Grateful Dead documentary 'Long Strange Trip' headed to Amazon

By Wade Sheridan  |  Jan. 18, 2017 at 1:05 PM
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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.

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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