ANTHOLOGY EDITIONS

A New Book will Explore The Grateful Dead Bootleg Culture

The book will be available from September 2022

After All Is Said and Done: Taping the Grateful Dead 1965-1995, is the title of the book that will be available September 20, 2022, which will explore The Grateful Dead bootleg culture. The book can be pre-ordered through its publisher, Anthology Editions.

According to the Dig! site, artist, and collector Mark A Rodriguez has explored the groundbreaking history of the devoted bootleg tapers community, who developed their own culture of recording and trading cassettes of Grateful Dead live shows. After All Is Said And Done features dozens of interviews with tape enthusiasts, members of the Dead organization, and striking visuals from hundreds of archival cassette covers.

The site adds that the cultural significance of these bootlegs — live concert cassettes which solidified the Dead’s legendary status even as they occupied a legal grey area for decades — is utterly unique in the annals of music, and the story of their creation, trading, and endless proliferation is a people’s history unto itself. Featuring dozens of interviews with tape enthusiasts and members of the Grateful Dead organization as well as the show-stopping visuals from hundreds of archival cassette covers, After All Is Said and Done is artist Mark A Rodriguez’s exploration of that history, a saga of homegrown psychedelia, anarchic graphic styles, and black market fandom as written in magnetic tape.

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