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A stunning 200-pg. hardcover coffee table book spanning almost 40 years of epic Grateful Dead photos and stories by Bob Minkin.
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Thank you for the tremendous support! 
I cannot say "Thank You" enough!

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Do you like the Grateful Dead? Then you will LOVE this book! 

I am asking for your help to raise funds to produce this  200-page (approx.), 12” x 9” hard cover volume with hundreds of never before seen photographs from my archives.

In addition to live images, my book LIVE DEAD will feature intimate backstage shots, photos of the the tour scene and even inside the Dead's legendary "Vault".

Backstage at Laguna Seca, Monterey May, 1987
Backstage at Laguna Seca, Monterey May, 1987
Phil at home, April 1999
Phil at home, April 1999
JFK Stadium, 7-10-87
JFK Stadium, 7-10-87

These indelible images capture the essence of the Dead including peak moments from their concerts at dozens of venues such as Red Rocks, Winterland, Radio City, Capitol Theater, Europe '81 and so many more...

I'm including behind the scenes stories of many of the images I captured and tales from the road — experiences every Deadhead can relate too.

Red Rocks 8-12-79
Red Rocks 8-12-79
Jerry and Brent - Shoreline 1990
Jerry and Brent - Shoreline 1990
Jerry and Mickey, United Nations, NYC 9-13-88
Jerry and Mickey, United Nations, NYC 9-13-88
Billy Kreutzman and Keith Godchaux - May 1979
Billy Kreutzman and Keith Godchaux - May 1979
Jerry Garcia Band - Roseland, NYC - May 1983
Jerry Garcia Band - Roseland, NYC - May 1983
Jerry Garcia Band -Palladium, NYC 11-27-77
Jerry Garcia Band -Palladium, NYC 11-27-77

The post Grateful Dead years will also be represented, including Furthur, Phil Lesh & Friends, Ratdog, and the current musical renaissance now happening in Marin County with Terrapin Crossroads, Sweetwater Music Hall and Bob Weir's TRI Studios.

Furthur - Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley, CA 1-16-13
Furthur - Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley, CA 1-16-13

This unique book spans four decades of documenting “The Band Beyond Description” by a single photographer.

From my days as senior photographer for Relix Magazine to my tenure as chief package designer for Grateful Dead Productions I've enjoyed incredible access and insight into the band we love and want to share it with you.

Designs created by Bob for for Dick's Picks 26 - 30
Designs created by Bob for for Dick's Picks 26 - 30

My small team and I are in the process of scanning and retouching  hundreds of images, and writing and designing the book. I have selected a printer I've worked with for many years that consistently delivers superior, high quality products. In addition to printing a full run of the book, I will also commission a special, limited edition version in a beautiful hard case and include an original signed photograph of Jerry Garcia.  

This book will cost upwards of $20,000 to produce and publish, and funds raised from this Kickstarter campaign will help pay to get it made and in your hands to enjoy forever.

I have much gratitude for any help you can give and have set up a rewards program that will make it worth your while to help. Please consider the $40 level of support which will serve as an advance purchase of the book.

Thank You!

Marin IJ Interview with Bob Minkin http://www.marinij.com/marin/ci_5159814

Jerry Garcia and Bob Minkin - Monterey, CA - May 1987
Jerry Garcia and Bob Minkin - Monterey, CA - May 1987

Risks and challenges

As a professional graphic designer and project manager, I do not foresee any major risk in producing this book.

I'm confident I can reach my financial goal to publish this labor of love. I've produced dozens of CD/DVD releases for Grateful Dead Productions, and hundreds of other print and web based projects for a variety of clients including Fortune 500 companies, startups and non-profits.

I'm driven to have this project — one that is so close to my heart — completed in the timeframe indicated and in the highest quality possible.

I'm happy to answer any questions at all regarding this project. Please contact me at bob@minkinphotography.com

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    Thanks so much for your support, every bit helps! Hope to say hello to you at a show soon!

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    Thanks for being the coolest by helping me bring this book to life. Your name will be listed in "LIVE DEAD" as a supporter!

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    You'll be among the first to receive "LIVE DEAD" when it's hot off the press, with free shipping! As an extra thank you your name will be listed in the book as a supporter and Bob will sign your copy.

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    You'll receive a beautiful, signed, limited edition of "LIVE DEAD" in a specially designed boxed case (only 100 produced), along with free shipping. I'll also include an 8.5" x 11" photograph of Jerry Garcia signed by Bob Minkin. As an extra thank you, your name will be listed in the book as a supporter!

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    You'll receive a beautiful, signed, limited edition of "LIVE DEAD" in a specially designed boxed case (only 100 produced), along with free shipping. I'll also include an 8.5" x 11" photograph of YOUR choice from ANY photo in "LIVE DEAD" signed by Bob Minkin. As an extra thank you, your name will be listed in the book as a supporter!

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    You'll receive a beautiful, signed, limited edition of "LIVE DEAD" in a specially designed boxed case (only 100 produced), along with free shipping. I'll also include an 11" x 14" photograph of YOUR choice from ANY photo in "LIVE DEAD" signed by Bob Minkin. As an extra thank you, your name will be listed in the book as a supporter!

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    I will present you with your signed, hardcover book and you will be my guest for dinner and a show at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA. Date will be subject to our mutual schedules and you will be responsible for your transportation to Mill Valley. Also, your name will be listed in "LIVE DEAD" as a supporter! And... I'll also include an 8.5" x 11" photograph of Jerry Garcia signed by Bob Minkin!

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    This will be a fantastic adventure! I will present you with your signed, book and then we'll take in a Grateful Dead themed sightseeing flight over Haight Ashbury and Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, San Rafael and Olompali in Marin County. It will be an approximately one-hour flight leaving from Marin County Airport in Novato, CA. After our flight, you will be my guest for brunch at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA. Date will be subject to our mutual schedules and you are responsible for your transportation to San Rafael/Novato. Also, your name will also be listed in "LIVE DEAD" as a supporter! And... I'll also include an 8.5" x 11" photograph of Jerry Garcia signed by Bob Minkin!

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