December 16, 2015


Amazon Announces Scripted Grateful Dead Series

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

You know the fables about the Grateful Dead's devoted fans, the Deadheads, who followed the band like cats follow the little red dot from a laser pen, except for years. Now Amazon Studios is turning that phenomenon into a limited series. The company has had recent success with shows like Transparent and Catastrophe, one of our favorite new shows of 2015.

It'll be based on Home Before Daylight: My Life On the Road with the Grateful Dead, a 2003 memoir by Steve Parish, one of the group's roadies. "Parish will serve as executive producer on the potential series, alongside Bob Weir, founding member of the Grateful Dead, who will also oversee all aspects of music for the series," TVLine reports. In a foreword to the book, Weir says that "Steve was a central figure, often in the lead of what was going on backstage."

In a new incarnation titled Dead & Company, the band has recently been performing shows with John Mayer taking over the late Jerry Garcia's role.