by John Clark –
I have here in my Book “Dead Angel” written about my boyhood friend, Jerry Garcia, and our “encounter.” My name is John Clark. While I was growing up in San Francisco, I was fortunate enough to be Jerry Garcia’s best friend. We grew up on the same block, Harrington Street, in the Excelsior District. That is where Jerry and I met at the advanced ages of 5 and 6 years old. Jerry and I stayed in touch thereafter until his untimely death in 1995. Dead Angel shows a side of Jerry that very few people are aware of and of course most of his fans, as well as historians, would like to know. He was a kind, gentle child, not the allegedly crazed drug addict as so many persons may have portrayed him to be at some later point in time. I am well aware that many of Jerry’s fans, world-wide, will enjoy reading about his / our earliest years. This is to me evidenced by all of the people who have already read my book.
I just want you to know that I loved your book. WOW!!! where can I get your other book pozan. –Cori Morrison
Long before he was lead singer for the Grateful Dead Jerry Garcia was a scrappy kid with his buddy JOhn Clark –Carolyn Jones SF Chronicle
This book is a beautiful story about a loving friendship, You will laugh ,cry, left on the edge of your seat –Kasey Delgado Entertainment Mag –This text refers to the Spiral-bound edition.
Author John Clark, who grew up with Garcia in San Francisco, reveals for the first time many experiences relevant not only to diehard ‘Dead Head’ fans, but to anyone intrigued with the turbulent culture of rock music and motorcycle gangs from the 1960s on. Among the questions Clark tackles are how he and Garcia first met outlaw bikers, and how Garcia conceived of the Grateful Dead. Viewable for the first time are several original photos of Jerry Garcia. Praise for the book’s realism comes from those close to the action. Jerry Garcia’s brother Cliff says it is ‘the best book I have read about my Brother.’ And according to Filthy Phil, Former President of Frisco Hell’s Angels, ‘Dead Angel is the best I have read about the Hell’s Angels. It is the truth.’