London photographer Adrian Boot joined the Grateful Dead on their 1978 journey to Egypt, chronicling the event for British music publications NME and Melody Maker. Boot suggested to Jerry Garcia that they escape the well-visited Giza Pyramids and venture south to Cairo to the lesser-known step pyramid of Djaser.
"When we got to Saqqara," Boot says, "we were able to go under the pyramids and have a very intimate visit. It was very hot, of course, and as we stood there, I just looked at Jerry and framed pictures with the pyramid behind him. Of course, in those days, you had no idea what you would get when shooting film, and my concerns were predominantly technical. I really liked Jerry and the Dead, because they had a sense of humor, which was uncommon in Seventies rock stars, especially Americans. He was very cagey, answering difficult questions in metaphysical terms and being wry, so you didn't quite know how series he was. When I said goodbye, I thanked him and said it was a great time, but I had not seen a pyramid levitate as promised. He suggested I just hadn't been paying attention."