Representatives for filmmaker Martin Scorcese have released word the Oscar-winning director is adding his name to a project chronicling one of rock music’s most iconic bands of the last half century. Scorcese will serve as executive producer on a documentary coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Grateful Dead.
The legendary group came out of Palo Alto, California, in 1965 in time to ride the counter culture wave of the Vietnam protest movement. Their legions of fans became known as Deadheads. Founding members of the band included Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Ron McKernnan, Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann.
The band in its many forms over the years has produced a wealth of archival footage – much of which has never before been made available which the public will see for the first time in this anniversary documentary. Noted filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev is set to direct.