GRATEFUL DEAD: Uncle Marty’s Band
Martin Scorsese is producing a documentary in conjunction with the band’s 50th anniversary.
Director Martin Scorsese, who was part of the film crew at Woodstock; directed The Last Waltz, the story of The Band‘s last concert; The Rolling Stones‘ concert film, Shine a Light; as well as documentaries on Bob Dylan and George Harrison, has turned his attention to The Grateful Dead. He will produce an authorized documentary on the San Francisco band that will be out next year in conjunction with their 50th anniversary. David Lemieux, the Dead’s archivist, will be the film’s music supervisor.
The surviving members of the Dead — Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart — issued a statement saying, “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… Needless to say, we are humbled to be collaborating with Martin Scorsese.”
And Marty adds, “The Grateful Dead were more than just a band. They were their own planet, populated by millions of devoted fans. I’m very happy that this picture is being made and proud to be involved.”