Grateful Dead’s 50-year career to be chronicled in Martin Scorsese-produced documentary

Martin Scorsese to make a documentary celebrating 50 years of the Grateful Dead. Deadheads, check out the 20 minute clip from the 1986 Farm Aid concert. Absolutely stellar.

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Legendary jam band Grateful Dead will see its 50th anniversary commemorated with a brand new full-length documentary due out next year. As Deadline reports, the authorized production will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev (Happy Valley, 12-12-12, The Tillman Story), with Martin Scorsese serving as executive producer. Music supervision will be handled by longtime Dead archivist David Lemieux.

The as-yet-untitled film will trace the path of the band’s origins in 1965, touch on the death of frontman Jerry Garcia back in 1995, and wrap up with the band’s current schedule. Surviving band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir will all be interviewed for the project, as will “other characters and pranksters from the Dead universe.” The interviews will be interspersed with never-before-seen concert and behind-the-scenes footage.

In a statement, Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh, and Weir said, “Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years. With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it…

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About Dina

Dina is Policy Director and Senior Research Associate at the Center for World Indigenous Studies, and teaches American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos. A descendant of the Colville Confederated Tribes of Washington, she holds a bachelor's degree in Native American Studies and a master's degree in American Studies with a research focus on indigenous studies, both from the University of New Mexico. She is a veteran Indian artist, and dancer in the Native American powwow tradition. Along with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, she is co-author of "'All the Real Indians Died Off' and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans" (Beacon Press). As a freelance writer, she writes for KCET Link TV, was a long-time contributor to Indian Country Media Network, Native People's Magazine and numerous other outlets.
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