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Published: 2012/03/22

The Grateful Dead Dawn of the Dead Documentary to be Released in May

A new Grateful Dead documentary, titled Dawn of the Dead: The Grateful Dead & The Rise of the San Francisco Underground, will be released on May 22. The documentary provides an in-depth analysis of the rise of the San Francisco underground music scene, the emergence of the psychedelic scene and the definitive band surrounding the movement, the Grateful Dead. While the film focuses on the Dead and their position at the helm of the movement, it also explores the worlds of Big Brother & The Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane, The Charlatans and Quicksilver Messenger Service.

In addition to live and studio footage of Grateful Dead and the other San Francisco bands, the documentary also includes news reports from the time as well as brand new interviews with Grateful Dead manager Rock Scully; the Dead’s experimental professor, Tom ‘T.C.’ Constanten; Big Brother’s Peter Albin; Mike Willlhelm of The Charlatans; publicist and official Dead biographer, Dennis McNally; Counter-Culture and Dead author and journalist (and host of ‘The Grateful Dead Hour’), David Gans; Merry Prankster and best friend of the late Ken Kesey, Ken Babbs, plus commentary from noted journalists from the scene.

You can check out the official trailer below. Order your copy here.


There are 9 comments associated with this post

matt March 22, 2012, 14:17:28

Frisco? Really???

jed March 22, 2012, 19:42:57

What new light could possibly be shed on this subject?

smarcus1031 March 23, 2012, 11:31:48

Yea, “Frisco?”
Whoever is behind the marketing of this is obviously NOT from San Francisco because only southern Californians or cultural idiots would refer to SF as “Frisco.”

Hank Harrison March 23, 2012, 11:52:33

The only people who ever got away with using “Frisco” were and are, the Hell’s Angels, and maybe Herb Caen when he was putting people down for calling it Frisco.

Dave-o March 25, 2012, 15:49:23

Whoever wrote this review needs a little “perspective check” on the time and period they’re writing about from someone who lived there and saw most of those shows from 1966 and on. The reality, unlike the current perception, was that in the heyday of ’66-‘68 the Grateful Dead was NOT “at the helm of the movement”. ALL of those band mentioned, Quicksilver, the Dead, Big Brother, the Airplane were at the helm of that musical movement. The Charlatans – although psychedelic pioneers – were never quite at the apex of those other bands and faded early in the mix. Whereas the other four bands often co-headlined with each other. And again, the Dead in those seminal mid to late ’60’s years were not “at the helm” vs Quicksilver, the Airplane and Big Brother. Those four were all equal heavyweights in their own right and in their gravitas/cred with concert goers. The amazing thing separating the Dead from those other peer bands, is their truly awesome decades-long longevity as a living, creative band, as opposed to a just “caricature band” – right up to Jerry’s death and still continuing to the present with Ratdog, Further, Phil Lesh & Friends etc. Long live the Dead and its various iterations.

MalcolmO March 31, 2012, 00:58:49

Good points, Dave-o. Thanks for those. At the same time, the producers know who to pitch to. ;) Besides, which of those groups has the most media on hand.

Rob Maurie March 31, 2012, 01:51:42

As one who who search any available media the past 40 years for anything on the Dead and the San Fransisco sound and culture of the 60’s , I have to lament that the subject has been worked to death. A Dead give away is the inclusion of David Gans in the process,a seld labeled Dead scholar who has never in my recollection had anything to say that has not already been told or written a hundred times before. Good for the kids maybe, who dont know any better.

Moondog April 1, 2012, 12:37:50

Those guys in the trailer speaking today all look pretty old. I better go look in the mirror again and see how ancient I look . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yep, I’m an old man now.

randyh July 21, 2014, 17:28:22

Just to stir the pot on the whole “Frisco” rant. There are acoustic versions by the Dead of “I know you Rider” where there is the following verse: “I’d rather drink muddy water than sleep in a hollow log, I’d rather drink muddy water than sleep in a hollow log, than stay here in FRISCO and be treated like a dog” Harpur College May 2 1970 comes to mind, Dick’s Picks Vol. 8. Just saying…...

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