Greatful Dawg DVD review

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Greatful Dawg DVD review
Feb 5, 2002, 05:29

GRATEFUL DAWG directed by Gillian Grisman; Sony, 2002

This documentary focuses on the musical friendship between Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. Their friendship blossomed in the late 50s because of a common love for bluegrass, particularly Bill Monroe. Both friends floated in and out of bluegrass bands while finding their own way. Garcia went on to become a hippie superstar while Grisman kept to his roots developing his trademark “dawg” sound. Both men, respectful of each other's music, often collaborated in intimate settings far removed from the enormity of the Grateful Dead. These collaborations would often lead to live performances that took place in the Bay Area. Grisman's daughter sought to capture the bond between her father and his friend, on stage and off, that often showed a more open, relaxed, and comfortable Garcia. Grateful Dawg has an obvious built-in audience, but Gillian Grisman manages to capture a story that should appeal to a wider market, especially those with a taste for old-time music. Garcia's life was wasted and here's the reason why.

-Troy Brookins

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