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Grateful Dawg (2000)



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In the early '60s, David Grisman and Jerry Garcia were two bluegrass enthusiasts in their early twenties who met after they had seen each other perform. Garcia went on to lead the legendary psychedelic band the Grateful Dead, while Grisman became a world-class mandolin player who blended jazz and bluegrass into a unique style he liked to call "Dawg Music." David and Jerry never lost their enthusiasm for roots music, and in 1973 they formed a progressive bluegrass group called Old and in the Way with Peter Rowan and Vassar Clements. The group quickly gained a large following and sparked a new interest in acoustic music among rock fans, but a falling out led to their breakup after less than a year, and Grisman and Garcia didn't talk for nearly 20 years. In 1991, the pair began working together again, and resumed a fruitful collaboration that resulted in a number of new albums until Garcia's death in 1995. Grateful Dawg, directed by David's daughter Gillian Grisman, is a documentary that looks at the friendship and musical partnership between Grisman and Garcia, and includes live footage of the pair in performance, as well as interviews with a number of their friends, associates, and collaborators.

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Critic Reviews for Grateful Dawg

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (24)

A multilayered documentary that explores music and friendship, and in its own quiet way, the battle with fame.

July 20, 2002 | Full Review…
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If you hadn't guessed already, this is a movie about the deep-reaching allure of roots music. However, the very fact that it's about the roots music performed by these two unlikely collaborators makes it something more.

January 11, 2002 | Full Review…

If you come to Grateful Dawg to hear a lot of wonderful music, you'll walk away satisfied.

December 6, 2001 | Full Review…

A must for any Deadhead and of genuine interest to any music fan, even if its documentary chops hit a few sour notes.

November 4, 2001 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

It may not be much in the way of documentary filmmaking, but for fans of Garcia, Grisman or good old-fashioned American music, it's enough to be grateful for.

November 2, 2001 | Full Review…

This one's for Deadheads and dawg-lovers only.

November 2, 2001 | Full Review…

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