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    Fri, 06 Aug 2010 08:33:16

    Jerry Garcia Biopic Denied Usage of Grateful Dead Music - Director/producer also blocked from access to Garcia's family

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    The Jerry Garcia biopic that's currently in the works and is said to focus on his pre-Grateful dead years may not get off the ground. Grateful Dead Productions is blocking any use of the Dead's or Garcia's music for the film. They've also stated that director/producer Amir Bar-Lev will not be granted access to any of Garcia's family members. Without the music and access to his surviving family members, the biopic will fall flat on its face.

    "We want to make clear that neither Grateful Dead Productions nor the Jerry Garcia Family LLC are in any way working with -- or are in any other way affiliated with -- the supposed upcoming Amir Bar-Lev-directed biopic about Jerry Garcia," Grateful Dead Productions said in a released statement. "Furthermore, 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." Ouch. Translation: the Garcia family and Grateful Dead Productions do not support this film.

    The film is set to chronicle Garcia, pre-Dead era. The script is based on Robert Greenfield's Dark Star: An Oral History of Jerry Garcia.

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