As we all know, Relix now covers bands all over the current musical scene, but this book is focused on the Grateful Dead and the sociological phenomenon associated with them and their followers. The magazine itself went through growing pains in the late 70s, and several issues featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Joan Jett, and other less "jam-worthy" recording artists incited the passionate Dead fan base. In order to regain the support of the core readership who had vaulted Relix into the public eye, Toni Brown refocused the magazine back towards them, even putting the name "Dead" back into the name of the publication. These sorts of historical details can be found throughout the book and will prove interesting to the seasoned Dead Head. Featuring lush art throughout the book (sampled from past Relix issues) and editorial comments from the book's authors, the book is visually stimulating and full of noteworthy information. "Relix: The Book" features historical interviews from all the main members of the Grateful Dead as well as snippets concerning the Dead's "extended family." Within the pages of this book, one will find reference to the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Jefferson Airplane, Merl Saunders, Bob Dylan, Phish and the myriad other bands who either sprung from the wake of the Dead, or were influenced by them. This attractive package is a definitive collection of information, and will make an excellent contribution for the discerning Dead Head's coffee table.
- By J. Evan Wade