Cast & Crew
The Grateful Dead
Documents the evolution of the Grateful Dead's lifestyle, musical approach, outlook and mystique, using their second album, "Anthem to the Sun" (1968), and their sixth album, "American Beauty" (1970), as chronological bookends. By using their creative development as a thread of continuity, the program tells the story of their interaction as a band, with their music and their fans. The program is a combination of archival performance footage, old and new interviews, candid home movie footage from the studio at the time of the recordings, and present-day, in-studio reconstructions of songs.