Written September 22, 2014
Only one thing missing- the closing credit attribution to the naked man on the post behind the stage, or was it an elephant in the room? Either way...
Written August 23, 2014
Too much talk, not enough music. I come to these annual Grateful Dead meet up at the movies events to see concert footage, and to hear songs. A lot of the footage in this film was about the backstory about the concert, and showed interviews with people who were there ( not particularly interesting) and people building the stage (again not interesting). Of course it is always amazing to see the Dead perform, on film or live, but a lot of the film was taken up by one of their super-long trippy jams, which works OK in a live setting when they play for hours, but not so well in a short movie. I would have much preferred to see them play more songs. The film last year at the 2nd annual meet up was much better. Also, I don't mind seeing nude adults dancing, it was kind of fun to see everyone having a good time, but there were some young kids in the audience for whom the film was not appropriate.
Written August 05, 2013
This year's meet up was great! It sure was nice to see some of the "family" out at the Century Regency 6 in San Rafael. It was very well attended (almost sold out, I heard). Lots of tie-dyes and good energy! This one was half documentary, half live show from the 1972 Petaluma Creamery benefit show/ acid test. I wish the entire show was shown, but if I remember correctly from my tapes this was three 90min tapes-long show. Can't wait for next year. Happy birthday, Jer.
Written September 17, 2014
The closest anyone who's never been to a Grateful Dead show will ever get. And some very good background material, before the concert portion, to show what a great bunch of guys they really were and still are. The setting is a benefit concert to save Springfield Creamery in Eugene, Oregon, struggling to survive in 1972. The Dead decided to throw a benefit concert to raise money for them. In spite of over 20,000 in attendance, so many had not paid that they didn't raise the required amount. Was this the end of Springfield Creamery? Heck no, the Dead wrote them a check for the balance, and 31 years later, they're still in business. That is the background info. After the documentary portion at the beginning, there's plenty of great Grateful Dead music, and crowd shots complete with plenty of stark naked hippies. Anyway, the music is top-notch, and the closest thing I would call true "Jazz-Rock", as their jams in the tunes just take you on a musical journey along with them. Fun!
Written September 22, 2014
I bought the tickets for my son for a birthday gift and he absolutely loved it.