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Deadheads of a certain stripe will line up for anything remotely related to their idols, so a real band-sponsored enterprise should draw ’em in droves. (Full disclosure: I myself own the non-band-sponsored Deadhead’s Taping Compendium—Volumes I, II, and III—not to mention the officially licensed Psychedelic Bus of Dead Knowledge on CD-ROM.) Expect plenty of amateur Grateful Dead historians to be there to greet Dennis McNally, the official Grateful Dead historian and former band publicist, when he appears in support of A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead. McNally is writing for a general audience—though he may not attract much of one by asserting that the concert equipment was “alive…a sentient alchemical sculpture”—and his access to the band was unprecedented. His book should prove the best of the latest spate of Deadinalia. Be there with bells on at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 1200 F St. NW. Free. (202) 347-3686. (Caroline Schweiter)