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Career-spanning Grateful Dead photo book "Eyes of the World" available now

Rock Out BooksA new coffee-book titled Eyes of the World: Grateful Dead Photography 1965–1995 -- featuring a career-spanning collection of images of the legendary jam band -- is now in stores.

The book, which was co-edited by former Relix editor-in-chief Josh Baron and respected rock photographer Jay Blakesberg, includes 220 images snapped by 61 different photographers.

The editors of Eyes of the World consider the book to be the definitive collection of photographs documenting The Grateful Dead's full history. Among the photographers whose work appears in the publication are Annie Leibovitz, Jim Marshall, Mark Seliger, Herb Greene and Blakesberg. The book mixes famous photos with lesser-known pics and previously unseen images.

Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh says of the book, "These photographs really capture the spirit of the Grateful Dead's 30-year adventure." Drummer Mickey Hart adds, "A startling reminder of how good things can get with a touch of grace, some laughter and a lot of good luck. You can almost hear the joy in these images that only music can bring."

Graham Nash, who penned the book's foreword, writes, "It's obvious that the authors of these photographs were great fans and also that they had a unique perspective. They were 'trusted.' Trusted so much that it's certain that the band were completely comfortable in revealing the many faces of themselves."

To promote Eyes of the World, a couple of book-signing events have been scheduled: Saturday, October 28 at Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York City and Thursday, November 30, at Lesh's Terrapin Crossroads club in San Rafael, California. More events are expected to be announced soon.

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