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Festival Express (Disc 1 of 2) (2004)
Rating:
Starring: Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, The Band
Director: Bob Smeaton
Category: Documentary, Music
Studio: Warner Bros.
Subtitles:
English,Spanish
Length:
90 mins

 
 

 

"A backstage pass to the wildest and woolliest ride in the history of music." - Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle

Set in 1970, Festival Express was a multi-band, multi-day extravaganza that captured the spirit and imagination of a generation and a nation. What made it unique was that it was portable; for five days, the bands and performers lived, slept, rehearsed and did countless unmentionable things aboard a customized train that traveled from Toronto, to Winnipeg, to Calgary, with each stop culminating in a mega-concert. the entire experience was filmed both off-stage and on, but the extensive footage remained locked away - until now. A momentous achievement in rock film archeology which combines the long-lost material with contemporary interviews nearly 35 years after it was first filmed.

 
 
   
   

 
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