Home Before Daylight: My Life on the Road with the Grateful Dead

Home Before Daylight: My Life on the Road with the Grateful Dead

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Steve Parish was never one to walk the straight-and-narrow, even during his childhood growing up in Flushing Meadow, Queens. Busted as a teenager for selling acid in the summer of 1968, Parish landed in Riker’s Island. The experience changed him, and after getting out, he did his best to stay out of trouble, securing a job moving music equipment at the New York State Pavilion. The first show he worked was a Grateful Dead concert in July of 1969, and Parish was captivated by the music. A life seemingly headed nowhere had suddenly found its calling as he fell in quickly with a band of like-minded misfits who formed the nucleus of what would be the greatest road crew in rock ‘n’ roll history.

Parish traveled to California, where his apprenticeship began. Working for the band for free and learning his craft, Parish got to know Jerry, Bobby, Phil, Billy, and Mickey, and through the years they forged an unbreakable bond. He became very close with Garcia in particular, acting as his personal roadie and later manager for his solo performances and Garcia Band shows.

Home Before Daylight is a story of friendship, of music and redemption. It is a piece of music history, one that reflects the American spirit of adventure and brotherhood. Seen through Steve Parish’s eyes and experiences, the Grateful Dead’s wild ride has never been so revealing.

©2003 Steve Parish, foreword copyright 2003 by Bob Weir (P)2019 Tantor