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Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival (1996)

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. Besides the music, they also got a look at the greed, cynicism and... See full summary »

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Murray Lerner

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Murray Lerner
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Credited cast:
Ian Anderson ... Himself (Jethro Tull)
Joan Baez ... Herself
Martin Barre Martin Barre ... Himself (Lead guitarist, Jethro Tull)
John Bonham ... Himself
Clive Bunker Clive Bunker ... Himself (Drummer, Jethro Tull)
Chick Churchill 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 Graeme Edge ... Himself (The Moody Blues)
Emerson Lake and Palmer ... Themselves
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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. Besides the music, they also got a look at the greed, cynicism and corruption that would plague the music industry for years to come. They also witnessed the final, drugged out performance of Jimi Hendrix in England just two weeks before he would meet a tragic death. When it all was over, the fans view of rock and roll was never the same. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Message of Love: The Isle of Wight Festival: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Isle of Wight, England, UK

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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The vocals in Oasis' song "Fuckin' In The Bushes" is made from samples from this movie. See more »

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Bert "The Agent: They claim that it isn't money that they're interested in. Nobody seems to be interested in money, the agents, the artists, you, me, so forth and so on. But to put one of these festivals on everybody's got to be paid. It couldn't be love, 'cause they love money.
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Written and Performed by Joni Mitchell
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worth watching for the music alone
23 May 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

If you're hesitating about seeing this, then stop, decide you're going to, and seek out this movie record of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. The roll call of acts is breathtaking: top of the tree we have The Who, The Doors, and Hendrix, then we have Jethro Tull, Leonard Cohen, Ten Years After, Free, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Taste, Joni Mitchell, Donovan, and, er, Tiny Tim.

Otherwise we see something of the atmosphere of the festival away from the main stages, focusing on the attendees and the organisers, and this is also interesting. But it is the music which draws you, with fantastic sound recording and up close filming of these wonderful acts. So many of these people have passed on during the 1970s, 80s, 90s: so good to have a permanent record on film of their work. Is it a better film than 'Woodstock'? It's a close call.


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