Those years are explored in both So Many Roads, The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead by David Browne and published by Da Capo Press and Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead by its drummer Bill Kreutzmann, published by St. Main man: Bob Weir (guitar and vocals), Bill Kreutzmann (drummer), Jerry Garcia (guitar and vocals), and Phil Lesh (bass and vocals) poiunt to Jerry Garcia (guitar and vocals) as the powerhouse behind the group.
Reagan was ‘the man who embodied everything the Dead despised about the straight world’, Browne writes.‘Everybody’s walking around stoned, and the chicks are naked. ‘First and last time he was on a horse’, his girlfriend, Carolyn Adams, known as Mountain Girl, told the author.
The alcohol took its toll and in 1973 MCKernan was found dead on the floor of his bedroom. The official cause of death – an internal hemorrhage. His body broke down from all the drinking and in the end he was living on sunflower seeds and alcohol. he admits to being in his hotel room after a gig in a college town when the groupies just started arriving.
He counted thirteen that he slept with that night, one after the other. Weir and Lesh at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, February 1984.
They fled the Haight for Marin County, to escape the drug busts.
Their drug-fueled antics at drummer Mickey Hart’s ranch included dragging a television set - still plugged in with a long entension cord - outside and set it up in a dry creek bed. Drummer Hart even dosed his Arabian white horse regularly with the daily drug of choice.
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