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


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.”


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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