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Published: 2012/04/13

Pigpen Biopic in the Works

A new feature film about the life of Grateful Dead founding member Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, Pigpen…a blues singer, is in the works. Produced by Terry Allen Fraser and Diana Raquel Sainz (‘The Encore of Tony Duran’), the biopic follows the life of Pigpen from his start as a young blues musician to his time as the Grateful Dead’s frontman.

“The world of the Grateful Dead continues to be huge,” Sainz says. “It’s still a strong international community of creative fans and loyal followers. Pigpen was part of the big picture, but met an early and untimely death at the age of 27. We are still in the development stages of this project, but the response, support, and feedback has been overwhelming. With the story transforming into what will entertain and illuminate music fans everywhere, the film will honor a talent that remains forever in the hearts of many—and is unknown to many more.”

Pigpen…a blues singer is slated for release in late 2013, honoring the 40th anniversary of the legendary musician’s death.


There are 7 comments associated with this post

Cleeet April 13, 2012, 15:41:16

They’re still in development and they want to release the picture late next year? Good luck with that! Great subject though.

Timothy Souza April 14, 2012, 00:28:32

Ron “PigPen” McKernan. He was the genius behind the raw bluesy psychedelic grateful dead. I cannot wait for this film, definitely gonna go see it multiple times, and buy it when it is released on DVD. PigPen is the man!

jed April 14, 2012, 10:07:51

“see it multiple times”? It’s not LOTR. Once will be sufficient.

jsm April 14, 2012, 10:24:16

Well…LOTR got really old, really quick…the Shire was cool and then I woke up as every one was leaving

MalcolmO April 14, 2012, 23:53:20

For those that don’t know, it was Pigpen that got the Grateful Dead to be an electric band so he could do Chicago blues. Jerry said that Pigpen was the talent in the band and that he lots of talent but little discipline. When he died, I thought the GD’s popularity would plummet. Happily, I was wrong. But I missed him nonetheless. Glad to see him getting the recognition.

dave bonan April 16, 2012, 01:17:35

also, his dad was one of the first FM dj’s in the bay area so he was listening to all those influences.

Randall Mikkelsen April 18, 2012, 12:41:02

This is cool. I’d been hoping for just such a movie (or book). I hope it gives a lot of space to his relationship with Janis Joplin — the King and Queen of the Psychedelic Blues.

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