Dennis McNally received his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Desolate Angel, his thesis, became a biography of Jack Kerouac published by Random House in 1979. It brought him to the attention of Jerry Garcia, who tapped McNally to be the band’s official biographer in 1980. McNally assumed publicist duties in 1984 and worked for the organization until 2008. His most recent book, On Highway 61, was awarded an ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thompson award. He lives in San Francisco.