St. Martin’s PressCoinciding with The Grateful Dead‘s 50th anniversary, the group’s founding drummer Bill Kreutzmann will be publishing a new memoir in the spring. In Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with The Grateful Dead, which hits stores on May 5, Kreutzmann candidly delves into the many musical milestones and excesses he experienced with the legendary jam band over the course of its 30-year history.

Kreutzmann, who performed at every one of The Grateful Dead’s more than 2,300 concerts, recalls in uncensored detail his many exploits with the beloved group. And what adventures he had, from taking part in Ken Kesey‘s Acid Tests and performing at the Monterey Pop and Woodstock festivals, to attending The Rolling Stones‘ infamous Altamont concert and touring with Bob Dylan.

Deal, which Kreutzmann co-wrote with music journalist Benjy Eisen, also features dozens of black-and-white photos and a 16-page insert of color images.

Meanwhile, Kreutzmann has a variety of performances lined up this year, among them The Grateful Dead’s previously announced Fare Thee Well reunion shows taking place June 3-5 at Chicago’s Soldier Field. His itinerary also features several concerts with his new group Billy & the Kids, including a March 28 gig with special guest Robert Randolph at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, that will showcase songs the Dead played during its historic Europe ’72 tour. Visit to check out other events on the drummer’s schedule.

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