The Deadhead Cyclist Presents

The Deadhead Cyclist may be the most unique book ever written about the Grateful Dead, as it focuses on the deeper meaning behind the magical lyrics that have stood the test of time for more than 50 years, inspiring multiple generations, and adding wind to the sails of a timeless movement that has brought a hopeful, life-affirming message to troubled times.

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The lyrics of the Grateful Dead are words of religion for many of the band’s dedicated fans. Thank you, Stew, for taking these words to live by and organizing them in a way that makes it simple and fun to dive into and explore, just like a great adventure on a bike. Readers are definitely going to enjoy the Ride, Ride, Ride!!!”

– Peter Shapiro, Concert Promoter (including Fare Thee Well Tour), Filmmaker, Publisher and Entrepreneur

“In this very fun, unique collection of essays, Stew Sallo weaves together personal experiences as a cyclist and Deadhead, bringing insight to the music and words of the Grateful Dead.”

– David Dodd, author, The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics

“Cycling – and the Grateful Dead? In his new book, Stew Sallo makes the pairing as delightful as chocolate and peanut butter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, or the words of Robert Hunter coupled with the guitar of Jerry Garcia. Stew is exacting and precise in identifying key nuances of both disciplines that everyone else seems to have missed, while bringing the ineffable joy of both the music and the bike straight from the ether to the page. A delicious concoction!

– Neal Karlen, contributing author, Newsweek, New York Times and Rolling Stone, and author of This Thing Called Life: Prince’s Odyssey On + Off the Record

The Deadhead Cyclist Book


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Praise for The Deadhead Cyclist:

Deadheads come in all shapes and convictions, but The Deadhead Cyclist stands out even in that crazy crowd. The book examines cosmic questions posed by the music of the Grateful Dead and, like the band’s own meandering musical improvisations, takes readers to places they never expected to be. Stew Sallo’s take on the 2015 ‘reunion’ shows, ‘Fare Thee Well,’ was probably the single most widely circulated commentary on that phenomenon as he went straight to the heart of the matter without regard for what could only laughingly be called conventional wisdom. Sallo specializes in unconventional wisdom.

– Joel Selvin, longtime San Francisco Chronicle music critic and author of Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead’s Long, Strange Trip