The Dead Live On

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Philip Cushway’s Art of the Dead traces the influ­ences of the youth culture/psychedelic art move­ment and its manifestation in posters advertising the Grateful Dead. He chronicles the evo­lu­tion of the art, from the Dead’s begin­nings in 1965 through Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995. With bios, inter­views, and quotes from artists includ­ing Rick Grif­fin, Stan­ley “Mouse” Miller, Alton Kel­ley, Wes Wil­son, and Vic­tor Moscoso, it is a document of its time in our time. The book also includes essays by author Greil Mar­cus, Dead drummer Mickey Hart, actor Peter Coy­ote, and me. Cushway also shows a num­ber of sketches, orig­i­nal art, blue-lines, film, print­ing plates, et cetera, which illus­trate each step in the process of cre­at­ing the art. Get it here or here, and there’s also a Facebook page.