Timothy Leary at the Human Be-in.

Photographer, storyteller and author Rosie Mcgee was there, with her camera.

Rosie was in many places and events in Grateful Dead history, and she wrote a book about it – with lots of wonderful pictures!

Rosie McGee is a good friend and supporter of Deadheadland, and has generously given us permission to share some pictures and excerpts from her book, “Dancing with the Dead—A Photographic Memoir” © Rosie McGee. For your enjoyment!

From Chapter Four, the Human Be-in, 1967, (eBook)

Next was Timothy Leary, who intoned his “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out” mantra with yellow flowers sticking out from behind his ears. I found him well meaning but pretentious and boring, so for me, it was tune out of his speech. But he did have the attention of some of the audience, most fatefully, the media that was present.

Leary at Be-In ©RosieMcgee

After Leary spoke, there were more speeches, including anti-war exhortations from radical activist Jerry Rubin that were heartfelt, but strangely out of place. It wasn’t the message that seemed counter to the time and place, as nearly everyone agreed with his anti-war stance, but his angry and long-winded delivery put many people off.

By the time the Dead went on stage, the place was packed wall-to-wall with people. Bear had freely distributed his White Lightning acid throughout the crowd and most of them had willingly taken it. At the time, LSD was enjoyed in the community as a benign and still-legal recreational drug.
The band kicked into their first song…

“Dancing with the Dead—A Photographic Memoir” © Rosie McGee is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and directly from Rosie McGee.com, in 3 formats, eBook, a print edition (signed by Rosie Mcgee!), and an audio book read by Rosie Mcgee.

What is really special about the ebook edition is that the the color photos will be COLOR! (Unless, like me, you have a Kindle Paperwhite… oh well!) You can get the ebook on most any device you own, Mac or PC, and just about every Tablet or phone, Kindle, Nook, iPhone or Android.

Here are some sample pages from the COLOR eBook edition of Dancing with the Dead—A Photographic Memoir (the watermarks on the images are only on the samples here, not on the actual book):

DWTD Chap 4 Leary © Rosie McGeeDWTD Chap 4 weir © Rosie McGee

“Dancing with the Dead—A Photographic Memoir” © Rosie McGee is available from Amazon, Barnes and noble, and directly from Rosie McGee.com in 3 formats, eBook, a print edition (signed by Rosie Mcgee!), and an audio book read by Rosie Mcgee.

Stay tuned to DHL in days to come as we share more from
“Dancing with the Dead—A Photographic Memoir” © Rosie McGee

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