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Jerry Garcia Inspires New Video-Editing Program, Fan Contest

Storytelling platform Magisto offers fans chance to win new Garcia Band box set, concert tickets

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Jerry Garcia has inspired a new editing style on the video platform Magisto, which is launching a competition for Deadheads to showcase their fandom.

Jerry Garcia has been the subject of countless tributes: He was honored with a wax figure, a statue of his right hand, with its famously stubby middle finger, stands in the Jerry Garcia Glen at the Santa Barbara Bowl and, of course, the Grateful Dead guitarist has his own ice cream flavor. Now, the guitarist, in conjunction with his daughter Trixie, has inspired a new editing filter available on the video platform, Magisto.

Magisto — which allows users to compile their videos and photographs into short movies — has released a special Jerry Garcia editing style to commemorate the Grateful Dead’s forthcoming “Fare Thee Well” shows, as well as the release of the three-disc, Jerry Garcia Band – On Broadway Act One: October 28th, 1987.

The grainy, washed out and fittingly psychedelic filter can be previewed in the clip below, which samples the Garcia Band’s performance of Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” from the new box set.

Magisto is also launching a competition for fans to submit their own movies showcasing their love of Garcia and Grateful Dead using the the new editing style and the hashtag #JerryRIPS. The Garcia estate will select the winning video, which will garner its maker a four-seat Presidential Booth for a show at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY and a special Garcia merchandise package, which will include the On Broadway set. The winning movie will also be featured on the late rocker’s website.

“We’re pretty picky about who we work with but Magisto came to us with absolutely the right spirit, for Jerry and the fans,” Trixie Garcia tells Rolling Stone. “They just got it. You can see it in the flood of beautiful little video stories that people have done already. They’re all personal expressions of love for Jerry and that never, ever gets old.”

Following a star-studded tribute concert to Garcia in May, and two recent warm-up shows in the Bay Area, the Grateful Dead — with Phish’s Trey Anastasio filling in on guitar — will kick off their three-night Fare Thee Well stand at Chicago’s Soldier Field this weekend. The shows, which will run July 3rd through 5th, will be broadcast on the Grateful Dead’s SiriusXM station, and available to watch live via pay-per-view, and in select movie theaters. A massive box set featuring audio and video of the shows, Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead will see release on November 20th.

In This Article: Jerry Garcia, The Grateful Dead

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