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Keyboard Great Saunders Dies


Merl Saunders

Keyboard player Merl Saunders has died at the age of 74.


The musician, who collaborated with acts including Miles Davis and the Grateful Dead, passed away on Friday (24Oct08) at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco, California after complications following a stroke in 2002.


In a statement posted on his website, Saunders' family says: "We loved him very much - and we know that you, his fans, did too. He was a special man, a beautiful companion, father, grandfather, and family patriarch, and the proof of that spirit is in the way you've reached out to us at his passing."


Born in San Mateo, California, Saunders went to high school with Johnny Mathis in San Francisco, and one of his early performances was at a school event with Mathis.

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The End Of The Road Review


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For The End of the Road, filmmaker Brent Meeske took a roving handheld camera on tour with The Grateful Dead, roaming the parking lots and campgrounds that made up the Deadhead scene during what wound up being the last three months of Jerry Garcia's life. In attempting to present the scene as realistically as possible, he foregoes narration and tries to show how the Deadhead scene was approaching an end even before Garcia's 1995 death made it official.

The shots of, and interviews with, the Deadheads are completely random for the first ten or fifteen minutes, and are nothing new to anyone who has ever been to a Dead show or had Deadhead friends. We see requisite shots of underweight tripsters with creative dentistry clad in dirty jeans and loose-fitting smocks and smoking weed and holding signs saying "I Need a Miracle" (Deadhead code for "I need a ticket"). A girl with "Dose Me" written on her forehead appears over and over again in montages until you want to scream at the screen, "For God's sake, someone dose her already!"

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