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21 February 1997 (USA) See more »
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In August 1970 600,000 fans flocked to the Isle of Wight to witness the third and final festival to be held on the island... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Art and Business go to Au Go-Go. See more (20 total) »

Cast

 

Ian Anderson ... Himself (Jethro Tull)

Joan Baez ... Herself
Martin Barre ... Himself (Lead guitarist, Jethro Tull)
John Bonham ... Himself
Clive Bunker ... Himself (Drummer, Jethro Tull)
Chick Churchill ... Himself (Ten Years After)

Leonard Cohen ... Himself
Billy Cox ... Himself (Jimi Hendrix's Bassist)

Roger Daltrey ... Himself (The Who)

Miles Davis ... Himself

John Densmore ... Himself (The Doors)

Donovan ... Himself
The Doors ... Themselves
Graeme Edge ... Himself (The Moody Blues)
Emerson Lake and Palmer ... Themselves
Keith Emerson ... Himself (Emerson, Lake and Palmer)

John Entwistle ... Himself (The Who)
Ricki Farr ... Himself - Master of Ceremonies
Andy Fraser ... Himself (Free)
Free ... Themselves
Rory Gallagher ... Himself (Lead guitarist, Taste)
Justin Hayward ... Himself (The Moody Blues)

Jimi Hendrix ... Himself (archive footage)

Jethro Tull ... Themselves
Simon Kirke ... Himself (Free)
Paul Kossoff ... Himself (Free)

Robby Krieger ... Himself (The Doors)

Kris Kristofferson ... Himself
Greg Lake ... Himself (Emerson, Lake and Palmer)
Alvin Lee ... Himself (Ten Years After)
Ric Lee ... Himself (Ten Years After)
John Lodge ... Himself (The Moody Blues)
Leo Lyons ... Himself (Ten Years After)

Ray Manzarek ... Himself (The Doors)
Richard McCracken ... Himself (Bass, Taste).
John Mitchell ... Himself (Jimi Hendrix's Drummer) (as Mitch Mitchell)

Joni Mitchell ... Herself
The Moody Blues ... Themselves

Keith Moon ... Himself (The Who)

Jim Morrison ... Himself (The Doors)
Carl Palmer ... Himself (Emerson, Lake and Palmer)
Michael Pinder ... Himself (The Moody Blues) (as Mike Pinder)

Paul Rodgers ... Himself (Free)

John Sebastian ... Himself
Taste ... Themselves
Ray Thomas ... Himself (The Moody Blues)

Tiny Tim ... Himself

Pete Townshend ... Himself (The Who)

The Who ... Themselves
John Wilson ... Himself (Drummer, Taste)
Ten Years After ... Themselves

Directed by
Murray Lerner 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Murray Lerner 

Produced by
Malcolm Gerrie .... executive producer: Initial
Geoff Kempin .... executive producer: Castle Communications
Murray Lerner .... producer
Avril MacRory .... executive producer: BBC
Rocky Oldham .... executive producer: Initial
 
Film Editing by
Greg Sheldon (performance sequences)
Stanley Warnow  (as Stan Warnow)
Einar Westerlund 
 
Production Management
Laurie Horsley .... post-production supervisor (as Lori Horsley)
 
Sound Department
Greg Bailey .... sound recordist
Margaret Crimmins .... supervising sound editor
Rick Dior .... sound re-recording mixer
Ron Geesin .... sound recordist
Gareth Haywood .... sound recordist
Paul Hsu .... assistant sound editor
Mike Lax .... sound recordist
Garth Marshall .... sound recordist
Mike McDuffie .... sound recordist
Colin Richards .... sound recordist
Ivan Sharrock .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Branczik .... assistant camera
Andy Carchrae .... camera operator
John Davey .... assistant camera
Jimmy Dibling .... assistant camera (as Jimmy Dibbling)
Julian Harvey .... assistant camera
Jack Hazan .... camera operator
Nicholas D. Knowland .... camera operator (as Nic Knowland)
Norman G. Langley .... camera operator (as Norman Langley)
Murray Lerner .... camera operator
John Metcalfe .... assistant camera
Peter Rowe .... assistant camera
Richard Stanley .... camera operator
Charles Stewart .... camera operator
Ivan Strasburg .... assistant camera (as Ivan Strasbourg)
Tic Ticnor .... assistant camera
John Wellard .... assistant camera (as John Welland)
Mike Whittaker .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Jennifer Cox .... apprentice editor
Benjamin Darling .... assistant editor
Nick Dibeneditto .... negative matcher (as Nick DiBeneditto)
Noah Lerner .... assistant editor
Anne McCabe .... assistant editor
Jay Tilin .... on-line editor
Vincent Villandi .... colorist
Jerome Wallin .... assistant editor (as Jerome M. Wallin)
 
