By Steve Parish
Steve Parish used to be by no means one to stroll the straight-and-narrow, even in the course of his formative years becoming up in Flushing Meadow, Queens. Busted as for promoting acid in the summertime of 1968, Parish landed in Riker's Island. The event replaced him and upon getting out he did his top to stick out of hassle, securing a role relocating song gear on the ny nation Pavilion. the 1st express he labored used to be a thankful lifeless live performance in July of 1969 and Parish was once captivated by means of the track. A lifestyles doubtless headed nowhere had unexpectedly discovered its calling as he fell in speedy with a band of likeminded misfits who shaped the nucleus of what could be the maximum street team in rock 'n' roll history.
Parish traveled to California the place his apprenticeship all started. operating for the band at no cost and studying his craft, Parish obtained to understand Jerry, Bobby, Phil, Billy and Mickey and during the years their relationships cast an unbreakable bond. He grew to become very shut with Garcia particularly, performing as his own roadie and later supervisor for his solo performances and Garcia Band indicates. He used to be there during periods of difficulty (like while a pimp held Garcia hostage at gunpoint in a brand new York resort room), spending hours by way of his bedside whilst Garcia used to be in a coma in 1986, and appearing the tasks of most sensible guy at his marriage ceremony. He used to be additionally the final good friend to work out Garcia alive.
Throughout the Dead's old run, there have been events of biblical percentage and superstar run-ins with each person from Bob Dylan to Frank Sinatra--but there has been a dismal facet to lifestyles at the street and tragedy did not simply strike the musicians.
But Home earlier than Daylight is a narrative of friendship, of song and redemption. it's a piece of song historical past, one who displays the yank spirit of event and brotherhood. obvious via Steve Parish's eyes and studies, The thankful Dead's wild journey hasn't ever been so revealing.