Stuff We Really Don’t Need: A Grateful Dead Biopic

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Just let Val Kilmer play Weir and be done with it, dudes…

By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern

Okay, so two of my uncles were seriously into the Grateful Dead – I think there was even a karaoke session of “Truckin’” and “Sugar Magnolia” one Christmas at the Martinez house – but that doesn’t mean that I have to perpetuate it as a so-called music journalist. But it appears I, and many of my fellow writers, are destined to suffer: as Rolling Stone reports:

“A limited-run Grateful Dead bio-series is in the works at Amazon, with Bob Weir slated to executive produce and oversee all aspects of the show’s music, Deadline reports. The as-yet-untitled series is based on Steve Parish’s 2003 memoir, Home Before Daylight: My Life On the Road with the Grateful Dead. In the book, Parish — who will serve as an executive producer on the show — chronicles his time as a member of the Grateful Dead’s extended family, starting with his work as a roadie and later as Jerry Garcia’s manager and confidant. In 2008, as Rolling Stone reported, Parish and producer Stephen Emery attempted to turn Home Before Daylight into a Grateful Dead biopic. The project, however, stalled despite having Weir signed on as music director, and Jefferson Airplane, Neil Young and Bob Dylan all set to contribute to the soundtrack.”

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Amazon? Seriously? Meh. And folks wonder why we Millennials are starting to turn to the NRA and gun rights positions? Oh, by the way—the term is confidante, not “confidant.”

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