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Jack Straw
08-05-17, 06:45 PM
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Director Amir Bar-Lev and executive producer Martin Scorsese have sold the rights to the six-part Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip to Amazon. I can't recommend this 6 episode/4 hour Grateful Dead documentary highly enough! Great archival footage and interesting interviews takes you on the band's journey/odyssey from their inception as a jug band into the Warlocks and then the Grateful Dead . It's currently only available to Amazon Prime subscribers and will hopefully become available via Blu-ray/DVD at some point.

https://www.jambase.com/article/typical-daydream-director-amir-bar-lev-discusses-long-strange-trip-grateful-dead-documentary

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/grateful-dead-doc-long-strange-trip-premieres-at-sundance-w462673

https://www.amazon.com/Long-Strange-Trip/dp/B071DPRB9M?tag=mfconvert-20

slybone
08-06-17, 10:41 AM
Finished this a couple of weeks ago. A good watch, and taught me a lot I didn't know about the band and their history.

sauce07
08-07-17, 10:06 AM
I watched this too, great overview of why they truly are the greatest/most important american band of all time. It was great to see some footage of the wall of sound and trip to Egypt. If i'm going to nitpick it, I do think this should've been titled Jerry Garcia & Drugs, because that was the main focus.

Supermallet
08-08-17, 08:04 PM
I thought it was disappointing. If you weren't already a Deadhead, this feels inscrutable, and hardly touches on the actual music the band made. I understand that the personalities and images and drugs are a big part of their mystique, but the vast majority of their catalog wasn't even mentioned. The way those personalities and images and drugs influenced the music was barely mentioned.

johnnnygolfer
11-21-17, 09:16 AM
When will we hear from AMAZON when the DVD will be released?

Hokeyboy
11-21-17, 09:28 AM
I thought it was disappointing. If you weren't already a Deadhead, this feels inscrutable, and hardly touches on the actual music the band made. I understand that the personalities and images and drugs are a big part of their mystique, but the vast majority of their catalog wasn't even mentioned. The way those personalities and images and drugs influenced the music was barely mentioned.
I could barely get through it. I'm not a Deadhead, I mostly found them entirely insufferable for years. But lately I've been introduced to a few of their longer, more progressive pieces and found something to enjoy (especially 'Weather Report Suite'), so I decided to give the documentary a shot.

Ugh. I agree with you. Unless you were already in major awe of the personalities and their following, this was a slog and a dud.

johnnnygolfer
11-21-17, 11:06 AM
I disagree. There were a few records I really liked. "Workingman's dead" and "American beauty" but I was more of a rocker.

I did not really know the backstory to the Dead. How they started, influenced the scene in Frisco and built such a huge following. Also their relentless work ethic and the harmful effect on the band.

What surprised me was the extensive use of LSD without any, obvious, negative, residual effects. This must be solely due to the purity of product.

This documentary is long, 3 1/2 hours, but I enjoyed it and thought it was very well put together. You can't please everyone. Look at the reviews. Overwhelmingly positive. So, if you did not care for this, you are not so much as "out of touch" but perhaps not "into" interesting music documentaries.

I would have loved to have seen this in a theater. WHEN is the DVD release??

P.S. I saw the Dead and New Riders in Santa Barbara "in the day". May 20th 1973.

Supermallet
11-21-17, 11:42 AM
Oh brother. Glad you liked it. As a more casual fan of the band I found it inscrutable. I don’t care how many other people rated it positively. I went in wanting to learn more about the band and their music, but mostly just learned about the band.


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