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Grateful Dead and related songbooks

A selection of songbooks containing Grateful Dead or related music is listed below. This list is not intended to be comprehensive.

The songbooks are grouped by performer / songwriter.

Additions and corrections are welcome




Related bibliography pages:
Grateful Dead bookshelf
Grateful Dead related fiction
San Francisco sixties music books
Source and reference books
Record label bibliography



Grateful Dead songbooks

Grateful Dead, 1973, Ice Nine Publishing

Music and lyrics for songs from American Beauty and Workingman's Dead.

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Grateful Dead, Vol 2, 1976, Ice Nine Publishing / Warner Brothers

Music and lyrics for songs from Wake Of The Flood, From The Mars Hotel and Blues For Allah.

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Grateful Dead Anthology, 1979, Ice Nine Publishing / Warner Brothers

Music and lyrics for songs from recordings made between 1967 and 1978.

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The Best of the Grateful Dead, 1979, Ice Nine Publishing / Warner Brothers

Music and lyrics for eleven pre-1976 songs.

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Grateful Dead: Guitar Superstar Series, 1986, Ice Nine Publishing / Warner Brothers

'Super Tab' notation for a selection of 10 Grateful Dead songs.

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The Best of Grateful Dead for Guitar, 1988, Ice Nine Publishing / Warner Brothers

Music and lyrics for 21 songs.

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In The Dark Songbook, 1988, Alfred Music

Music and lyrics for songs from the In The Dark album.

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The Grateful Dead Made Easy For Guitar, 1989?, Warner Brothers

Music and lyrics for 19 songs from a selection of Dead albums.

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Built To Last Songbook, 1989, Alfred Music

Music and lyrics for songs from the Built To Last album.

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Grateful Dead Anthology for Intermediate Guitar, 1990, Ice Nine Publishing / Warner Brothers

Music, for guitar, and lyrics for songs from a selection of Dead albums.

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Grateful Dead Anthology for Easy Guitar, 1990?

Music, for guitar, and lyrics for songs from a selection of Dead albums.

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The New Best of Grateful Dead, 1990, Alfred Music

Music and lyrics for 10 Grateful Dead songs.

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A Box of Rain: Collected Lyrics of Robert Hunter, Robert Hunter, 1990, Viking

Robert Hunter's song lyrics for the Grateful Dead and others.

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Classic Grateful Dead: Selections from American Beauty, 1991, Alfred Music

Guitar-Tab edition of five songs from American Beauty.

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Classic Grateful Dead: Selections from Workingman's Dead, 1991, Alfred Music

Guitar-Tab edition of five songs from Workingman's Dead.

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Without A Net Songbook, 1991, Alfred Music

Songs from the Without A Net live double album.

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Grateful Dead (Rock Legends Series), 1993, Alfred Music

Songs selected from American Beauty and Workingman's Dead.

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A Box of Rain: Lyrics 1965-1993 (Expanded and revised edition), Robert Hunter, 1993, Penguin

The expanded edition of Box Of Rain collects Hunter's song lyrics, for the Grateful Dead and others, up to 1993.

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Grateful Dead Anthology II, 1996, Alfred Music

Music and lyrics for 50 songs from recordings made between 1967 and 1996.

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Grateful Dead: Authentic Guitar Classics Vol. 1, 1996, Alfred Music

'Authentic Guitar-Tab Edition' publication of a selection of songs from American Beauty and Workingman's Dead.

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Grateful Dead: Authentic Guitar Classics Vol. 2, 1996, Alfred Music

'Authentic Guitar-Tab Edition' publication of a selection of songs.

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Hundred Year Hall Songbook, 1996, Alfred Music

Music and lyrics for songs from the Hundred Year Hall release.

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Grateful Dead Anthology Box Set, 2000, Alfred Music

A set that combines the previously separately published Anthology and Anthology II. Includes 102 songs.

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The New Best of Grateful Dead for Guitar, 2000

Music and lyrics for 12 Grateful Dead songs.

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Music of the Grateful Dead: Arranged for Fingerstyle Guitar, 2001, Grossman's Guitar Workshop

Instructional book that includes tabs, lyrics and music.

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Easy Guitar Anthology: 20 Greatest Hits, 2002, Alfred Music

20 songs arranged in EZ guitar format.

