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Grateful Dead bio series in the works at Amazon

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From using experimental sound systems to pioneering online message boards, the Grateful Dead and their fans have always been on technology’s cutting edge — and now the band is poised to get in on the streaming revolution. Amazon Studios announced Tuesday that it will develop a limited bio series about the Dead based on roadie Steve Parish’s memoir Home Before Daylight: My Life On the Road With the Grateful Dead.

Guitarist Bob Weir, one of the Dead’s founding members, will serve as the show’s music director and executive produce the series with Parish. Amazon has yet to determine a writer for the project and says it will meet with candidates in the coming weeks.

The move comes after the band’s farewell shows — honoring its 50th anniversary and with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio filling in for the late Jerry Garcia — generated renewed fascination with the Dead’s music and the culture of its fans. Along with streaming packages for those final concerts, Netflix also released a documentary about Weir, The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir, in May.

The announcement of a Dead series is just the latest in rock-related programming coming to the small screen: Showtime’s comedy series Roadies, from Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams, and HBO’s Vinyl, from Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, both premiere in 2016.

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