The Grateful Dead have been around since the start of the counterculture movement in the 1960’s, and in that span they’ve developed what’s become the biggest cult following in Rock ‘n’ Roll history.
Among the Dead’s legions of fans is iconic film director Martin Scorsese, who used his admiration of the band to attach his name to the new documentary Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead.
“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the Grateful Dead. They are revolutionary artists who forever changed the world of touring and recording live music,” says Scorsese, who’s producing the project. “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.”
The four-hour long documentary examines the psychedelic subculture that came out the Dead’s music, interspersing never-before-seen concert footage with intimate backstage scenes and in-depth interviews of roadies, tour managers and band members.
But the real draw is, of course, the music. And in a film this long, there’s a whole lot of it. Long Strange Trip will stream on Amazon Prime video in six different parts beginning May 26.