Grateful Dead

A Trip Without a Ticket

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A Trip Without a Ticket is an Italian Grateful Dead book packaged with a bootleg CD. The CD contains nearly 33 minutes of studio outtakes dating from 1967 to 1970, but primarily from the 1968-69 sessions that produced Aoxomoxoa. Sound quality varies, but is mostly good, and the performances, while rudimentary and sometimes tentative, provide a sense of the music's development. The book is a 7-7/8" x 7-7/8", 96-page paperback that contains an extensive discography, a reprint of the Jerry Garcia interview from the 1969 book The Jefferson Airplane and the San Francisco Sound, and a biography of the Dead by Pasquale Di Bello, printed in English and Italian. Di Bello's text has been translated inexpertly into a fractured version of English that is often unintentionally funny (on Aoxomoxoa: "The arrival of Constanten and the completely lacks of his vocals made this an album orphan of Pig Pen"), and sometimes, perhaps intentionally, poetic (on psychedelic rock music: "It's a dream trip to the back that touches the ground of conscience").