That’s right, Martin Scorsese, movie royalty, has signed on to produce a so far untitled documentary about the Grateful Dead. Now I don’t know about you, but this has me all sorts of excited.
Martin Scorsese can pretty much do no wrong when it comes to movies, but he’s also produced some incredible music documentaries: The Last Waltz ignited my love for The Band, while Living In The Material World was an amazing insight into the world of George Harrison. Scorsese has also worked with The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, in case you weren’t convinced yet.
So anyway, back to this documentary. This is being made to coincide with the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary, and will no doubt feature an endless array of live footage – The Dead’s concerts were supposed to be absolutely legendary, I just wish I’d been alive in the 60s and 70s to see them playing the soundtrack to so much of the hippy revolution.
The band have already released the following statement regarding the project:
“Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years. With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one ourselves and Amir (Bar-Lev) is the perfect guy to help us do it. Needless to say, we are humbled to be collaborating with Martin Scorsese. From The Last Waltz to George Harrison: Living In The Material World, from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones, he has made some of the greatest music documentaries ever with some of our favorite artists and we are honoured to have him involved. The 50th will be another monumental milestone to celebrate with our fans and we cannot wait to share this film with them.”
If you’re not familiar with the Grateful Dead, I’d highly recommend them. To get you started, here is one of my favourite songs of theirs, from their 1970 album, American Beauty.
Dead heads, rejoice.