Get Shown the Light: Improvisation and Transcendence in the Music of the Grateful Dead

Author:   Michael Kaler
Publisher:   Duke University Press
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9781478020349


Pages:   304
Publication Date:   17 November 2023
Format:   Hardback
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Author:   Michael Kaler
Publisher:   Duke University Press
Imprint:   Duke University Press
Weight:   0.567kg
ISBN:  

9781478020349


ISBN 10:   1478020342
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   17 November 2023
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  ix An Autobiographical Introduction  1 1. The Grateful Dead: A Spiritually Motivated, Improvising Rock Band  5 2. Setting the Scene: Where They Came From  22 3. How the Grateful Dead Learned to Jam: Building a Framework for Improvisation  45 4. Improvisational Tactics, 1965–1974: Roads Taken, and Some That Were Not Taken  73 5. Writing About Improvisation: Approaches to Understanding Spontaneous Playing  125 6. Other Improvising Rock Bands: Similar Directions, Different Motivations  139 7. Music, Transcendent Spiritual Experience, and the Grateful Dead: How They Came Together  161 8. The Grateful Dead’s Spiritual Context: The Acid Tests and Afterwards  185 9. What They Did: How the Grateful Dead Joined Their Musical and Spiritual Imperatives  201 Appendix. Grateful Dead Personnel and Performances  237 Notes  241 Bibliography  265 Index  281

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Michael Kaler demonstrates that the pursuit of something esoteric, essential, and religious in nature drove the Grateful Dead's artistic path. Persuasively arguing that the Dead believed that improvisational music has the power to evoke transcendence and foster collective consciousness, Get Shown the Light makes an important contribution to the growing body of work that interrogates the relationship between music, religiosity, and American culture. -- Ariella Werden-Greenfield, coeditor of * This Is Your Song Too: Phish and Contemporary Jewish Identity *


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Michael Kaler is Associate Professor, teaching stream, at the Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy at the University of Toronto Mississauga and author of Flora Tells a Story: The Apocalypse of Paul and Its Contexts.

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