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Grateful Dead's First Decade Captured in New Photo Memoir

Photographer Rosie McGee releases 200-image e-book, 'Dancing with the Dead'
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Introduction

Photographer Rosie McGee's new e-book, Dancing With the Dead – A Photographic Memoir, is a revealing look at the Grateful Dead's first decade. McGee's connection with the Dead goes back many years. In 1966, she moved in with bassist Phil Lesh; while their relationship ended a few years later, McGee remained close with the band – serving as "their French interpreter, onstage dancing girl, travel agent and office manager for Alembic, the band's sound and recording team," according to a statement from the author.

Dancing With the Dead chronicles those heady years with more than 200 of McGee's photographs, many of them previously unpublished. Here are 12 of the most striking images – showing Jerry Garcia (whose 70th birthday would have been August 1st, 2012), Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart and more.

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