Amazon Studios turns to rock legends The Grateful Dead for new bio series

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Amazon Studios keeps adding to its slate of original content, and the latest project in development is one Deadheads will love. The online retail-giant-turned-studio has a limited bio series about the iconic rock band The Grateful Dead in the works, according to THR.

The still untitled project will be based on roadie Steve Parish’s 2003 book Home Before Daylight: My Life On the Road With the Grateful Dead. Parish worked his first show for the band in their relatively early days, back in 1969, and eventually built friendships with the members. The book details highs and lows from the experience, from outrageous and over-the-top parties to meeting celebrities to the time a pimp pulled a gun on guitarist Jerry Garcia.

The bio series will also involve Bob Weir, a founding member of The Grateful Dead, not to mention singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He and Parish will both serve as executive producers, with Weir also overseeing music for the series. Also set to executive produce are Bernie Cahill and ROAR; Stephen Emery will co-executive produce.

The Grateful Dead was founded in 1965 and remained active till the death of Garcia in 1995. The band did reunite to tour in the years after, before their record-setting “Fare Thee Well” concert series in July 2015. According to the band, the series marked the final joint performances of the “core four” surviving members — Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart — as well as the group’s 50th anniversary.

At this point, details about the series are scarce, and many may still be yet to be determined. The project still lacks a writer, but meetings will reportedly be held over the next several weeks to find one.

A release date for the bio series has not yet been announced.

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