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DEATH OF `DEAD' STAR MEANS NEW LIFE FOR BOOKS

For Deadheads, the death of Jerry Garcia was one big bummer, man.

But for publishers, having the subject of a book die almost always means a sales boost, since the book passes into memorabilia land. And for the dozen or so houses that publish books on the Dead, the death of Garcia, the group's leader, is already translating into big profits.One book, the paperback edition of "Captain Trips" (Thunder's Mouth Press), a biography of Garcia by Sandy Troy, which was trickling out of stores, is now hopping onto paperback best-seller lists.

Two others, "The Grateful Dead Family Album" (Warner Books), a 1990 collection of photographs and other memorabilia, by Jerilyn Lee Brandelius, and "The Grateful Dead" (William Morrow & Co.), by Paul Grushkin, are also selling fast.

- Mary B.W. Tabor