Biography: Jerry Garcia
Just finished watching Biography: Jerry Garcia, and I must admit I was a bit disappointed. You would think the best way to reflect who Jerry was would of been by showcasing his music. There were a couple clips from Grateful Dawg and Live at Shoreline, but very little else. The background music could of been Jerry, Dead, Old and In The Way, whatever, but instead was this generic 'hippy' droll. What were they thinking??? In addition, alot of the still photos that they showed didn't synch up with the time period that was being covered. For example, they named albums from the early 70s and concurrently showed the album covers. When the mentioned Skull and Roses, they showed the cover of their very first studio album. Ugh.
The interviews were interesting, but who was interviewed was a bit unexpected. If you didn't pick a regular bandmember, who would of you picked to interview? Hunter, right? No, Barlow actually. Barlow as good, don't get me wrong, but he wasn't as tight with Garcia as many others were. In fact, the only one who was tight with Garcia over the years was Parrish. Donna was a good interview, as was Trey Anastasio (as a fan). The interviews with Trixie and Tiff were kind of depressing.
I did enjoy however the TV interviews with Jerry, where his true charisma came across full-force. The interviews with Blair Jackson were strong too, reinforcing what he had wrote in his outstanding biography of Garcia (post on this to come in the near future).
The Dead organization was not listed in the credits, but the Garcia estate was. There couldn't of been to much input from either into the the production of this show, but who knows how much input they were allowed. Bottom line is that who ever was responsible for this didn't know very much about Jerry or The Grateful Dead, and the sloppy results showed. Not the tribute that I would of hoped for, but come to think of, a pristine biography of Jerry wouldn't of been quite right either.