Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Grateful Dead Inspires Children’s Book

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Hippie parents will be grateful for this news: The Grateful Dead’s long, trippy story is being turned into a children’s book.

No, you’re not hallucinating. The book is called The Grateful Dead: What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been (Enslow), and is geared to tie-dyed loving tweens ages 10 to 14.

Author Michele C. Hollow is a lifelong Deadhead and wrote the book after interviewing Dead guitarist Bob Weir and band publicist Dennis McNally.

There was a lot of material for Hollow to pull through, but she mostly concentrated on the music.

She also felt obligated to talk about the Dead’s druggy past because she believes in being honest with kids, so she mentions the band’s use of LSD when it was still legal and Jerry Garcia’s heroin addiction.

The book hits stores in February and Hollow hopes it becomes a hit at libraries, book stores, and even Grateful Dead shows – though she hopes fans don’t bootleg it like they do with concert T-shirts.

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