Always nice to remember the poet who showed me the way when all doors were closed…
-James Douglas Morrison
It may not be something you think about on the regular but as a Black deadhead, I like to think of the Deadhead community as being open-minded and welcoming to all types of people. It would also be foolish to keep silent on the gay community and how it relates to the Grateful Dead since the band originated in San Fran-friggin-cisco!
I mentioned this book earlier as a way to learn about Grateful Deadiquette at shows. You can also read the stories of gay deadheads.
“I carried the secret of being a Deadhead into the work world and the gay world, and I felt that I carried the secret of being gay into the Grateful Dead world.”
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His book, House of Earth has finally been published with the help of Johnny Depp. Read full story on NPR.
The novel is being released by Johnny Depp’s new publishing imprint at HarperCollins, Infinitum Nihil. It was Depp’s publishing partner, historian and author Douglas Brinkley, who tracked down the lost novel after he stumbled across a reference to it while doing research. When he sat down to read it, Brinkley could hear the same Woody Guthrie he had grown to love through his music.
If you’ve been looking for a book to read, you may want to brush up on your Grateful “Deadiquette” at shows which apparently can be found on pgs. 235-238 of The Grateful Dead Reader.
Even before I got into the Grateful Dead, I was into the The Doors. In fact, it was only by discovering the music of The Doors and Jim Morrison’s poetry that I eventually found my path to the Dead.
So, I heard this morning on WXPN that John Densmore is releasing another book, The Doors Unhinged—no doubt another disgruntled tale of the infighting and dissent within this moody and rebellious band. If you haven’t read Riders on the Storm, I suggest you do that too.
I have some stories about my brushes with The Doors—and those will come in time…In the meantime, John, Ray, and Robby are doing a good job of preserving the dead by sharing their stories and continuing the tradition of performing the music of The Doors.
From “Ultimate Classic Rock“:
Drummer John Densmore, who has spent the last decade or so openly squabbling with keyboard player Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger over their shared stewardship of the band’s legacy, has announced the pending publication of a new memoir detailing their nasty legal battles. Titled ‘The Doors: Unhinged — Jim Morrison‘s Legacy Goes on Trial,’ it’s due for release via Amazon on April 17.