The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir

Synopsis: A documentary that explores Bob Weirs life, through the Grateful Dead, Ratdog, and his childhood.
Director(s): Mike Fleiss
  1 win.
85 min


This is how it goes.

I bought this house in 1972.

I'd just signed my first

solo record contract.

So I decided,

"Okay, I'm gonna build

a little studio for myself

to play around in."

I've done a lot of work in here.

We made Blues for Allah in here.

Both of my kids were born in

our living room in front of our fireplace.

I've probably got around 100 guitars.

Gonna have to do.

This one, I bought in 1970.

350 bucks was all the money I could

think about at the time.

It's a 1959 Gibson 335.

Like, the Holy Grail of thin body guitars.

I played it for four or five years

with the Grateful Dead.

I'd prefer not to travel with it, but...

I can't seem to not do it.

This is a Grammy here.

Lifetime Achievement award.

And, uh... wow.

We managed to put over a million

people into Meadowlands Arena.

They, uh, awarded us for that.

This one is supposed

to have a record on it...

a big gold record and it's the Rock

and Roll Hall of Fame. That was in 1994.

Jerry just one day handed me this.

Said, "Here, you need this."

I play it every now and again.

Just for fun.

We had a very strong bond

and a shared sense of purpose.

Jerry was my older brother, basically.

Here's my Jerry bobblehead.

I guess it's you and me, bub.

Uh, Bob.


I've led kind of an unusual life.

I was young for the experience

of leaving home...

and going out and seeing the world.

But I was ready for it.

It was such an amazing adventure.

The music was an adventure.

The people I was doing it with

were an adventurous group.

I've seen stuff that no one's seen.

Spanish lady, come to me

She lays on me this rose

Rainbows spiral round and round

They tremble and explode

Left a smoking crater of my mind

I like to blow away

Heat come round and busted me

For smilin' on a cloudy day

Comin', comin', comin' around

Comin' around

Comin' around in a circle

Comin' around

Comin', comin', comin' around

Comin' around

Comin' around in a circle

Comin' around

Mine has been a long, strange trip.

Well, I was born in San Francisco in 1947.

I was adopted at birth.

My adoptive father was an engineer.

I'll just pull up here.

My mom was something of a socialite.

They couldn't have any kids.

And so they decided,

"Okay, well, let's adopt some."

This wall didn't used to be here.

They adopted my older brother

and then they adopted me.

And then a couple of years later,

to their surprise,

my mom became pregnant

and my sister came along.


Well, there's nothing here.

Our old house is gone.

We had a very quiet,

peaceful household.

We had a beautiful home.

But our family was not really emotional.

Our father came from the East Coast.

It was more puritan and quiet.

Bob certainly was

the exception in the family.

I was pretty wild.

I guess it's just in my blood.

I'm pathologically anti-authoritarian.

I've never been actually

checked out on that, but...

I'm right.

He was the guy

who never met a school

that he could stay in

for more than two or three months.

Come to think of it,

I was kicked out of play school.

I dropped a hammer out of a treehouse

on a kid's head.

And I'm not entirely sure why I did it.

I think I just wanted

to see if it'd hit him.

Teachers knew that

he had a problem reading,

he had a problem learning how to write,

and they figured he was stupid.

In retrospect, my academic career

would never have gone very far,

'cause I'm dyslexic.

It's just not gonna happen.


You know, I read a lot.

But it takes so long

that I would never have been

able to study and make the grade.

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