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Grateful Dead related fiction / San Francisco in the Sixties fiction

This page is split into two section. The first section lists novels and short story collections that are directly related to the Grateful Dead. The second section lists novels and short story collections that are set in the late 1960's in San Francisco and predominantly feature themes related to the music of that time.

The books are organized by publication date within each section. Further information about most of the books is available via the 'see more information' link.

Additions and corrections are welcome




Related bibliography pages:
Grateful Dead bookshelf
Grateful Dead songbooks
San Francisco sixties music books
Source and reference books
Record label bibliography



Fiction: Grateful Dead related

Be Not Content: A Subterranean Journal

William J. Craddock

1968

Doubleday

A novel set in San Jose in the late 60s. Includes a chapter 'Morgan's Acid Test' based on one of the acid test which includes some references to the Grateful Dead.

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Brokedown Palace

Steven Brust

1986

Ace Fantasy

A fantasy novel named after the Grateful Dead song and dedicated to the individual member of the group in 1986.

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Dead Tour

Alan N. Izumi

1988

Relix

Foreword by Robert Hunter

A crime novel set on a Grateful Dead East Coast tour.

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Orbital Decay

Allen Steele

1989

Ace

A science fiction novel that features a group of deadhead space construction workers. One chapter is titled "The Wheel" and the book is partly dedicated to the Grateful Dead.

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Rude Astronauts

Allen Steele

1992

Old Earth Books

This collection of stories includes Allen Steele's first published short story Live From The Mars Hotel.

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The Millennium Shows

Philip E. Baruth

1994

Albion Books

A novel about a deadhead, set in the Grateful Dead subculture.

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Polaroids From The Dead

Douglas Coupland

1996

Harper Collins

The first part of this book of short fiction and non-fiction is a collection of pieces about deadheads and Dead shows.

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Get Outta Town: A Tale of the Dead, the IRS, and Coffee

Ted Ringer

1997

Acid Test

A novel set around a road trip to a Grateful Dead show in Eugene.

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Tales Of Tour

Alex Kolker

2000

Sinister Dexter Press

A collection of six stories about deadheads.

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After Lucy: A Novel

Daniel Jones

2000

William Morrow

A novel that is partly set in a community set up by Deadheads.

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Tiger In A Trance

Max Ludington

2003

Doubleday

Part rock novel, part coming of age novel, set to the backdrop of a 1985 Grateful Dead tour.

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Dancing Within The Song

Shawn M. Davis

2004

PublishAmerica

A coming-of-age novel set in Southern Oregon and in the world of the Grateful Dead.

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Slipknot

Gary McKinney

2007

Kearney Street Books

A mystery novel set in the backwoods of the Northwest in which the main protagonist is Gavin Pruitt, Willapa County Sheriff and Deadhead.

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The Boy Who Cried Freebird: Rock & Roll Fables and Sonic Storytelling

Mitch Myers

2008

Harper

This collection of stories and essays includes "Back To The Fillmore" a tale about a Grateful Dead fan in 2069 who travels back in time to 1969 to see the Dead at the Fillmore.

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The Storyteller Speaks: Rare & Different Fictions of the Grateful Dead

Editor: Gary McKinney & Robert G. Weiner

2010

Kearney Street Books

A collection of fictions. Includes pieces by: Robert Hunter, Ed McClanahan, Philip Baruth, George Walker, Vincent Louis Carrella, Stephen Graham Jones, Mitch Myers, Rebecca Adams, Philip Heldrich, Scott MacFarlane, Ted Ringer, Nicholas Meriwether, Alex Kolker, Matthew C. Armstrong, Melinda Belleville, Eddie Cain, Clayton Chandler, Bob Franzosa, Tom Gonzales, Mary Goodenough, Heather Jackson, T.J. Weed, and Gary Shank.

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U.S. Blues

Ed Watts

2011

CreateSpace

A crime novel set in the Deadhead subculture of the mid 1980's.

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Darkness Bids The Dead Goodbye

Gary McKinney

2011

Kearney Street Books

The second in the mystery series featuring Sheriff Gavin Pruitt, Deadhead. Darkness Bids the Dead Goodbye picks up several months after the events in Slipknot.

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Scarlet Begonias

Stephanie Geman-Marcotte

2012

CreateSpace

A fantasy / sci-fi novel partly set at a Grateful Dead show.

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The Zen Man

Colleen Collins

2012

A mystery novel featuring a deadhead investigator.

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Timbers Of Fennario: Stories Inspired By The Music Of The Grateful Dead

Joseph Williams

2013

Post Mortem Press

A collection of 18 short stories, each one an interpretation of a Grateful Dead song.

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Fellow Traveler

James D. McCallister

2013

Muddy Ford Press

A rock & roll fable.

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Random Notes from a Specific Deadhead

Terry Shaffer

2013

Outskirts Press

A novel featuring set in the world of Pennsylvanian politics featuring a deadhead protagonist, Garcia Hunter.

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If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home

Dave Housley

2015

Dzanc Books

A short story collection that includes the story The Jerry Garcia Finger.

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Might As Well

Dean Budnick

2016

Rare Bird Books

A novel set inside and outside of Meadowlands during a Grateful Dead show in the late 1980's.

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This Darkness Got to Give

Dave Housley

2019

Pandamoon Publishing

A vampire novel set on tour with the Grateful Dead in 1995.

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Friend of the Devil

The Bill Walton Mysteries

James Kirkland

2019

Meathouse Publishing

A "psychedelic mystery" featuring Bill Walton.

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Fiction: San Francisco in the sixties

Tiger In Haight-Ashbury

Kenneth R. Brown

1967

Caravelle

A "hippie exploitation" novel set in Haight-Ashbury.

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Flower Power

Ernest Tidyman

1968

Paperback Library

Another "hippie exploitation" novel set in Haight-Ashbury.

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Divine Right's Trip: A Folk-tale

Gurney Norman

1971

Last Whole Earth Catalog

A revised edition was published as Divine Right's Trip: A Novel Of The Counterculture by Gnomon Press in 1990.

A novel that follows the journey of West Coast hippies to East Kentucky.

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Summer Of Love

Lisa Mason

1994

Spectra

A novel in which the main protagonist travels back in time from the 25th century to Haight-Ashbury in the Summer of 1967.

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The Other Side Of Haight

James Fadiman

2000

Celestial Arts

A novel set in the Haight-Ashbury during the 'summer of love'.

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Messenger from the Summer of Love

David Rey Echt

2001

Robert D. Reed Publishers

A novel that follows a search for spiritual enlightenment during a journey from Topanga Canyon to San Francisco during the 'summer of love'.

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The Psychedelic Symphony: An Historical Novel 1968

James Marinovich

2002

AuthorHouse

A novel set in the Summer of 1968.

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A Sleuth in the Summer of Love

A Gwen Harris Mystery

Carol Anita Sheldon

2018

Houghton

A crime novel set in the Summer of 1967.

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Vanishing in the Haight

A Colleen Hayes Mystery

Max Tomlinson

2019

Oceanview Publishing

A crime novel set in 1978 but investigating a case from 1967.

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Last updated May 2019