UPDATE: Watch the trailer for the Grateful Dead’s upcoming documentary Long Strange Trip above.
Long Strange Trip, Amir Bar-Lev and Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed Grateful Dead documentary, will screen throughout the U.S. on May 25th ahead of the film’s official theatrical release. A list of participating theaters and ticket availability is available on its website.
The Amazon Studios doc will roll out in two formats: On May 26th, the film will begin screening for one week in New York City and L.A. theaters; on June 2nd, the movie will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The film chronicles the jam band act’s winding history, utilizing previously unseen interviews, photos and video footage. The official soundtrack, featuring rare and unheard Grateful Dead recordings, is out May 26th via Rhino.
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In April, Dead drummer Mickey Hart and guitarist Bob Weir spoke to Rolling Stone about the film’s unflinching look at the band’s legacy – including the darkness that led to frontman Jerry Garcia’s heroin addiction. “It shows you how lonely it is when people want to pick you apart and give you no peace just because they love you to death,” Hart said. “It’s kind of tragic.”
The Dead alumni also admitted they weren’t completely satisfied with the project, asking Bar-Lev to add additional material from “after Jerry checked out.” Ultimately, Weir said the doc’s darkness “is counterbalanced by the music itself,” adding, “A lot of the stories in the film are fairly dark, but there’s a light that shines above all of that.”