Interview with the man who directed Martin Scorsese’s Grateful Dead documentary.

Jerry Garcia, the enigmatic guitarist who became known as “Mountain Man,” “Garden of Eden” and “the last man standing,” and whose concert footage screened in The Last Waltz and The Last Days of the…

Interview with the man who directed Martin Scorsese’s Grateful Dead documentary.

Jerry Garcia, the enigmatic guitarist who became known as “Mountain Man,” “Garden of Eden” and “the last man standing,” and whose concert footage screened in The Last Waltz and The Last Days of the Rolling Stones, died on Sept. 6, 1995, at age 44.

Mr. Garcia’s band, the Grateful Dead, a large collection of long-haired hippies who wandered the country in 1967, continued through 1988. The group managed to cover 20 albums on both sides of the Atlantic and sell 40 million records. Mr. Garcia was one of the main architects of the music-standards of Southern California in the years after the South became the center of radical politics in the 1960s.

A feature film about Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead’s legendary guitarist who died in 1995. (AP Photo/File)

Martin Scorsese has been working on a feature film about Mr. Garcia, who was hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as the guitarist of a generation. With today marking the 20th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well concert — a rare public reprise of the band — it seemed like a perfect time to interview the subject. For the interview, ehow asked me to do an hourlong conversation with Mr. Scorsese and set it to music. Below is the transcript. Mr. Scorsese was not available to participate in our informal and freewheeling discussion.

Many thanks to ehow for producing this conversation.

ALSO: You can watch the interview in its entirety, and read details about our recordings and editing process, on ehow.com.

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