St. Lawrence graduate Dennis McNally '71 is among the nominees for the 45th
Annual Grammy Awards, presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
Nominees were announced January 7, 2003.
McNally was nominated in the "Best Album Notes" category, as the album
notes writer of The Golden Road (1965-1973), a 12-disc boxed retrospective
of the music of the Grateful Dead. McNally has been the group's historian and
archivist for many years, and wrote what has been called the Dead's "definitive
history," A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead.
The Golden Road, released by Warner Bros. WSM/Rhino Entertainment, includes
the band's entire output while under contract with Warner, along with an 80-page
book chronicling the early history of the Grateful Dead, rare photos and
full-color reproductions of vintage memorabilia.
A history major at St. Lawrence, McNally became involved with the Dead while
researching his first book, Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, the Beat
Generation and America, which was also his doctoral dissertation at
the University of Massachusetts.
Also nominated for a Grammy in the Best Album Notes category are Artie Shaw,
for Artie Shaw: Self Portrait; David Evans, for Screamin' And
Hollerin' The Blues: The Worlds Of Charley Patton; Will Friedwald, for
Sinatra In Hollywood (1940-1964); and Tim Page, for A State Of Wonder:
The Complete Goldberg Variations 1955 & 1981.
The awards, in 104 categories, are to be handed out February 23
at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Posted: January 8, 2003