Grateful Dead documentary coming to Amazon Prime
A new Grateful Dead documentary called Long Strange Trip has been getting great reviews, and surprising even longtime Deadheads for its comprehensive look into America’s first jam band.
Amazon Prime will debut the four-hour long documentary on June 2, a week after its limited release in theaters.
In theaters, the film was shown with an intermission. When Amazon acquired the documentary earlier this year, the company suggested Long Strange Trip would be broken up into episodes.
How can I watch the Grateful Dead documentary?
Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to get Long Strange Trip for free as part of their subscription.
You can get an Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial to check out all the episodes.
Amazon is also releasing a two-disc soundtrack for Long Strange Trip. The 19 tracks include remastered cuts from shows across the globe, capturing some of the band’s most dynamic live performances.
You can also stream the soundtrack using a free trial of Amazon Music Unlimited.
Background on Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead
The Dead is known best for its live shows, playing a stream-of-consciousness style of music that mixed rock, blues, folk, soul, R&B, jazz, country and gospel.
The film was directed by Amir Bar-Lev, known best for his documentary, The Tillman Story. Amazon Studios acquired the production rights earlier this year.
The 30-year odyssey of the Grateful Dead was the most unlikely success story in rock and roll history. Famously averse to publicity, seemingly incapable of recording radio-friendly hits, the Dead flouted music-industry convention. By giving their live music away to a global network of tape traders, The Grateful Dead became the highest-grossing concert act in America on word of mouth alone.
Bar-Lev unearths the untold history of the Dead and the freewheeling psychedelic subculture that sprouted up around it.
The film covers the teenage years of bandleader Jerry Garcia and gives insight into how he disdained being at the helm of a sprawling organization that kept the show on the road.
The Dead’s four surviving members – Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart – are credited as executive producers. They all sat down for candid interviews along with members of the road crew, family members and notable Deadheads.
Grateful Dead Shows app on Roku
If you can’t wait for June 2 to stream Long Strange Trip, you can bide your time by firing up your Roku.
What? That’s right, the ultimate Deadheads app is something you can tap into right now!
The Dead Shows app at the Roku Channel Store taps the vast collection of Grateful Dead concerts recorded by the soundboard and sanctioned “tapers” in the audience since 1965. There are thousands of shows that the app draws from archive.org, one of the more popular sources for Grateful Dead concerts.
For years, you had to rely on a web browser and go to archive.org if you wanted listen to these shows.
That all changed in 2014 thanks to Greenwood Software. Their Dead Shows app can help you get a handle on the thousands of shows that have been available online for the last 13 years.
The recordings were made between 1965 and 1995. The band played an estimated 2,300 concerts and many of them can be found on the app.
Deadheads and fans alike have known about sites like archive.org, and other online sources for live Dead shows like etree.org and taperssection.com. But not many people seem to know about the Dead Shows app, which has been round since 2014.
The interface for Dead Shows is really simple. Use your Roku remote to select a year. From any year, you can choose among the hundreds of shows.
Get access to Long Strange Trip by getting a free, 30-day trial to Amazon Prime. Check out the new Grateful Dead soundtrack with an Amazon Music Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial.
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