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Hardcover photographic memoir of the Grateful Dead by Susana Millman filled with band images+stories, private+public, from the '80s on.
Hardcover photographic memoir of the Grateful Dead by Susana Millman filled with band images+stories, private+public, from the '80s on.
Hardcover photographic memoir of the Grateful Dead by Susana Millman filled with band images+stories, private+public, from the '80s on.
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cal expo, sacramento 1990
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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.

giants stadium, june 1995
giants stadium, june 1995
jerry garcia, shoreline 1990
jerry garcia, shoreline 1990

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.

candlestick park, april 1993
candlestick park, april 1993
weir and chuck berry - hall of fame, nyc 1994
weir and chuck berry - hall of fame, nyc 1994
hornsby and weir- the other ones 1996
hornsby and weir- the other ones 1996

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.

Thank 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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    •Your heartfelt donation proves that you are kind indeed, and you have my eternal gratitude for caring enough to make this donation.
    •We will be creating a new website for "Alive with the Dead", and your name will be listed there as a supporter of this work!

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    •We are creating a page in "Alive with the Dead" listing the contributors, and your name will be listed on this page of supporter acknowledgement.
    •We will be creating a separate website for
    sales of the book, and your name will be listed there as well!
    •Your heartfelt donation proves that you are kind indeed, and you have my eternal gratitude for caring enough to make this donation.

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    •You will receive your copy of "Alive with the Dead" signed by Susana Millman as soon as it is available. Shipping is free.
    •You will be acknowledged by name as a supporter on both the website and the book.

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    •Special goodie:
    Signed 8.5x11 print of Jerry Garcia performing with the Grateful Dead.

    •Additional goodies:
    •You will receive your copy of "Alive with the Dead" signed by Susana Millman as soon as it is available, anticipated by 12/15, but guaranteed by 2/16.
    •You will be acknowledged by name as a supporter on both the website and the book.
    •Book and photo ship together with free shipping.

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    Special goodie:
    •2 employee laminates that belonged to Susana Millman, randomly selected from (winter)1985-1995(summer)

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    *Signed 8.5x11 print of Jerry Garcia performing with the Grateful Dead.
    ••You will receive your copy of Alive with the Dead signed by Susana Millman as soon as it is available, anticipated by 12/15, but guaranteed by 2/16.
    •You will be acknowledged by name as a supporter on both the website and the book.
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    Special goodie: one pair of mint condition unused NYE 1990 tie dye tickets.

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    *Signed 8.5x11 print of Jerry Garcia performing with the Grateful Dead.
    ••You will receive your copy of Alive with the Dead signed by Susana Millman as soon as it is available, anticipated by 12/15, but guaranteed by 2/16.
    •You will be acknowledged by name as a supporter on both the website and the book.
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    Special goodie:
    12x18 mounted signeded print of any image on my website (mamarazi.com) that can enlarge properly to that size.

    Additional goodies:
    *Signed 8.5x11 print of Jerry Garcia performing with the Grateful Dead.
    ••You will receive your copy of Alive with the Dead signed by Susana Millman as soon as it is available, anticipated by 12/15, but guaranteed by 2/16.
    •You will be acknowledged by name as a supporter on both the website and the book.
    •Big print ships separately
    •Book and small print ship together free shipping.

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    Special goodie: signed 16x24 mounted black and white greek press conference photo.

    Additional goodies:
    *Signed 8.5x11 print of Jerry Garcia performing with the Grateful Dead.
    ••You will receive your copy of Alive with the Dead signed by Susana Millman as soon as it is available, anticipated by 12/15, but guaranteed by 2/16.
    •You will be acknowledged by name as a supporter on both the website and the book.
    •Big print ships separately
    •Book and small print ship together free shipping.

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    Special goodie: signed 16x24 mounted greek theatre sunset photograph.

    Additional goodies:
    *Signed 8.5x11 print of Jerry Garcia performing with the Grateful Dead.
    ••You will receive your copy of Alive with the Dead signed by Susana Millman as soon as it is available, anticipated by 12/15, but guaranteed by 2/16.
    •You will be acknowledged by name as a supporter on both the website and the book.
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    Dinner with Susana Millman and Dennis McNally at their home in San Francisco or Sweetwater in Mill Valley at a mutually agreed upon time, where you will receive your copy of Alive with the Dead, signed Jerry print and an additional signed by
    Susana Millman12x18 Grateful Dead image as well as a signed Dennis McNally: A Long Strange Trip paperback. Bidder provides transportation to meeting for themselves.

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