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The Life and Times of the Red Dog Saloon (1996)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 7 October 1996 (USA)
Their names and music became legendary: Big Brother & the Holding Company, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the house band - The Charlatans.

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Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Albin ...
Himself
Big Brother and the Holding Company ...
Themselves (archive footage)
John H. Browne Jr. ...
Himself - PH Phactor Jug Band (as PH Phactor Jug Band)
The Charlatans ...
Themselves
Robert G. Elston ...
Himself
Johnnie Fingers ...
Himself (as Johnny Fingers)
Dave Getz ...
Himself (as David Getz)
The Great Society ...
Themselves
Bill Ham ...
Himself - Lightshow Artist
Phil Hammond ...
Himself - Manager
Ellen Harmon ...
Herself - Family Dog Founder
Dan Hicks ...
Himself (as The Charlatans)
Lynne Hughes ...
Herself - Singer
George Hunter ...
Himself (as The Charlatans)
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Their names and music became legendary: Big Brother & the Holding Company, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the house band - The Charlatans.

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7 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rockin' at the Red Dog: The Dawn of Psychedelic Rock  »

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A string band from Santa Barbara, led by Peter Feldmann, "The Scragg Family", became the Red Dog's house band for the summer and fall of 1967. See more »

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Features Acid Mantra, or Rebirth of a Nation (1968) See more »

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Baby Dear
Written by Stephen Ehret and Michael McClure
Performed by The Wildflower
Copyright 1967 Rare Angel Music (ASCAP)
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Peace, love, and ammunition
4 January 2015 | by (Tucson) – See all my reviews

Rockin' at the Red Dog recounts the mid-1960s performances and antics of a bunch of kids with long hair and thrift store chic who were hired to perform at a saloon in a Nevada mining town, including the Charlatans, Dan Hicks, Big Brother & the Holding Company (pre-Janis), and Quicksilver Messenger Service. After opening with a short clip of a 1964 Charlatans rehearsal, the film interviews dozens of musicians who played in these bands, as well as the Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, and the Grateful Dead; and others, like poster artist and co-founder of the Family Dog production company Alton Kelly; as they recount the scene in both San Francisco and at the Red Dog. As well as financing the film, scores of people contributed photographs and film and audio clips to the project, so it's a real archive of obscure material in addition to the narratives, and the director spends about half an hour covering the early San Francisco ballroom concert/dance scene. One absolutely creepy part, for me, though, is where the bar owner runs short on cash, so pays the musicians with guns . . . several times. Guns. Hippies with guns. Hippie musicians with guns. Hippies musicians on drugs with guns. Yikes. But, of course, the hippie scene was what it was, nothing more and nothing less. Not making sense was nothing new.


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