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Festival Express (2003)

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The filmed account of a large Canadian rock festival train tour.

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Sam Clayton ...
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In the summer of 1970, a chartered train crossed Canada carrying some of the world's greatest rock bands. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, and others lived (and partied) together for five days, stopping in major cities along the way to play live concerts. Their journey was filmed. Written by Anonymous

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Festival Express... The longest party in rock-n-roll history.


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29 April 2004 (Netherlands)  »

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$12,074 (USA) (23 July 2004)

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$1,172,345 (USA) (12 November 2004)
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There were two bands, Traffic and Ten Years After, that were on the Festival Express tour but are not seen in the movie. The producers of the film could not get the musical rights. See more »

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Performed by Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Ian Tyson, and others
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Bob Weir, sweet cop defender
18 August 2005 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

Great film! "Never had such a good time in my life before".

The highlight for me was a baby Bob Weir (rhythm guitarist for the Dead) chewing out a hippie for condoning violence against the Canadian police:

"I talked to some of those guys, and those cops were BOSS!"

He then went on to explain that one policeman had been injured so badly that he was in the hospital with a metal plate in his head because his skull had been fractured. Weir said the policeman didn't deserve that because he was only doing his job, and that the people who wanted the festival to be free were wrong because the musicians needed to make a living.

People never understood that real hippies were not violent/political, and they didn't hate the police. The Haight Ashbury freaks got on well with the police, and there really weren't any problems until (get this) the "hippies" without jobs moved into the neighborhood.

This film was a real joy, and it proves to the general public a couple of things:

1. Hippie folk were not lazy. They were capable of extremely hard work. 2. Janis Joplin was a lot of fun, regardless of what the people in my hometown in Texas say. 3. Jerry Garcia simply wasn't built for EVER drinking alcohol. 4. That was one helluva train trip!


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