Leave a comment

Watch this weekend: A groovy Grateful Dead flashback, the 60s, plus 'Joy'

Watch this weekend: A groovy Grateful Dead flashback, the 60s, plus 'Joy'
photo courtesy of SHUTTERSTOCK

Do you remember the 1960s and 1970s? Did you live through those cool decades when young people demanded peace in the world, and when free love took over the country?

You remember the music scene, of course. Heck, you may have spent a summer in a Volkswagen van following the Grateful Dead from one concert to the next.

The best part was, the world actually did change. For one thing, women like Joy Mangano began to make a big impact on the business world, politics, and every other part of our country.

This week, when you're trying to find something good to watch on TV, think back to those groovier days. We've found three terrific TV shows and movies that focus on those decades, and the opportunities they opened up for everyone.

If you're ready to relive all that optimism and grooviness, put down the remote control and stop endlessly searching for something good to watch. We're sure you'll love these. Peace.

1. The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir

Where to stream it: Netflix (free with subscription).

Overview: Documentary about The Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir; from Netflix

You don't have to be a Dead Head to dig the original Netflix documentary about The Greateful Dead's Bob Weir. He co-founded the group with the late Jerry Garcia, whose bigger-than-life personality overshadowed everyone else in the group.

But "The Other One," named after one the Dead's songs, and a nod to being overshadowed, is an insightful and intriguing life story about Weir, from being adopted and growing up in Northern California to dropping out of school when his then-diagnosed dyslexia made learning difficult.

Of course, there's "copious amounts of music," as the New Yorker noted when "The Other One" was making the rounds at film festivals. Boy, that music launched a following that is now hard to imagine. The band played thousands of concerts over the decades that millions of fans, called Dead Heads, traveled the country to see and record. "The Other One" is a captivating account of another time that shines a light on a great, under-appreciated musician.

Mini-Review: "Plenty to savor in ... Mike Fleiss’ revelatory documentary about the Grateful Dead’s legendary rhythm guitarist." (The Hollywood Reporter.)

Next page: Remembering the 1960s
7 jaw-dropping aircraft designs that reveal the future of air travel
Previous Tips

7 jaw-dropping aircraft designs that reveal the future of air travel

3 crucial steps to take after doing your taxes
Next Tips

3 crucial steps to take after doing your taxes

View Comments ()