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By Phil Lesh

During this ruthlessly sincere bestseller, the bass participant for the best improvisational band in American heritage tells the entire, actual tale of his lifestyles, Jerry Garcia, and the thankful lifeless. of photographs.

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Comes dashing down the balcony stairs—“Phil! Come right here! You’ve bought to work out this! ” What? What? I stick to her as much as the balcony, the place Jerry, Bob, and 2 roadies are status open-mouthed and pointing towards the level. initially all I see is the woodland, no longer the trees—an orchestra playing—but then Jer says, “The cellist! ” i glance down on the solo cellist—and he's me. related face, comparable hair (only shorter), related construct; after they holiday and he stands up—the comparable gait, an analogous posture—I’m flabbergasted. I had learn, in fact, that everybody has a double someplace, yet I’d consistently considered that as a people legend—until I observed mine. I come to a decision that i need to come nose to nose with him somehow—so I run downstairs to the behind the scenes sector. Having left my bell-bottoms and paisley interval at the back of, I’m now dressed like an American cowboy—boots, denims, checked blouse, Levi’s jacket—everything however the hat. you could think the innovations operating during the minds of this man’s colleagues, their heads snapping round in double takes as I go through them. behind the curtain, one other whole orchestra is rehearsing in an important room; the opposite musicians are dispersing. I by no means stumbled on this man, yet oh, how i needed to shake his hand and discover his identify. may it were Lesch? Lösch? directly to Paris, the place apparently the innovative spirit of 1968 had now not completely disappeared from the streets; anyone complaining loudly and at size that we had no correct to come back there and never play loose “for the folk” faced our team in the course of the load-out. not just that, yet he us again to our resort (the Grand inn, now not precisely the position “people’s band” may have enough money to stick) and endured his harangue from the plaza in entrance of the most front. Now this individual used to be clothed in a truly great lavender jacket, and occurred at one aspect to tempt fortune via status without delay lower than the window of the room occupied via roadies Rex Jackson and Sonny Heard. anyone urged that the colour brown may make an exceptional previous distinction with the jacket; and presto! Out the window and over the pinnacle of our advantageous French buddy went the nice and cozy remnants of Rex’s room-service chocolate ice cream. The howls of concern might have been heard in Berlin, yet we have been quickly to benefit that there will be a value to pay for our little second of euphoria. Our subsequent scheduled gig was once on the collage in Lille, simply south of the Belgian border. think our consternation once we came upon that somebody had insinuated airborne dirt and dust into the gasoline tank of our apparatus truck because it sat trustingly at the streets of Paris; whilst it was once time for the gig there we have been, yet our gear—amps, guitars, drums, PA—was nonetheless numerous hours in the back of us in a fast rented backup car. We held a short council of battle to choose our plan of action. may still we simply now not appear? may still we ship Rock to take the warmth? As ordinary it was once Jerry who insisted that we do the precise factor; a few of us (but no longer him) needs to cross there and check out to provide an explanation for. So, photograph this should you will: a smallish venue choked with scholars; the promoters, scholars themselves, freaking up the wall, their funding absolutely blown; the band, workforce, and administration at the degree attempting to clarify in a single and a part languages (English and Franglais); the temper of the scholars transforming into ever extra restive and unpleasant; the one safe haven a small dressing room in the back of the degree.

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