Home Before Daylight: My Life on the Road with the Grateful Dead by Steve ParishThe untold story of life on the road with the Grateful Dead, written by an insider who lived it from the early days to today.
Steve Parish was never one to walk the straight-and-narrow, even during his childhood growing up in Flushing Meadow, Queens. Busted as a teenager for selling acid in the summer of 1968, Parish landed in Rikers Island. The experience changed him and after getting out he did his best to stay out of trouble, securing a job moving music equipment at the New York State Pavilion. The first show he worked was a Grateful Dead concert in July of 1969 and Parish was captivated by the music. A life seemingly headed nowhere had suddenly found its calling as he fell in quickly with a band of likeminded misfits who formed the nucleus of what would be the greatest road crew in rock n roll history.
Parish traveled to California where his apprenticeship began. Working for the band for free and learning his craft, Parish got to know Jerry, Bobby, Phil, Billy and Mickey and through the years their relationships forged an unbreakable bond. He became very close with Garcia in particular, acting as his personal roadie and later manager for his solo performances and Garcia Band shows. He was there during times of trouble (like when a pimp held Garcia hostage at gunpoint in a New York hotel room), spending hours by his bedside when Garcia was in a coma in 1986, and performing the duties of best man at his wedding. He was also the last friend to see Garcia alive.
Throughout the Deads historic run, there were parties of biblical proportion and celebrity run-ins with everybody from Bob Dylan to Frank Sinatra--but there was a dark side to life on the road and tragedy didnt just strike the musicians.
But Home Before Daylight is a story of friendship, of music and redemption. It is a piece of music history, one that reflects the American spirit of adventure and brotherhood. Seen through Steve Parishs eyes and experiences, The Grateful Deads wild ride has never been so revealing.
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Home Before Daylight: My Life on the Road with the Grateful Dead
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As a fan who cares about people,why was Steve fired by gdm or "let go due to downsizing? Downsizing is a corporate disease in America being used as an excuse to screw the American Worker by taking food off his table in the name of fat corporate profit. The American worker has never been so victimized in the history of this once Great Nation. Sad indeed. I found parish but where are you? I'm at the right show. I just cant hear the band.
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By Shawn Perry The Grateful Dead, over ten years after their final performance, remain the quintessential psychedelic jam band. Aside from their innovative musical mix of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, country, and jazz, the ever iconoclastic, unconventional Dead were pioneers on a variety of fronts: from allowing their fans to tape their shows to creating an extended family that included everyone from their close friends to their faithful road crew. Steve Parish was a primary family member of the Grateful Dead for over 30 years. In so many ways, Parish, along with other sprite characters like Ramrod, Kid Cadelero, Rex Jackson, and Dan Healey, were as vital to the long and strange trip as the band members themselves. The tight bond between Garcia and Parish lasted right up until the very end, when on August 9, Jerry Garcia passed away. Parish was one of the last people to see Garcia alive. He has also worked intermittingly with various members of the iconic band, as well as been involved with various Jerry Garcia posthumous releases.
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