Dennis McNally is the publicist for the Grateful Dead, and the band's official historian. He's also the author of the new book, A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead. He is also author of the book, Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation.
Joel Selvin, the Rock Critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, talks with Fresh Air Producer Amy Salit about the life of Grateful Dead band leader Jerry Garcia. Marin County officials in California say Garcia died early this morning of apparently natural causes. He was 53.
Musician Robert Hunter collaborated with Jerry Garcia to write lyrics for many of the band's best known songs. He admits that some of his lyrics are "Joycean word salad" inspired by his LSD trips. Hunter has a new album of his own music, called Liberty.