Other crew
Bill Baldwin .... consultant: avid (as Billy Baldwin)
Cathy Carapella .... clearance: Diamond Time
Morton 'Tim' Fry .... legal affairs
Jeremy Gawade .... legal affairs
Robert H. Montgomery Jr. .... legal affairs
Judi O'Brian .... legal affairs
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
Judy Richter .... consultant: avid
Robert Rosenberg .... program associate
 
Thanks
Lucas Church .... special thanks
Alan Douglas .... special thanks
Andy Frain .... special thanks
Donal Gallagher .... special thanks
Judith Lerner .... special thanks
Alistair Norbury .... special thanks
Jenny Pollitt .... special thanks (as Jenny Pollit)
Mark Polyocan .... special thanks
Keith Robinson .... special thanks
Jeff Rosen .... special thanks
Daihei Shiohama .... special thanks
Andy Ward .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Message of Love: The Isle of Wight Festival: The Movie" - USA (video title)
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127 min
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Trivia:
Among the artists who were invited to perform but didn't were James Taylor and The Beach Boys.See more »
Quotes:
Rikki Farr: Himself (Master of Ceremonies):Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie, gimmie, gimmie, gimmie, want it, want it, want it. Bread man bread, pay, pay, pay.See more »
Soundtrack:
Me & Bobby McGeeSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Art and Business go to Au Go-Go., 21 September 2006
Author: TheMemphian from Memphis, TN, USA

First off, every rock fan must see this film. Other reviewers have touched on the important highlights. What strikes me, here in 2006, is that the film should also be seen by everyone attending the current U. N. conference in NYC. It is the perfect model of the eternal love/hate struggle between the entitled moral front and it's financial base. The promoters of this event seem earnest in their wish to put on a show for the the kids and ultimately have to get in bed with the financial world in order to do it. Otherwise, there would be no Happening. The kids, however, seem to feel that the show should be "on the dole" as some sort of socialist entitlement. A fine idea, except for the fact that The Queen doesn't sponsor Rock concerts. For that, you need Capitalist pigs. Rikki, the most innocent of the promoters, rants on about how the business people "only care about bread man." But, why shouldn't they? They are business people, not rock fans, and are doing what they do to feed their families, stay out of bankruptcy and only incidentally provide Art to the masses. Rikki learns the hard way that the rewards of good intentions are often poxed with hate and misunderstandings. He stands on the stage trying to reason with an unreasonable mass of stoned kids, looking like a Mother trying to tell her infant children to "p... in the toilet." Of course, the kids don't understand and seem to want Rikki's blood. They view him as the mouthpiece of the Capitalist pigs, when all Riki is trying to do, is to pay for the year he spent putting The Happening together. This was not to be. Rikki & Company wound up in Bankruptcy(the reason that the film wasn't released for 27 years), abandoned by the very kids he wished to identify with and undoubtedly, converted from a good intended kid into a total Capitalist pig himself.

If Awareness and Tolerance were the goals of the sixties youth culture, then the Isle of Wight is a testament to the utter failure of that ideal. One can only hope that events of history are not lost on future generations. However, 36 years after 1970... just like 36 years before, Awareness and Tolerance still spring eternal/occasional and in 2006, the history books seem to be gathering more dust then ever. Maybe John Lennon should have sung "Imagine all the people, aware and accepting of the slings, arrows and virtues of both capitalism and socialism." But, that just doesn't roll off the lips as sweetly. Art can turn bitter without a hated, but essential financial plan, and vice versa. ...and the band played on.

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