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Long Strange Trip (2017)

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The tale of the Grateful Dead is inspiring, complicated, and downright messy. A tribe of contrarians, they made art out of open-ended chaos and inadvertently achieved success on their own ... See full summary »

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John Perry Barlow ...
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Tom Constanten ...
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Sam Cutler ...
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Donna Godchaux ...
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Keith Godchaux ...
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Robert Hunter ...
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Phil Lesh ...
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Ron McKernan ...
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Dennis McNally ...
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Barbara 'Brigid' Meier ...
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Brent Mydland ...
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The tale of the Grateful Dead is inspiring, complicated, and downright messy. A tribe of contrarians, they made art out of open-ended chaos and inadvertently achieved success on their own terms. Never-before-seen footage and interviews offer this unprecedented and unvarnished look at the life of the Dead.

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The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead

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Documentary

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Rated R for drug content throughout, language and some graphic nudity
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26 May 2017 (USA)  »

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Долгое странное путешествие  »

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In the documentary, it shows clips of footage that has never been seen before. Bob Weir (Guitarist) confirmed this in episode 2 of the 6-Part documentary. See more »

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Sam Cutler: The Grateful Dead are dumb... They make fabulous music, wonderful, amazing music... When it came to business decisions, stupid.
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Althea
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Written by Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia
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Superb On Every Level. And Just Exactly Perfect.
4 June 2017 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

One of the best expressions of the Grateful Dead. In telling the story, the documentary does an excellent job in conveying the mythos that drove the band from their outset and all throughout their odyssey. Best of all, the documentary tells the story using its own voice- it's a totally original approach and it pulls no punches. Are there gaps or things left out? Yes. But as Amir Bar-Lev has said in his interviews, there is a difference between writing wikipedia posts and telling a story. And he really tells a cool story. Regarding the soundtrack: the selections follow the story and the mood in a way that adds punch and poignance to the emotional groundswells that occur throughout the movie (and there are some really potent ones). Bararba Meir, Steve Parish, Dennis Leonard, and SAM CUTLER could each steal the show, but instead their contributions all intertwine, yielding something greater than the parts. And it was great to see Owsley's contributions recognized. So many good things to say about this film!!!! Lastly- the story is done in a way that works for "insiders" as well as anybody unfamiliar with the band. In that regard, it is very much like going to a Grateful Dead concert- there's plenty of room for everybody to make what they want of it. The Omnipotent Grateful Dead.... Bravo Amir!!!!!


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