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The Very Best of Grateful Dead, 2004, Alfred Music

Music for 17 songs released in conjunction with the Very Best Of The Grateful Dead album.

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Grateful Dead: Play Their Songs Now: Song Xpress, 2005 (DVD), Alfred Music

An instructional DVD, for beginning and intermediate guitarists, that demonstrates how to play four Grateful Dead songs.

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Garcia/Hunter Songbook: Songs Of The Grateful Dead, 2005, Alfred Music

Music and lyrics for 76 Garcia / Hunter compositions.

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Grateful Dead Favorites to Strum and Sing, 2005, Alfred Music

A songbook with 26 Grateful Dead songs.

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Songs from the Golden Road: 8 Classics from American Beauty and Workingman's Dead, 2013, Alfred Music

Music and lyrics for 8 songs from American Beauty and Workingman's Dead.

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Learn Seven More Grateful Dead Classics for Acoustic Guitar, 2013, Homespun

A DVD / PDF instructional package.

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Grateful Dead: Guitar TAB Anthology, 2014

Guitar transcriptions of 14 of the band's best-known songs, drawn from various career-spanning classic albums.

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Grateful Dead Definitive Collection, 2015, Hal Leonard

A collection of 54 Grateful Dead songs.

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Grateful Dead Guitar Anthology, 2015, Hal Leonard

Guitar transcriptions for 20 songs.

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Grateful Dead For Easy Piano, 2015, Hal Leonard

12 Grateful Dead songs arranged for piano.

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Grateful Dead For Ukulele, 2015, Hal Leonard

20 Grateful Dead songs arranged for ukulele.

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Grateful Dead: Guitar Chord Songbook, 2016, Hal Leonard

Lyrics and chords for 30 songs.

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Grateful Dead: Guitar Play-Along (Vol. 186), 2016, Hal Leonard

Instructional guide covering a number of Grateful Dead songs.

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Various artist songbooks that include at least one Grateful Dead song

The Greatest Rock Classics for Easy Guitar, 1978, Warner Bros

Includes at least one Grateful Dead song.

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Rise Up Singing, 1989, Sing Out Publications

This songbook includes the Garcia/Hunter song Ripple.

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Star Power: The Best in Rock Guitar: Authentic Guitar-Tab Edition, 1993, Alfred Music

Includes Truckin'.

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The Essential Classic Rock Bass Lines, 1997, Alfred Music

Includes Casey Jones, Friend Of The Devil and Truckin'.

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60s Psychedelic Guitar, Tom Kolb, 1998, Hal Leonrd

An instruction video and booklet for guitar players that provides insights into the playing styles of a number of guitarists of the sixties including Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jorma Kaukonen.

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Prime Cuts: Classic Rock Guitar, 1999, Alfred Music

Includes Box Of Rain, Truckin' and Casey Jones.

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80 Years Of Popular Music: The Seventies, 199?, Alfred Music

Includes Truckin'.

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The Psychedelic Years, 19??

Includes at least one Grateful Dead song.

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Easy Guitar Big Book, 2000, Alfred Music

Includes Truckin' and Casey Jones.

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Double Shot of Classic Rock, 2000, Alfred Music

Includes Sugar Magnolia and Truckin'.

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Where Are They Now: The 60's Era, 2000, Alfred Music

Includes Sugar Magnolia, Truckin' and Uncle John's Band.

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Where Are They Now: The 70's Era, 2000, Alfred Music

Includes Casey Jones.

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Best In Classic Rock Sheet Music, 2000, Alfred Music

Includes Truckin'.

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Selections From Great Expectations, 2000, Alfred Music

Includes Uncle John's Band.

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Classic Rock Guitar: Big Book Xtreme, 2001, Alfred Music

Includes Casey Jones, Dark Star, Playing In The Band, Sugaree, Truckin' and Uncle John's Band.

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Rock Bass Lines Big Book, 2001, Alfred Music

Includes Casey Jones and Truckin'.

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60's Rock: From Beatniks to Hippies, 2001, Music Sales Limited

Includes tablature for part of the Live/Dead version of Dark Star.

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Folk-Rock Guitar Bible, 2001, Hal Leonard

This songbook includes a Grateful Dead version of Dark Hollow.

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Classic Rock Guitar Big Book, 2001, Alfred Music

This songbook includes Touch Of Grey.

