A new book set for publication next summer will detail the drama and struggles that the “Core Four” members of the Grateful Dead faced after the tragic death of Jerry Garcia in 1995. Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead’s Long, Strange Trip was written by author and longtime San Francisco Chronicle music journalist Joel Selvin.
As JamBase reports, the Barnes & Noble description of the book describes it as a “tell-all biography of the epic in-fighting of the Grateful Dead in the years following band leader Jerry Garcia’s death,” when “the band very nearly died along with him.”
“So long defined by Garcia’s vision for the group, the surviving [members] were reduced to conflicting agendas, strained relationships, and catastrophic business decisions that would leave the iconic band in shambles,” the book’s description reads.
The latter-day biography will follow the band through the two decades following Garcia’s passing, up until their agreement to reunite for the 50th anniversary concerts in California and Chicago in the summer of 2015. Author Selvin has worked for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1970 and has also written books like Summer of Love and Altamont: The Rolling Stones, The Hells Angels & The Inside Story Of Rock’s Darkest Day, along with co-writing Sammy Hagar’s autobiography Red.
Fare Thee Well is set for release June 19, 2018. Read more here.