Deadheads anticipate feature-length documentary on Jerry Garcia

Posted Jan 5, 2012 by Kev Hedges
The late Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia will be the subject of a feature-length documentary. The film will be centred around a three-hour interview filmmaker Malcolm Leo conducted with Garcia in 1987.
Jerry Garcia late guitarist with The Grateful Dead
Jerry Garcia late guitarist with The Grateful Dead
Leo has specialised in "rockumentaries" before when he interviewed Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys. Leo hopes to have the film ready by Spring 2012 and is working in conjunction with former Eagles and Crosby, Stills and Nash manager, John Hartmann.
Last summer Deadheads were invited to put on tie-dye shirts or tops, dab on some patchouli, melt into a laid-back mind-set and head on over to McLaren Park for the eighth annual Jerry Day celebration. The free event marking Jerry Garcia Day is held annually in San Francisco.
Leo and Hartmann have secured critical music rights to tell Garcia's story, reports Rolling Stone Magazine, a scoop no other filmmaker has managed to achieve before.
Garcia died of a heart attack at age 53 in 1995.