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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Jerry Garcia Is Getting a Biopic

Posted By on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 12:14 PM

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Finally: the late San Francisco native, Bernal Hill pot smoker, and guitar player for iconic psych/jam/folk/rock outfit the Grateful Dead (you've heard of them, right?) is getting his own biopic.

The film, according to Variety, will focus on Garcia as a youngster -- the years before he joined the Grateful Dead. We should see Garcia getting his first guitar, the loss of most of a finger from the young Garcia's right hand, and, we're guessing, his introduction to drugs.

The script for the Garcia biopic was written by Topper Lilien; Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) has signed on to direct. The story is based on the book Dark Star, by Robert Greenfield, which tells the story of the musician's life through the words of family and friends. No word yet on when the film will hit the screen, but we'll keep you posted.

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