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Anthem To Beauty - Classic Albums [DVD] [2001]

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Eagle Rock
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Dec 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RJB0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,372 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When The Grateful Dead surfaced in San Francisco in the mid-1960s, with their psychedelic imagery and mass following of Dead Heads, they spearheaded a new and rebellious counterculture that joyfully rejected mainstream America.
The Dead were an unlikely blend of talents, from the folk roots of Jerry Garcia to the blues of Rod "Pigpen" McKernan, to the innovative bass playing of Phil Lesh and the inventive percussion of Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. Their early, experimental album "Anthem of the Sun" bewildered and frustrated their record company, but The Dead’s music evolved with the changes in their personal lives and in 1970 they produced "American Beauty", an acoustic album of outstanding folk-based melodies. As Mickey Hart says: "We were coming out of our space suit and… planting our feet firmly back on earth".
This film charts how The Dead evolved from "Anthem" to "Beauty", and examines how these very different records were made. It includes rare footage of The Dead in their prime from TV appearances and recording sesions to home videos as well as extensive interviews with band members, lyricist Robert Hunter and many musicians from the era.

Subtitles: Dutch, German, Italian, Portugese, Spanish, French, English

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The Grateful Dead are a unique phenomenon. One of the most successful live touring bands in the world, their longevity is founded on their desire to play music their way, coupled with an extraordinarily close relationship to their huge following. Coming out of the San Francisco Bay area in the mid 1960's, the core band (there were many changes over the years) comprised Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Ron 'Pigpen' McKerman, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. The Grateful Dead always refused to be part of the mainstream, even though their 1970 album American Beauty sold over a million copies in the U.S. Anthem To Beauty tells the story of the band and their journey from the experimental Anthem Of The Sun (recorded in 1967/1968) to the accessible, 'countryish' American Beauty. It is told in the band's own words and includes a reae interview with lyricist Robert Hunter. The film also features a wealth of rare vintage film footage of the Grateful Daed in their prime, including television appearances, home videos and classic recordings like Ripple, Box of Rain, Truckin' and Mountains of The Moon and it all adds up to a riveting portrait of one of the rock world's most controversial bands. Other contributions in this acclaimed film come from David Crosby )of Crosby, Stills and Nash), Grateful Dead biographer Dennis McNally, keyboard virtuoso Tom Constanten, producer Steven Barncaro, legendary engineer Dan Healy and Warner Records cheif Joe Smith.


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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Dead 23 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This retrospective features interviews with the Dead in their golden years (including Jerry) looking back with pride on their golden era. As the title suggests, the two albums featured are the pretty full-on psychedelic "Anthem to the Sun" and the more gentle and country-flavoured "American Beauty". There are also interviews with contributors such as the artist who delivered the outstanding album covers, and (hilariously) the hapless record company executive who had to deal with some pretty extreme behaviour from the Dead at their most maverick. The concert footage is a little rough in places, but really gives the flaviour of a truly classic era in the development of modern rock.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead On 22 Dec 2006
By KMorris
Format:DVD
This is an interesting visual account of the first phase of The Grateful Dead's career. Most of the key players are featured in entertaining and informative interviews ; Phil Lesh especially articulate and amusing and it's really nice to have the insights of lyricist Robert Hunter.

Good archive footage, enough music to make you want to get the albums if you don't already have them and if you do this is a valuable suplementary item to invest in. What we have here is a well-produced, good account of the story of early Dead.

Yes, of course it could be longer and there could be more music, but within it's limitations it works fine enough and is highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a long strange trip it's been.... 7 April 2007
By MOTC
Format:DVD
More than a simple rockumentry "Anthem to Beauty" is a wonderful look at the Dead circa 68/70 and covers my favorite two albums Anthem of the Sun and American beauty. Plenty of sound bites and film clips of the band in action, well worthy of repeated playing and some genuinely excellent and sometimes touching interviews with the band members and lyricist Robert Hunter and LP cover artist Mouse. I can't recommend this gem too much and the current version of this disk is now fully authored DVD's with a comprehensive menu!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Endearing 30 Nov 2001
Format:VHS Tape
a sweet look at the early historyof the dead. Thankfully it rapidly moves away from the usual cliches about Flower Power and gives an interesting glimpse of a comparatively difficult time in the Band's history.
The Dead forged their reputation as a live band with some gruelling hours on the road, long after psychedelia came and went.
This documentary contains some fascinating footage - and reflections - on touring. If you've seen "Amost Famous" it's that kind of era, with THOSE kind of stories.
Great fun!
Otherwise, it's a scholarly look at two crucial albums which could ardly have been more different - the hallucinatory classic Anthem of the Sun, and the lyrical American Beauty.
Go buy the entire Golden road CD box set to see how the Dead went about their business in this era...
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