JAMerica
Peter Conners
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JAMerica: The History of the Jam Band and Festival Scene
Peter Conners
Da Capo Press
Hardcover
288 pages
August 2013
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Mention the word jam, and the Grateful Dead immediately come to mind. Heralded for their lengthy sessions of musical exploration in live concert--and assisted in that endeavor by no small amount of psychedelic drugs ingested by both band and onlooker--the band's concerts could oftentimes last for hours and hours. On a good night, fans would be taken on a harmonic journey of beautiful music. On a bad night, they'd be subjected to hours of uninspired music performed by underwhelming musicians.

From the Dead's sonic experimentations with the jam, an entire sub-culture was formed. In his well-documented and researched book, author Peter Conners talks about that movement: how and when it developed and why.

Interviews in this oral history with key players in the movement include Jono Manson, David Graham and John Popper. Many bands are collectively interviewed, including Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews Band and Phish. This conglomeration of bands all in pursuit of the perfect jam have created a festival and touring scene every bit as valid--and financially viable--as the Lollapalooza shows and other metal fests.


Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Steven Rosen, 2013


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