It's become more widespread, and by many accounts, it is THE piece of media that will make a modern person into a Deadhead if they aren't already. So the question remains... have you seen Long Strange Trip yet? If not, it's coming to an Amazon Prime account near you in June, so you'll get to see it then.
Senator Al Franken has always been open about how much he loves the Grateful Dead, but did you know that he is featured in the new Grateful Dead documentary, Long Strange Trip? You can click over on Huffington Post to see a clip where Franken talks about the band, or you can wait until June 2 when the documentary will be available to watch on Amazon Prime.
Ex Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson is not a fan of John Mayer's Grateful Dead. Recently on the Howard Stern Show, he called the Grateful Dead "a giant nipple that everyone sucks off to get money." He went on to call Jerry Garcia one of his heroes, saying that John Mayer is the anti-Garcia, standing for everything that is the opposite of what Garcia stood for during his lifetime.
Casual fans of the Grateful Dead may not realize that the band existed as a completely different band before it became known as the Grateful Dead. Garcia, Weir and Pigpen all were members of another band before they went on to create one of the best bands to ever exist. The band was known as Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, which was also the name of their album. The album may have been recorded in 1969, but it was not released until 30 years later in 1999 because the tapes were thought to have been lost in the shuffle.