Grateful Dawg [DVD] [2000]

Gillian Grisman's documentary Grateful Dawg comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director as well as the film's subject, David Grisman. There is also a music video, production notes, filmographies, outtakes, and bonus performances not found in the film. Fans of Jerry Garcia and Grisman will surely savor this very good DVD from Columbia/TriStar.
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Special Features

  • Digitally mastered audio & video
  • Full-screen presentation
  • Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Director and David Grisman commentary
  • Bonus performances
  • Filmographies
  • Outtakes
  • Bonus weblinks
  • Music video: "The Thrill Is Gone"
  • Interactive menus
  • Director's production notes
  • Scene selections


Grateful Dawg
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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jerry Garcia
    Jerry Garcia
  • David Grisman
    David Grisman
  • Image coming soon
    Joe Craven
  • Ricky Jay
    Ricky Jay
  • Image coming soon
    Jim Kerwin
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