Grateful Dead “Making of Touch Of Grey”

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This mystical Tweet emerged from the Grateful Dead’s official Twitter account this morning:

The film is actually called Dead Ringers: The Making of Touch of Grey and was directed by Justin Kreutzmann, Billy Kreutzmann‘s son. It’s a 30-minute behind-the-scenes documentary about the origins of the song and infamous MTV video where the band performed as skeletons.

The song had been around for quite some time before it became popular in 1987. In the video, Jerry Garcia says he first heard “Touch of Grey” performed by lyricist, Robert Hunter, who wrote the lyrics in 1980 with a different melody. Jerry rewrote the melody and the Dead first performed it in 1982. That’s how things move in the Dead’s world. By ’87, Jerry said the song had become an anthem on tour and taken on a life of its own.

The Dead finally released the song as the lead single for their 1987 album In The Dark, and, on a whim, decided to film a music video to try to promote the record. The video became a smash hit on MTV, and propelled “Touch Of Grey” into the top ten. In the Dark, which is not a standout record by Dead standards or otherwise, became the band’s best-selling studio album. The Grateful Dead would never be the same.

We will get by / We will survive

Video: Burger Boogaloo 2015

King Khan & BBQ Show perform at the Mosswood Park amphitheater during the Burger Boogaloo 2015 music festival in Oakland, California

Smoothspin.com sent a crew out to Oakland this weekend to rub elbows in the mosh pit at the 6th annual Burger Boogaloo. The two-day music festival, organized by Southern California’s Burger Records, descends each year upon the city’s tiny Mosswood Park. This year was hosted by legendary filmmaker and Prince of Puke, John Waters. We caught the Sunday show with headliners Black Lips, King Khan & BBQ Show, and Jonathan Richman. All were magnificant. Watch and learn.

Update: Our good friend Kevin Shea Adams filed a beautiful visual recap of Burger Boogaloo for Vice Noisey Day 1 here and Day 2 here, as well as this bold report: The People at Burger Googaloo Actually Looked Good

Photo: Kevin Shea Adams / Noisey

If you haven’t already, check out Between Two Buns: The Burger Records Story:

Amy Winehouse Documentary

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

The first trailer for Amy, the controversial documentary film about the late-singer Amy Winehouse, was just released and it looks good. It’s directed by British filmmaker Asif Kapadia, who also directed the outstanding Senna, about the Formula 1 drive Ayrton Senna.

Kapadia says the film, which includes unseen footage of Winehouse who died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at age 27, will seek to tell her tragic story in her own words.

Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone’s attention. She wrote and sung from the heart and everyone fell under her spell. But tragically Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle. As a society we celebrated her huge success but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us.

Amy will hit theaters nationwide on July 10th.