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Bob Weir & J. Ralph Collaborate on Wretches & Jabberers Autism Documentary Soundtrack

Wretches and Jabberers, directed by Academy Award® winner Gerardine Wurzburg, is a ground breaking documentary that follows two men with autism, Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, who embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. The soundtrack, Featuring 20 original songs written and produced by J. Ralph in collaboration with Bob Weir, Antony, Devendra Banhart, Paul Brady, Bonnie Bramlett, Vashti Bunyan, Martin Carthy, Judy Collins, Lila Downs, Vincent Gallo, David Garza, Ben Harper, Scarlett Johansson, Nic Jones, Norah Jones, Leah Siegel, Carly Simon, Stephen Stills & Ben Taylor, honors those who spent a lifetime living in complete silence and isolation, never having a voice of their own. J. Ralph previously scored the last two Oscar winning documentaries THE COVE & MAN ON WIRE.

Bob lent his iconic voice and innovative guitar playing to "Breaking The Hold," the song which he recorded with J. Ralph this summer in Bob's Bay Area studio.

100% of sales for this exclusive iTunes promotion go to the charities Autism Society and The Wretches & Jabberers Fund at Syracuse University.




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ouroboros007's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Hidden Gem

The film, the recording and Bobby's song, Breaking the Hold, are ALL amazing. I was sorry that Breaking the Hold didn't make the soundtrack to the movie. But I remain incredibly pleased and happy and proud to be a Deadhead all over again...blown away by Bob's gentle, kind and insightful contribution. Very few know about the film or Bob's song...please Deadheads have a listen and let's get Bob to break this one out at TRI sometime! peace love and music, Miles

Joined: Jun 30 2011
Thanks Bobby for contributing!

I've worked with people with Autism for many years at Camp Huntington, and it's great to see Bob being part of this documentary! Can't wait to hear.

Joined: Nov 25 2010
Breaking the Hold

As a parent of a child with autism, this song really hit home. Thanks for spreading the light!!!

tphokie1's picture
Joined: Jun 9 2007

So glad to see Bob contributing to spreading autism awareness. Just a reminder, there is an autism forum here on deadnet. Its called "Roll Away the Dew:Heads on the Spectrum". Its been quiet lately but any new input would be welcome!

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Joined: Mar 12 2008
Wretches & Jabberers

Autism Speaks and now it has a soundtrack!

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

thanks for the heads up, this sounds really interesting.


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