Rock City (1973)

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Vintage film footage from the hey-day of the London's rock and roll scene. Interviews with rock artists and London's hippies and flower children.


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Peter Clifton

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22 May 2011 | jlefort
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| Some background on unidentified music clips
Director Peter Clifton used clips from his documentary Popcorn - An Audio-Video Thing(1969)and other bits for this tossed together rockumentary. It goes by various titles. I've tried to track down places and dates of these music clips (which are not indicated) and may lead to some understanding to the 1960's to early '70s rock scene. The supergroup Cream perform "Sunshine of Your Love" which is from Cream's Farewell Concert (1968) documentary. It was the last time (for quite some time) Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker would perform together. It's no wonder. Clapton on guitar and Baker on drums are playing so hard and fast Bruce almost stops playing his bass. Next we see drummer Ginger Baker who went on to join supergroup Blind Faith along with Steve Winwood on keyboards. It's the debut concert and attracted 100,000 to London's Hyde Park. Too bad it lasted for just one album. Joe Cocker does a manic "With A Little Help From My Friends" followed by "Cry Me A River" when he's joined by Mad Dogs & Englishmen musicians and singers lead by Leon Russell on keyboards. It's the 3rd Isle of Wight Festival of Music 1970. (This festival is still around.) There are short interviews with hippies at a commune, Pete Townsend talking about the Rolling Stones' habits, and Tina Turner remembering a chat with Mick Jagger about learning some dance moves. Otis Redding is a standout doing two blistering hot numbers, and dedicating "Satisfaction" to Mick Jagger. Jim Hendrix is seen doing three songs and playing his guitar in ways that would be copied by others later, but not knowing the date it's hard to know which band he's using. It's a little easier with the Rod Stewart clip by the songs "Stay With Me" and a cover of the Temptations' (I Know)I'm Losing You). He's fronting The Faces with Micky Waller who's outstanding on drums. I've mentioned just some of the clips. You'll also see fans jumping on stage to kiss the lead singer, large colourful paper flowers, and real hippie fashions. If the evolution of these artists doesn't matter to you, take this in just to see them all in their prime and sounding fantastic!

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Documentary | Music

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Release Date:

1973

Language

English


Country of Origin

UK

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