Amazon Eyes Grateful Dead Bio-Series

What a long, strange trip this will be.

Amazon Studios is developing a limited bio series about The Grateful Dead, it announced on Tuesday.

The project will be based on roadie Steve Parish’s memoir, Home Before Daylight: My Life On the Road with the Grateful Dead.

Parish will serve as executive producer on the potential series, alongside Bob Weir, founding member of the Grateful Dead, who will also oversee all aspects of music for the series.

No writer is attached to the project at present, but according to a statement from the streaming service, “meetings will be taking place over the next several weeks” to settle on a scribe.

Would you hit the road with a Grateful Dead-based series? Hit the comments with your thoughts — and casting ideas!

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2 Comments
  1. Eric says:

    Yes! I would absolutely watch this. Though wary of the Dead in my younger days, I absolutely love them now. A legendary group with a long, influential history.

  2. Tom22 says:

    I hope they play a lot of music. I’d love to hear some legendary musicians who “got” their music commentating on it. I doubt they’ll get as academic as going into theories on polyrhtyms and the sort of modal exploration they sometimes went into as their jams progressed but those aren’t the sorts of discussions even fans would necessarily be interested in.
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    The bottom line is, I believe there is a lot of very special music going on in their live shows (of which nearly all were recorded at decent quality) that some percentage of people really connect to in an almost physical way. (if you want me to go really academic I’d suggest that they do brain resonance studies on them like they check how different places light up with different stimulus in the brain for people with ADHD.
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    I think people who don’t really get deeply moved by the music want to chalk the whole thing up as something “cultural” . It really was more about the music, which only some brains connected to IMO.