The July 3rd, 1973 historic concert of the 'leper Messiah'. This was to be David Bowie's last concert with the the Ziggy persona and the Spiders from Mars. A great medley of 'Wild Eyed Boy ... See full summary »
Documentary covering a Stax Records-sponsored all-day concert at the 1972 Watts Summer Festival with performances by Stax Records artists such as Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staples Singers, and more.
The Staple Singers,
Originally filmed in December 1968, "The Rock and Roll Circus" was originally intended to be released as a television special. The special was filmed over two nights and featured not only ... See full summary »
Chuck Berry opens the show and performs "Johnny B Goode" and his 1955 hit Maebelline". He is then joined by " Gerry and The Pacemakers" who do their updated British version of the song. and... See full summary »
The Beach Boys,
Legendary California music festival (pre-Woodstock) that launched the state-side careers of several performers, most notably Jimi Hendrix. Check out Mama Cass being absolutely blown away while watching Joplin sing. Here there be REAL acid rock. Written by
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Most of the artists played for free and were only paid for their expenses - the only performer who was paid for his performance was Ravi Shankar. When John Phillips and Lou Adler took over the promotion of the festival from the original promoters, they decided to honor Shankar's original contract. See more »
In the opening credits, a hand-drawn title says "IN ORDER OF PEFORMANCE", misspelling the word "PERFORMANCE". See more »
Brief flash of rock & pop thunder before the '60s came to a crashing end...
In June 1967, record mogul Lou Adler and musician John Phillips organized and produced the first three-day outdoor rock music festival, a major, star-studded event held at the County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California and filmed by D.A. Pennebaker and his crew. Phillips is seen performing two numbers with his group, Mamas and the Papas, though their spotlight is definitely stolen by Janis Joplin leading Big Brother & The Holding Company on "Ball & Chain", as well as The Jimi Hendrix Experience performing a fuzzy, funky "Wild Thing" (with a touch of "Strangers in the Night" in Hendrix's guitar solo). Pennebaker is just as interested in the colorful (if curiously sedate) crowd of concert-goers as he is in the music acts, and often we see young men and women in raw, fresh reaction to music which is by-now largely familiar. Jefferson Airplane are intriguing, as is Ravi Shankar on an elongated sitar jam entitled "Raga Bhimpalasi", but Simon & Garfunkel's brief appearance (under a red spotlight) is disappointing. The camera-work is insecure, and the sound (although probably top-flight for 1967) is shaky, but this is a good glimpse at an era long passed by. A must for '60s pop and rock connoisseurs. **1/2 from ****
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