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Classic Rock Of The Late 60s: The Woodstock Era, 2002, Alfred Music

Includes Sugar Magnolia, Dark Star and Uncle John's Band.

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Classic Rock Of The 70s: Soft Rock: The Singer-Songwriters, 2002, Alfred Music

Includes Playing In The Band, Sugaree, Truckin' and Casey Jones.

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Guitar One Presents: Classic Rock Tab, 2002, Hal Leonard/Cherry Lane Music

Includes Uncle John's Band.

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Classic Rock: Just Real Book, 2002, Alfred Music

Includes, Casey Jones, Friend Of The Devil and Uncle John's Band.

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Ultimate Classic Rock Showstoppers, 2002, Alfred Music

Includes Sugar Magnolia and Truckin'.

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Acoustic Guitar Favorites, 2002, Cherry Lane Music

Includes Me & My Uncle as a Grateful Dead song.

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The Essential Classic Rock Bass Lines, 200?, Alfred Music

Includes Casey Jones, Friend Of The Devil and Truckin'.

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Ultimate Classic Rock Guitar Collection, 2003, Alfred Music

Includes Casey Jones and Truckin'.

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The Greater Guitar White Pages / The Ultimate White Pages: Guitar Vol. 1, 2003, Alfred Music

Includes Casey Jones, Sugar Magnolia, Truckin' and Uncle John's Band.

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Greater Acoustic Guitar Directory / The Ultimate White Pages: Acoustic Guitar, 2004, Alfred Music

This songbook includes Sugaree and Uncle John's Band.

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That '70s Song, 2005, Alfred Music

Includes Truckin'.

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Classic Rock Hits for Easy Guitar, 2006, Hal Leonard

Includes Friend of the Devil.

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Acoustic Rock Hits for Easy Guitar, 2006, Hal Leonard

Includes Ripple.

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44 Eclectic Hits for Classsic Rock Guitar, 2006, ALfred Music

This songbook includes Box Of Rain, Casey Jones, Friend of the Devil and Uncle John's Band.

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52 Eclectic Hits for Rock Guitar, 2006, Alfred Music

Includes Truckin'.

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Acoustic Guitar Songs, 2007, Alfred Music

Includes the Grateful Dead songs Ripple and Friend Of The Devil.

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Rock Guitar Songs, 2007, Alfred Music

Includes the Grateful Dead songs Casey Jones and Truckin'.

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Jerry Garcia songbooks

Garcia, 1972

Songs from Garcia's first solo LP.

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Improvising Blues Guitar: A Programmed Manual of Instruction, 1973

This instructional manual that is based on recorded blues solos includes a section based on a Jerry Garcia solo.

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Garcia Songbook, 199? (possibly based on the 1972 publication)

Songs from Garcia's first solo LP.

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Jerry Garcia Songbook, 2002

86 songs from most Garcia groups away from the Grateful Dead.

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Shady Grove Acoustic Guitar Solos, Jerry Garcia, 2002

Transcriptions of Jerry Garcia guitar solos, with melodies, lyrics and chords, for the songs included on the Garcia/Grisman CD Shady Grove.

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Lessons Taken to Heart: Private Banjo & Guitar Studies with Jerry Garcia, Mary E. Gibbons, 2004

This book includes 22 tablature arrangements of folk songs, some with several variations, handwritten by Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead.

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Old & In The Way Banjo Songbook, 2005

Easy-to-follow lead sheet style arrangements of all the songs on the original Old & In The Way album. Plus transcriptions, in note-for-note tablature, of all Jerry Garcia's banjo breaks.

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Songbooks with covers of Grateful Dead songs

40 Oz. To Freedom, Sublime, 199?

Songs from the Sublime album 40 Oz. To Freedom which includes the Garcia/Hunter song Scarlet Begonias.

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Grateful Guitar, David Cullen, 2004

Complete standard notation and guitar tab transcriptions of 10 of solo guitar arrangements of Grateful Dead songs from the David Cullen CD Grateful Guitar.

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Dead Cello: A Solo Cello Suite Based on the Music of the Grateful Dead, Aaron Minsky (Von Cello), 2010

Sheet music for a cello suite based on The Other One, Dark Star, Stella Blue and Truckin'.

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Last updated January 2020