DEADICATION: While the timing of Scully’s book seems fortuitous, the publisher says that it was scheduled before Garcia died. Rolling Stone can’t make that claim for its book, and editor Holly George-Warren acknowledges some qualms about the project.
“We always feel a vast amount of guilt doing these,” she says. “It feels like you’re a corpse-sucker and everyone gets overwrought. But there’s a lot of emotion in this.”
The book will feature every major Garcia and Grateful Dead story from Rolling Stone, starting with a piece about a drug bust at the group’s Ashbury Street house that ran in the magazine’s first issue in 1967. Among new writings are a foreword by Ken Kesey, an introduction by Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner and a concluding essay by the magazine’s former reviews editor, Anthony DeCurtis.
Meanwhile, Weir is set for his first concert appearance since just after Garcia’s death. He’ll be one of the guests on “Bruce Hornsby and Friends,” a PBS-TV special taping Oct. 27 at New York’s Manhattan Center.