Watch Grateful Dead Guitarist Jerry Garcia Discuss ‘The Movie That Changed My Life’
Tonight, the Grateful Dead documentary featured film Long Strange Trip is nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Music Film. Director Amir Bar-Lev begins the movie with guitarist Jerry Garcia detailing his affection for Bud Abbott And Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein and the 1948 horror film and its iconic monster make several additional appearances throughout the four-hour deep dive into the legendary psychedelic rock band.
Excerpts of Garica’s appearance on the AMC program The Movie That Changed My Life in which he discussed the impact of Frankenstein on his future development as an artist and musician were shown within Long Strange Trip. This edition of Sunday Cinema presents Jerry’s full segment that appeared on the AMC series.
Garcia recounts seeing Bud Abbott And Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein as a 6-year-old, shortly after the death of his father. He talks his fascination with the film’s characters Dracula, the Wolfman and the Monster. Garcia further connects the film to his later interest in the arts and his approach to life.
“I have a general fascination with the bizarre that comes directly from that movie,” Garcia says. “That was my first sense of, there are things in this world that are really weird. I don’t think I knew that before I saw that movie. There are things that are really weird and there are people who are concerned with them. That some way, that became important to me and I guess I thought to myself on some level: I think I want to be concerned with things that are weird, I think that seems interesting to me because that seems like fun … and that is in fact, who I am.”
Watch Jerry Garcia discuss the movie that changed his life below: