The creative and turbulent life of Jerry Garcia, who died in 1995, is being made into a biopic, reports Variety. The problem is, no Grateful Dead songs will be used in the film.
Amir Bar-Lev will direct the film, based on Dark Star: An Oral Biography of Jerry Garcia by Robert Greenfield. Variety’s article includes a statement from Garcia’s estate:
â€œWe want to make clear that neither Grateful Dead Productions nor the Jerry Garcia Family LLC are in any way working with â€“ or are in any other way affiliated with â€“ the supposed upcoming Amir Bar-Lev-directed biopic about Jerry Garcia. We will not be licensing any recordings from Grateful Dead or Jerry Garcia’s music library for this production, nor will we provide the producer/director with access to any Garcia family members.â€
There are a few different ways the movie could be made without the music, including focusing solely on the man’s relationships, drug problems and the times that helped shape him, and Variety states that, “According to a source, it’s probable that producers will use songs that Garcia covered in his early days.”
But — just how far can you separate Jerry Garcia from the music of the Grateful Dead? And is it worth doing?