Richard Loren lived a singular life. During his stints as an agent and
manager in the music business, he worked with Jefferson Airplane, The
Doors, The Chambers Brothers, Grateful Dead, and many other iconic bands
from the Summer of Love. Loren not only worked with these legendary artists; he was part of the inner circle. He was backstage, hanging out with the
musicians in their private homes, and sharing drugs.
It is a colorful and delightful book divided into four parts.
Part One details the author's life in New York City as an agent and working
with Jefferson Airplane, the Doors, and the Chambers Brothers.
Part Two is devoted to his time spent in Stinson Beach, California, with
David Grisman, the Rowan Brothers, the Garcia-Saunders Band, and Old and in
the Way [another band with Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia].
Part Three is given over the Grateful Dead. Here, he talks about the band's
spectacular show in front of the pyramids of Egypt, their appearance on
Saturday Night Live, and much more. Part Four continues with his time spent with the Dead and his ultimate
It is a fascinating book and a rare look behind the curtains. For any
Deadheads out there, this is a must-read. If you're not a Deadhead, you
will be after turning the pages in this one.