeavor since the lion's share of the work - including sourcing and scanning hundreds of images - has already been done.
I am working with competent and caring professionals on the final design of the book cover and the layout and production of the book.This book is the main focus of my work, and the only caveat I offer is that there might be unforeseen delays, which is why I give a 2 month period , between 12/15 and 2/16 for fulfillment.
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