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Grateful Dead documentary 'Long Strange Trip' headed to Amazon

By
Wade Sheridan
Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead sit on stage the Madison Square Garden 2015 Walk Of Fame inductions on May 11, 2015. A Sundance documentary based on the band will be available for streaming on Amazon. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead sit on stage the Madison Square Garden 2015 Walk Of Fame inductions on May 11, 2015. A Sundance documentary based on the band will be available for streaming on Amazon. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Amazon has acquired Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip ahead of the film's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The feature, executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, features never-before-seen footage of the band over the course of their career Deadline reported.

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Directed by Amir Bar-Lev, the six-part Long Strange Trip is set to debut on Amazon's Prime Video streaming service in the U.S. and U.K. starting May 26.

"I've always admired the spirit and creativity of the Grateful Dead," Scorsese said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

"They are revolutionary artists who forever changed the world of touring and recording live music. They were a cultural force — a lifestyle, that continue to influence new generations of fans. This film will entertain and educate audiences about one of the most innovative and groundbreaking American bands of the 20th century," he continued.

"Over several decades a group of guys hung together making music in a group that was way tighter and lasted much longer than most marriages," added Weir.

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