Wednesday, January 28, 2015
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Turning 50 years old this year is the iconic jam band The Grateful Dead, who once occupied the streets of Haight-Ashbury, acclaimed the musical influence to the Acid Tests and was a leading contributor to the Summer of Love. Released just in time for the band’s birthday is the book, “No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead,” by SF State Lecturer Peter Richardson, which gives a vivid account of how the Grateful Dead found such enduring and memorable success. Richardson is a Humanities and American Studies lecturer who teaches a variety of classes including California Culture, a Biography of the City: Los Angeles and San Francisco and Values in American Life. Prior to “No Simple Highway,” Richardson has published two books about political journalism in America, allowing him to study a variety of topics relevant to the ’60s and ’70s.