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Whoops: Jerry Garcia Biopic Not Actually Allowed to Use Jerry Garcia’s Music

Remember the Jerry Garcia biopic that was announced last month? Well, it's got problems. Garcia's estate has released the following statement: "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. 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.” That means, sadly, the movie will have to exclusively use songs Garcia covered (yes, like that Jimi Hendrix movie starring Avon Barksdale). Come on, Jerry Garcia Family LLC, loosen up! [ArtsBeat/NYT]

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