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From the Back Cover
"It's glorious to have those kinds of moments in some other form than an audio recording-to be able to have a kind of visual record of the sound, as well as the people and the places." --Phil Lesh, from the book's foreword
"Jay Blakesberg shoots em Dead on
warts, halos, and flyin' hair. Keep on clickin'." --Wavy Gravy
"I guess now Jay and a few others have picked up the torch
David Gahr's and my fingers got burnt too many times." --Jim Marshall, photographer
"Jay has given us a great gift in this superbly photographed, intimate road portrait of one of America's most beloved bands. The trust he has so evidently earned from his subjects and the passion he brings to this work are a winning combination."--Chet Helms, legendary rock impresario
"Jay's style reveals a level of intimacy not often reached in portrait photography." --David Grisman, mandolin virtuoso
"A few years ago I said that Jay Blakesberg, photographer extraordinaire, was our Rock Photographer Heir Apparent.' Well, Jay has now assumed the throne. His work is unique and multi-dimensional, singular in its design while capturing the emotional zeitgeist of his times. He gives us a bounty of arresting, imaginative, and robust images that will continue to delight and inform the eye." --Robert Altman, photographer for Rolling Stone, 1969-70
This handsome hardcover volume presents an astonishing array of images that capture the musical, cultural and personal magic of the Grateful Dead on and offstage. An irresistible 25-year visual journey, it showcases more than 900 rich color and black-and-white photos - hundreds never before seen - plus essays by Dead historians Blair Jackson, J.C. Juanis, and rock photographer Jon Sievert; a foreword by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh; and photographer Jay BlakesbergÕs own reflections. From BlakesbergÕs travels following the Dead in the late 1970s, to his intimate studio and home portraits in the Õ80s and Õ90s, up through and including photos documenting band membersÕ offshoot projects (Ratdog, Phil Lesh & Friends, the Jerry Garcia Band, Mickey Hart and Planet Drum), Between the Dark and Light is a compelling view of an unparalleled pop culture phenomenon whose ripples will resonate for years to come.
"Jay Blakesberg shoots Õem Dead on ... warts, halos, and flyinÕ hair. Keep on clickinÕ."
- Wavy Gravy