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Robert Hunter Books

This page is split into two section. The first section lists books by Robert Hunter and translations by Robert Hunter. The second section lists collections that include a contribution by Robert Hunter or about Robert Hunter.

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.

Robert Hunter lyrics are included in all Grateful Dead songbooks. These are not included on this page but are listed on a separate Grateful Dead songbooks page.

Additions and corrections are welcome



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Robert Hunter books

Duino Elegies

Rainer Maria Rilke

Translated by Robert Hunter

1987

Hulogosi Inc

The original publication of Hunter's translation of Rilke's Duino Elegies.

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A Box of Rain: Collected Lyrics Of

Robert Hunter

1990

Viking

The original hardback edition of Box Of Rain. A collection of Hunter's song lyrics, for the Grateful Dead and others, up to 1990.

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Night Cadre

Robert Hunter

1991

Viking

The first collection of Robert Hunter's poetry to be published.

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Idiot's Delight

Robert Hunter

1992

Hanuman Books

The second collection of Robert Hunter's poetry to be published.

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A Box of Rain: Lyrics 1965-1993

Robert Hunter

1993

Penguin

A paperback edition of Hunter's collected lyrics with additional songs and a new introduction by Hunter.

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Sentinel

Robert Hunter

1993

Penguin

A new collection of Robert Hunter's poetry.

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Infinity Minus Eleven: Poems

Robert Hunter

1993

Cityful Press

A limited edition publication of 13 previously unpublished Robert Hunter poems.

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Duino Elegies / The Sonnets to Orpheus

Rainer Maria Rilke

Translated by Robert Hunter

1993

Hulogosi Inc

A book that collects together Hunter's translation of Rilke's Duino Elegies, originally published in 1987, and his previously unpublished translation of The Sonnets To Orpheus.

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Dog Moon

Words: Robert Hunter

Illustrations: Timothy Truman

1996

Vertigo

A graphic novel.

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Glass Lunch

Robert Hunter

1997

Penguin

A new collection of poetry.

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Books that include a contribution by Robert Hunter or abour Robert Hunter

Grandfather Rock: The New Poetry & the Old

David Morse

1972

Delacorte Press

A book that pairs rock lyrics with their counterparts in classical poetry to show that poetry and rock are both based on the need to express human emotion. Includes a chapter on the lyrics of Casey Jones that compares Robert Hunter's lyrics to an anonymous poem, Joseph Mica.

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Turn It Up! (I Can't Hear the Words)

Bob Sarlin

1973

Doubleday

A book primarily about singer-songwriters that includes a chapter about Robert Hunter.

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In Their Own Words: Twenty Successful Songwriters Tell How They Write Their Songs

Bruce Pollock

1975

Macmillan

A collection of interviews with songwriters that includes an interview with Robert Hunter.

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Pourin' It All Out: An Insider's View of the Rock Scene

Jay Saporita

1980

Citadel Press

A collection of portraits, interview and commentary on rock stars. Includes a chapter on the Grateful Dead with a brief history and interview with Robert Hunter and Bob Weir.

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The Book Of Rock Lists

Dave Marsh, Kevin Stein

1981

A Dell / Rolling Stone Press Book

A book of various lists related to rock. Includes a piece by Robert Hunter called Robert Hunter's 10 Commandments of Rock And Roll.

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Alleys of the Heart: The Collected Poems

Robert M. Petersen

Introduction: Robert Hunter

1988

Hulogosi Inc

A collected edition of the poetry of Robert Petersen.

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Dead Tour

Alan N. Izumi

Foreword by Robert Hunter

1988

Relix

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

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The Book of the Dead : Celebrating 25 Years With the Grateful Dead

Herb Greene

Foreword by Robert Hunter

1990

Delacorte Press / Delta Books

Photographs of the Grateful Dead by Herb Greene.

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Garcia

The Editors of Rolling Stone

1996

Little Brown & Company

This collection of interviews and articles includes a piece by Robert Hunter.

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Remembrances and Celebrations: A Book of Eulogies, Elegies, Letters, and Epitaphs

Editor: Jill Werman Harris

1999

Pantheon / Vintage

This anthology includes Robert Hunter's eulogy for Jerry Garcia.

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The Grateful Dead Reader

Editor: David G. Dodd and Diana Spaulding

2000

Oxford University Press

A chronological collection of articles and excerpts taken from magazines, journals, books and newspapers. Includes four pieces by Robert Hunter and one article about Robert Hunter.

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Spit in the Ocean #7: All About Kesey

Editor: Ed McClanahan

2003

Penguin

The final issue of the literary journal Spit In The Ocean which was started by Ken Kesey in 1974. This issue published after Kesey's death is as a tribute edition. The final piece in Spit in the Ocean #7 is Lament For Kesey by Robert Hunter.

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The Illustrated Trip

Foreword: Robert Hunter

2003

DK Publishing

An illustrated biography of the Grateful Dead that uses photographs, posters and other memorabilia to document the history of the group.

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The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics

Editor: David Dodd

Foreword: Robert Hunter

2005

Free Press

An encyclopedic book that annotates the lyrics of songs written by the main Grateful Dead lyricists Robert Hunter and John Perry Barlow. The book is based on the Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics web site.

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Garcia/Hunter Songbook: Songs Of The Grateful Dead

Compiler: Alan Trist

Foreword by Robert Hunter

2005

Alfred Publishing Company

A Garcia/Hunter songbook featuring 76 songs from the Grateful Dead repertoire. With a foreword by Robert Hunter.

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Cumberland Blues

Michael Norman Mann

Songs by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter

Additional material by Greg Anton, Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh

2006

CreateSpace

The script of the musicial play Cumberland Blues. The score of the play comprised songs by Garcia and Hunter. Also includes a Hunter / Greg Anton song, I Will Love You, and a new Robert Hunter song, Immigrant.

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The Easiest Best Thing Is Be Kind

Editor: M. Luke Myers

2007

CreateSpace

A collection of poems, stories and essays by a number of authors collectively known as Deadheads for Darfur. Includes a contribution by Robert Hunter.

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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 that includes a piece, Metaphor 101, by Robert Hunter.

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The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics: 50th Anniversary Edition

Editor: David Dodd

Foreword: Robert Hunter

2015

Simon & Schuster

A reprint edition of the book first published in 2005.

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Songs To Fill The Air: Tales Of The Grateful Dead

Scott W. Allen

2017

Outskirts Press

A collection that includes essays on Tom Constanten, Donna Godchaux, Brent's family, Robert Hunter, John Barlow.

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Last updated June 2019