Awakening to the Dead by Aileen Torres Bennett
Adventure, Art, essay, Music

Awakening to the Dead

I was not a Grateful Dead fan when I was growing up. It took years, and my marriage, to change my mind. In high school, I used to associate the band with ne'er-do-wells. They wore a uniform of tie-dye t-shirts with shorts and Birkenstocks and exuded an attitude of marijuana-induced “chillness.” They didn’t seem to… Continue reading Awakening to the Dead

Books, Music

Book Review: Robbie Robertson’s ‘Testimony’

If you love rock 'n' roll, you've got to read Robbie Robertson's "Testimony." The lead guitarist for The Band shows off his storytelling chops, giving one fascinating anecdote after another. Remember him talking in the interview sessions spliced into "The Last Waltz"? "Testimony" is a whole book like that. The paperback is about 500 pages,… Continue reading Book Review: Robbie Robertson’s ‘Testimony’