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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9781478024972


Pages:   304
Publication Date:   17 November 2023
Format:   Paperback
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Of all the musical developments of rock in the 1960s, one in particular fundamentally changed the music's structure and listening experience: the incorporation of extended improvisation into live performances. While many bands-including Cream, Pink Floyd, and the Velvet Underground-stretched out their songs with improvisations, no band was more identified with the practice than the Grateful Dead. In Get Shown the Light Michael Kaler examines how the Dead's dedication to improvisation stemmed from their belief that playing in this manner enabled them to touch upon transcendence. Drawing on band testimonials and analyses of early recordings, Kaler traces how the Dead developed an approach to playing music that they believed would facilitate their spiritual goals. He focuses on the band's early years, the significance of their playing Ken Kesey's Acid Test parties, and their evolving exploration of the myriad musical and spiritual possibilities that extended improvisation afforded. Kaler demonstrates that the Grateful Dead developed a radical new way of playing rock music as a means to unleash the spiritual and transformative potential of their music.

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Author:   Michael Kaler
Publisher:   Duke University Press
Imprint:   Duke University Press
Weight:   0.431kg
ISBN:  

9781478024972


ISBN 10:   1478024976
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   17 November 2023
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
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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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