For 30 years, the Grateful Dead were the most unlikely success story in rock and roll. At the peak of their popularity, they were the highest-grossing concert act in America, but they did it by breaking all the rules.
The band is put together and commits itself to constant change.
Viewer Discretion Advised - The Grateful Dead sabotage their chances at superstardom, and find success on their own terms.
Viewer Discretion Advised - It’s not clear where the fans end and the band begins.
Viewer Discretion Advised - Jerry wants the Grateful Dead to have no leader, no rules… and no purpose. Trouble ensues.
Viewer Discretion Advised - It’s the 1980s, and the Dead’s fans seek adventure in this “New Lame America" as Garcia calls it.
Viewer Discretion Advised - Jerry will put up with the adulation until they “come for me with the cross and nails.”
The inspiring, complicated, unlikely tale of the Grateful Dead, a tribe of contrarians who made art out of open-ended chaos, and inadvertently achieved success on their own terms. Formally inventive with never before seen footage and interviews -- an unprecedented look at the life of the Dead.