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Published: 2014/07/29

Former Grateful Dead Manager to Release Memoir

Former Grateful Dead manager Richard Loren will release his memoir, High Notes: A Rock Memoir: Working with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane Through The Doors to the Grateful Dead, in November. The book, which features a forward by David Grisman, recalls Loren’s journey through the turbulent era of rock’s ascendancy.

““The sixties were an immense concentration of cultural energies, bursting with incredible artists and music,” says Loren. “The seeds of the anti-war, civil rights and women’s movement were all planted in the sixties. We were young and idealistic and these powerful movements united us all. It was a time during which we all shared love, compassion and hope, as we experienced successes and failures in trying to understand life’s truths.”

High Notes, which was written in conjunction with Stephen Abney, is broken up into four sections:

Part One: New York City – My life with Jefferson Airplane, The Doors and the Chambers Brothers

Part Two: Stinson Beach, California – David Grisman, the Rowan Brothers, Garcia-Saunders, Old and in the Way

Part Three: The Grateful Dead – Politics, Grateful Dead Movie, Garcia Bands, Egypt, Saturday Night Live, Alaska, Radio City Music Hall

Part Four: The Grateful Dead Merry-Go-Round – Germany, Mississippi River Boat, Watch the River Flow, Sirens of Titan, Garcia-Grisman.


There are 13 comments associated with this post

Joshua Katt July 29, 2014, 16:01:04

I’ve read so much about the GD over the last 3 years and never heard of this dude! I must have missed something…

dave bonan July 29, 2014, 16:40:16

he looks just like Rock Skully…

JR July 29, 2014, 18:54:49

If you managed the Dead at one time or had any kind of affiliation with them are you required to publish a memoir? There are at least 2-3 other books like this already out there.

JR July 29, 2014, 18:54:50

If you managed the Dead at one time or had any kind of affiliation with them are you required to publish a memoir? There are at least 2-3 other books like this already out there.

Joshua Katt July 29, 2014, 20:21:30

Apparently so, I’ve read at least 10 of them. Funny how no one seemed to mention this guy although now I see he was involved in the Egypt trip.

Bill Brina July 29, 2014, 21:16:17

Richard Loren is mentioned, if not featured, in several books about the band’s history. Including Dark Star and A Long Strange Trip. He was a colleague and good friend of Jon McIntyre, who was the most decent and urbane human being ever associated with this particular exercise in cat herding. Unfortunately, Jon’s no longer with us; lung cancer claimed him at age 70 early in 2012. Richard Loren was the GD’s point man for the trip to Egypt.
I had the privilege of covering that fiasco for the Hearst chain. I’d tell more, but my attorney advises me the statutes of limitations might still be an issue!

aj July 29, 2014, 21:17:25

This “guy” was very tight with Garcia and was in fact his personal manager for quite a long time(starting in early 70’s). He had great trust among band members and was the point person on setting up Egypt. He got out when the scene got too crazy…

Joshua Katt July 30, 2014, 09:45:32

Thanks all, no doubt I will buy it once released. Also have to re-read “a long strange trip” and start Dark Star. Bill Brina, please tell all, lawyers always get in the way!!!!

dk70 July 30, 2014, 14:55:42

He is also featured in the documentary “Grateful Dawg” in recounting Jerry and David Grisman’s collaboration with “Old and In The Way”.

Bill Brina August 6, 2014, 01:56:08

Josh, my parting comment was somewhat tongue in cheek. The trip to Egypt deserves a chapter or two of its own, if only as a cautionary tale. The books that have been published to date cover most of the pertinent details. I expect Mr. Loren’s forthcoming opus will include the rest, and will organize the tale. The most interesting perspective I’ve read to date was Phil’s. He acknowledges that it was a musical mess, but identifies it as a turning point in his own psychic struggles. If, as he seems to believe, it helped him to begin to turn away from the darkness, then it served a very important purpose, as anyone who’s been witness to some of the amazing music Phil and Friends have made since 1999 can attest.

kat September 18, 2014, 12:09:52

Mr.Loren’s book easily could have taken the low road with gossip but didn’t. He now lives in small town in Maine and loaned me a copy. I don’t know him well but he seems sincere and sharp and certainly provided some solid endorsements from band members, etc.

John September 21, 2014, 19:19:09

Absolutely riveting. An excellent memoir

Brian Avnet October 1, 2014, 17:16:53

A voice from the past. How be thou? Best,
Brian Avnet

Brian Avnet October 1, 2014, 17:17:21

A voice from the past. How be thou? Best,
Brian Avnet

AT October 24, 2014, 11:23:27

I met Richard for the first time yesterday at my restaurant. He is truly a genuine human being. Rich with stories that will enlighten any person into music.

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