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Ernie Fosselius (narration written by)
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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. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Howard Hesseman ... 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)
Darius Javaher ... Himself
Alton Kelley ... Himself - Family Dog Founder
Chan Laughlin ... Himself - Red Dog Saloon Founder
Luria ... Herself - Family Dog Founder
Milan Melvin ... Himself
Doyle Nance ... Himself - Carpenter
Quicksilver Messenger Service ... Themselves
Mark Unobsky ... Himself - Red Dog Saloon Founder
Jenna Worden ... Herself - Cook
Don Works ... Himself - Red Dog Saloon Founder
Roslyn Works ... Herself

Directed by
Mary Works 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ernie Fosselius  narration written by
John Nutt  narration written by
Mary Works  narration written by
Mary Works  written by

Produced by
John Nutt .... associate producer
Jerrold J. Schwartz .... associate producer
Mary Works .... producer
Roslyn Works .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Stephen Lighthill 
Jamie Maxtone-Graham 
Meg Partridge 
Jerry Slick 
Film Editing by
John Nutt 
Sound Department
Mark Berger .... sound re-recording mixer
Malcolm Fife .... sound editor
Robert Gravenor .... sound mixer
Kyrsten Mate .... sound editor (as Kyrsten Mate Comoglio)
John Nutt .... sound editor
Richard Quinn .... sound editor
Michael Semanick .... sound re-recording mixer
Mary Works .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeanne Begley .... assistant camera
Lynetta Freeman .... assistant camera (as Lynette Freeman)
Lou Weinert .... assistant camera
Other crew
Buffy Cooper .... production assistant
Sheila Cotton .... production assistant
Rose Healion .... production coordinator
Don S. Works Jr. .... production assistant
Rose Maury Works .... production assistant
Roslyn Works .... production assistant
Big Brother and the Holding Company .... very special thanks
The Grateful Dead .... very special thanks
Lynn Hughes .... dedicatee
Jefferson Airplane .... very special thanks
Quicksilver Messenger Service .... very special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Rockin' at the Red Dog: The Dawn of Psychedelic Rock" - USA (DVD title)
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91 min
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A Worthwhile Film, 17 October 2007
Author: ferbs54 from United States

Up until the mid-1960s, Virginia City, NV was probably most culturally famous as the site of the Ponderosa on TV's "Bonanza." That all changed in 1965, when the Red Dog Saloon opened its doors and bands such as The Charlatans and Big Brother and the Holding Company began to experiment with their music in a live setting, with a backdrop of swirling colored lights; a gestational environment that would usher in the San Francisco psychedelic ballroom era shortly thereafter. "Rockin' at the Red Dog" is a fine documentary from 1996 that explores those heady times. Filmmaker Mary Works, who was employed at the Red Dog way back when, has here managed to interview many of the club's original founders, hired help, hangers-on and, of course, on-stage talent. And while it would have been too much to expect actual video footage of The Charlatans, The PH Phactor Jug Band, The Wildflower, The Final Solution and other seminal Red Dog bands caught in the act, we DO get to see a Charlatans rehearsal from 1965, as well as assorted footage of those other groups. The film even manages to provide some rare audio of Quicksilver's John Cipollina during an interview, and show some pre-Janis footage of Big Brother in concert. The film, in its final half hour, kinda veers off its central subject to cover the early S.F. ballroom scene, but since I'm a sucker for anything smacking of this era, I didn't mind a bit...especially when luminaries such as Peter Albin and Dave Getz (from Big Brother) and Family Dog cofounder/poster artist Anton Kelly are the ones dishing out the dirt! This documentary is a cogent reminder that although summer 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of the so-called "Summer of Love," the years 1965 and 1966 were when all the real fun was going down, and that the Red Dog Saloon was in large part responsible for getting the ball rolling. A worthwhile film.

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