Jay Blakesberg’s Book of
Grateful Dead Photographs:
Between the Dark and Light
(Backbeat Books)

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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 photos–hundreds never before seen–a 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 come.

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 Dead–over 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 Blakesberg

"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 Stone, 1969-70.