Might As Well: A Novel by Dean Budnick [signed]

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Might As Well: A Novel by Dean Budnick [signed]

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Bill Graham once said, “They’re not the best at what they do, they’re the only ones who do what they do.” Graham was referring to the Grateful Dead, but this also applies to the legion of fans who traveled from show to show across America with the band. Might As Well captures the rich tapestry of the Grateful Dead scene in the late eighties by presenting an engaging account of one evening both inside and outside of a concert at New Jersey’s Meadowlands. Events unfold through the eyes of seven characters, including three-year-old Stella attending with her Deadhead mother, prep school hippie Steven on spring break with his crew, Taper Ted on hand to record the music alongside his skeptical brother, and trusty, crusty vendor Bagel Bob approaching his second decade on tour. Inspired in part by a true-crime incident involving a still-unsolved fatality, Might As Well explores the challenges, complications, and charms of this environment with insight, empathy, and humor.

Like the Dead scene itself, there is more than meets the ear, as the story also encompasses miracles and near misses, the killer and the kind, doses and duds, female Muppets, the Fairy Wing Guild, the stall sisterhood, the merits of Charles Bukowski and Marcel Proust, the connections between Full House and ALF, seat surfing, scurvy, setlist games, Schoolhouse Rock, Shakedown Street, tape trees, the Philsbury Doughboy, Three Bean Monty, Crock-Pots, counties, custies, dog liberation, DATs, Griffin Dunne films, and fire dancing. After all, the circus is in town.

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Dean Budnick, who holds a Ph.D. from Harvard's History of American Civilization program and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, is Editor-in-Chief of Relix Magazine. He is the co-author of Blues Traveler frontman John Popper’s autobiography due in early 2016 from Da Capo. His book Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped (ECW Press 2011, Plume 2012) chronicles the previously untold story of the modern concert industry, revealing the origins, development and ongoing strategies of companies such as Ticketmaster, Live Nation, StubHub and the efforts of numerous independent competitors. He continues to report on the subject for The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard

Budnick has written three prior works on improvisational music: The Phishing Manual: A Compendium To the Music of Phish (Hyperion, 1996), Jam Bands: North America's Hottest Live Groups (ECW, 1998) and Jambands: A Complete Guide to the Players Music and Scene(Backbeat Books, 2004). He also directed Wetlands Preserved: The Story of An Activist Rock Club (2008), which earned numerous film festival laurels, opened nationally via First Run Features and currently airs on the Sundance Channel. Budnick is the founder of the website Jambands.com, the co-creator of the Jammy Awards, for many years co-hosted a radio show that aired weekly on XM Satellite Radio and continues to make regular appearances on SiriusXM.