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Review: Grateful Dawg

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annamill 08 Feb 02 - 12:51 PM
michaelr 08 Feb 02 - 07:37 PM
Amergin 08 Feb 02 - 07:51 PM
Desdemona 08 Feb 02 - 08:25 PM
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Subject: Grateful Dawg
From: annamill
Date: 08 Feb 02 - 12:51 PM

Honey and I saw this movie last night and I thought I would share it with you. I hadn't realized that Jerry Garcia was an old folkie. He and his friend David Grisom(sp) go through some wonderful memories and music. They even do some Sea Shantys. or is that Shanties. They did some songs for a childrens album. David played the mandolin and Jerry played guitar of course. They played a few great banjo numbers. It is very interesting how Jerry spent his last days.

All in all, I would highly recommend this movie. It is out on tape and DVD rght now.

Love, Annamill

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Subject: RE: Review: Grateful Dawg
From: michaelr
Date: 08 Feb 02 - 07:37 PM

YES - great film, shot by David Grisman's daughter Gillian at their house, where Garcia was a frequent guest, and in concert at the Warfield Theater, San Francisco. Go see it! For those who only know Jerry's Grateful Dead persona, this should be an eye-opener. The film really conveys Jerry's intellectual and musical curiosity and his warm, playful nature.

(sigh) I miss ol' Jer...


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Subject: RE: Review: Grateful Dawg
From: Amergin
Date: 08 Feb 02 - 07:51 PM

Annamill....the dead did play quite a few trad songs....and adapted them at times to make it their own....they have recorded versions of Staggerlee...and Samson and Delilah....and many other songs...

At the one show I got to see they did Pretty Peggy-O....

there are also a few albums out with Jerry Garcia and David Grisman... thanks for letting me know about this film....will have to check it out!

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Subject: RE: Review: Grateful Dawg
From: Desdemona
Date: 08 Feb 02 - 08:25 PM

I very much want to see this film; my husband and I actually met back in the days when we were attending entirely too many Grateful Dead shows & having entirely more fun than was necessary or appropriate! There was always a lot more to Jerry Garcia than dropping acid & the Haight Ashbury; lots of people I knew back then got initially turned on to bluegrass via "Old & In The Way", an album he recorded with David Grisman in the early '70s. The Dead as a band were initially far more influenced by the blues than any other genre; their original frontman, "Pigpen", certainly considered himself a bluesman first & foremost; they recorded some great traditional tunes. Again, touching back on the topics in the "Music/Movies" thread, lots of deadheads learned songs like "Peggy O", "Dark Holler", etc., from the Dead, & then went on to explore that music further.

Sigh. I miss Jerry, too, in truth.

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