Stephen Parish

Stephen Parish traveled with the Grateful Dead for more than thirty years, first as a roadie and later as manager of the Jerry Garcia Band. He still works closely with the band and lives in California. Parish is the author of Home Before Daylight (St. Martin’s) which chronicles his experiences with the group.

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Home Before Daylight

by Stephen Parish and Joe Layden

The untold story of life on the road with the Grateful Dead, written by an insider who lived it from the early days to today.

Steve Parish was never one to walk the straight-and-narrow, even during his childhood growing up in Flushing Meadow, Queens. Incarcerated as a teenager for selling acid in 1968, Parish's experience changed him and after getting out, he secured a job moving music equipment at the New York State Pavilion. The first show he worked was a Grateful Dead concert in July of 1969, and Parish was captivated by the music and he fell in quickly with a band of likeminded misfits who formed the nucleus of what would be the greatest road crew in rock 'n' roll history. Home Before Daylight is a story of friendship, of music and redemption. It is a piece of music history, one that reflects the American spirit of adventure and brotherhood. Seen through Steve Parish's eyes and experiences, The Grateful Dead's wild ride has never been so revealing.

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