After All is Said and Done : Taping the Grateful Dead, 1965-1995
The Grateful Dead - Book - by Mark Rodriguez
any one musical act of the rock and roll era can be said to have
transcended the simple categorization of "band," the Grateful Dead is
it: by the time they stopped performing in 1995, the Dead had become an
international institution with a vast backing organization, a massive
and devoted fanbase, and archival recordings both official and
bootlegged. The cultural significance of these bootlegs - live concert
cassettes which solidified the Dead's legendary status even as they
occupied a legal gray 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.