This biography offers students and general readers an insightful
look into Jerry Garcia's creative genius as a founding member of
The Grateful Dead and the various influences on his work as he
contributed to the countercultural movement in the United
As a founding member of The Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia became
famous for his work as a key creative force in this band. Known for
free flowing jam sessions, psychedelic drug use, and a loyal fan
base, The Grateful Dead combined a variety of genres, including
blues, folk and country rock to create new and different sounds
than those used by other popular bands at the time, including The
Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Garcia contributed significantly to
an era in American music that was influenced by social changes,
war, and political strife. Yet Garcia's creative genius expanded
beyond the fame that came as lead guitarist and vocalist for the
Dead. From the time he was a young boy learning to play the piano
in the Excelsior district of San Francisco, Garcia explored various
genres and forms of music and visual art. This biography offers
students and general readers an insightful look into Garcia's
creative genius and the various influences on his work as he
contributed to the counter-cultural movement in the United
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