Jay Blakesbergs Book of
Grateful Dead Photographs:
Between the Dark and Light
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Above: Jay Blakesberg
In October 2002, San Francisco photographer
Jay Blakesberg will release his first book of photographs entitled,
Between the Dark and Light, which illuminates the spirit
of the Grateful Dead like never before. A stunning visual documentation
of the Grateful Dead experience, this cherished collector's item
brilliantly captures the musical, cultural, and personal magic
of the Dead on and offstage.
Jay Blakesberg is a San Francisco-based photographer
whose work appears regularly in many magazines including Rolling
Stone, Guitar Player, & Guitar World. He has shot CD Packaging
for Virgin., Reprise, Mammoth, and Arista Records to name a few.
Jay has worked with many legendary performers including The Grateful
Dead, Carlos Santana, John Lee Hooker & Tom Waits, as well
as many contemporary musicians including shoots with Ani DiFranco,
Ben Harper, Dido & the Barenaked Ladies.
This irresistible 25-year visual journey showcases
more than 1200 rich color and black-and-white photoshundreds
never before seena foreword by Grateful Dead bass player
Phil Lesh, essays by Dead historians Blair Jackson, J.C. Juanis,
and rock photographer Jon Sievert, plus Blakesberg's own reflections.
From Blakesberg's travels following the Dead in the late 1970s,
to his intimate studio and home portraits in the '80s and '90s,
Between the Dark and Light is a compelling view of an unparalleled
pop culture phenomenon whose ripples will resonate for years to
Jay Blakesberg's photographs have appeared on
hundreds of magazine covers and in feature articles for such publications
as Rolling Stone, Guitar World, Time, Newsweek, and Entertainment
Weekly, plus dozens of books. He has shot CD packaging for
Virgin, Reprise, Mammoth, Columbia, and Arista Records, working
with such legendary artists as the Dead, Carlos Santana, and Tom
Waits. Visit Jay Blakesberg's web site at www.blakesberg.com.
Editor Blair Jackson has been one of the top
journalists covering the Grateful Dead for over 25 years. He is
the author of several books on the band, including Garcia:
An American Life. The founder/editor of the well-known Dead
fanzine The Golden Road, Jackson currently is senior editor
of Mix, the world's leading audio production magazine.
The foreword was written by Phil Lesh, who was
the bass player for the Grateful Dead for 30 years. He currently
records and tours with his group Phil Lesh and Friends.
"Over a 25-year period creating the images for
this book, I traveled from Maine to Florida, San Diego to Alaska,
and everywhere in between to see the Grateful Deadover 250
concerts. Our journeys were fueled by the music, the friendships,
the community, and a warped sense of reality that we tapped into
as teenagers and could not escape, no matter how hard we tried.
My book captures hundreds of great stories from my adventures
with the Dead, whether I was photographing them in performance,
or hanging out in their living rooms shooting portraits." Jay
"Jay Blakesberg shoots 'em Dead on...warts,
halos, and flyin' hair. Keep on clickin'."Wavy Gravy
"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, chief photographer for Rolling