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Festival Express
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Overview - In the summer of 1970, a rock festival travelled across Canada by luxury train, stopping in Toronto, Calgary, and Winnipeg. Lured by the promise of a mobile party, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, The Band, Buddy Guy, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Ian & Sylvia signed on to the tour for a fraction of their usual fees.  Read more...

 
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Overview

In the summer of 1970, a rock festival travelled across Canada by luxury train, stopping in Toronto, Calgary, and Winnipeg. Lured by the promise of a mobile party, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, The Band, Buddy Guy, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Ian & Sylvia signed on to the tour for a fraction of their usual fees. The performances and the stars' antics on the train were both filmed, only to be locked away for 25 years. The colorful and thrilling results, seen here for the first time, capture these artists at their loosest and most natural. Fans of Joplin and the Dead will find reason to rejoice in the playful footage of these icons enjoying each other's company on the train, as well as their blistering stage performances. The events are also put into context through new interviews with the surviving musicians, including Buddy Guy, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, and Mickey Hart, who speak frankly and humorously about the tour. Once buried in reputation by the era's other historic concert events such as Woodstock, or the Rolling Stones at Altamont--FESTIVAL EXPRESS is proof that a monumental live event in '60s rock has been long overlooked.

Cast List

Buddy Guy - Blues Music Performer
Sha Na Na - New York City-based rock and roll/comedy band
John Trapman - Producer, FESTIVAL EXPRESS (2004)
Flying Burrito Brothers
Janis Joplin - American Rock Singer
Bob Smeaton - Director, THE BAND (1997)
Delaney & Bonnie - Musicians, FESTIVAL EXPRESS (2004)
The Band
Ian & Sylvia - Musicians, FESTIVAL EXPRESS (2004)
The Grateful Dead

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 826663143591
  • Genre: Music Video: Documentary
  • Rating: NR
  • Release Date: February 2014

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Movies > Musical & Performing Arts
Movies > Pop Music

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Theatrical Release: JULY 23, 2004 (LIMITED)

Reviews:
"FESTIVAL EXPRESS is a likable time capsule....The best reason to see the movie is Janis Joplin, whose volcanic stage presence erupts right out of her dazed instability." - 08/06/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.62


"FESTIVAL EXPRESS is most memorable for the charismatic presence of Joplin and Garcia..." - 10/01/2004 Uncut, p.146


"[A] delicious pop time capsule full of small moments and grand rock 'n' roll gestures." - 07/30/2004 Los Angeles Times, p.E12


"[T]hose fortunate enough to have been on this travelling rock'n'roll circus knew even then they'd never see its like again." - 04/01/2005 Mojo, p.120


"[T]he main focus is the gigs, with uninterrupted performances form the likes of the Grateful Dad, the band and Janis Joplin..." - 05/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.84

 
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