‘The Grateful Dead Movie’ was released on this day in 1977 (watch)

Directed by Jerry Garcia himself, The Grateful Dead Movie was released on June 1, 1977. The film captured live performances of the Grateful dead during their 1974 five-day run at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, marking the end of their tour and the beginning of an extended hiatus that would last until 1976 (with a few exceptions). While documenting these experiences was paradoxical to the free environment depicted in this film, it was a necessary and admittedly important thing to do at this point in their careers. Several of the songs recorded during the period October 16 to 20 were also included on their live album Steal your face.

With plenty of glimpses into “Deadhead” culture and the Wall of Sound concert sound system the band used in 1974, the film faithfully recreates the unmistakable movements the Grateful Dead generation pioneered. Improvisation was more than just a musical choice, it was a lifestyle. Fans are documented in this film to reflect the positive atmosphere and colorful history that the culture ultimately produced. The psychedelic animation adds the artistic elements of Generation Probability, including the Uncle Sam skeleton and various images of roses and other GD references.

Dive deep into songs like ‘Stella Blue’, ‘Morning Dew’ and ‘The Other One’ and check out Jerry Garcia on guitar and vocals, Bob Weir on guitar and vocals, Phil Lesh on bass, Bill Kreutzmann on drums, Keith Godchaux on keyboards, and Donna Jean Godchaux into song The Grateful Dead Movie from 1977 below. Mickey Hart also joins in at the beginning of the second set of the final show filmed for the movie, marking his final return to the band after a three-year hiatus.

You can watch the full film below on YouTube, officially released by the Dead.

The Grateful Dead Movie