The London Rock and Roll Show (1973)

PG   |    |  Documentary, Music


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Filmed record of a major rock and roll festival held at Wembley Stadium, London, in August 1972.


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Peter Clifton

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20 March 2017 | Michael_Elliott
Great Entertainment
The London Rock and Roll Show (1973)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

In 1972, Wembley Stadium played host to a rock and roll show, which was designed to be like Woostock but instead of current hot acts, this show was for the people who kicked off rock and roll. Bo Diddley, Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Chuck Berry are all featured on stage as well as brief interviews with them as well as Mick Jaggar.

If you're a fan of the classic rock and roll music then this documentary is going to be a must-see for you. There's no question that these men helped put rock music on the map and it's excellent entertainment getting to see them all rocking in the same place. The interview segments are also quite fun and especially a little back-and-forth between Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. In fact, Richard doesn't seem too happy that he's not the main headliner as that there belongs to Berry and Ricard lets people know his thoughts.

Of course, the banter is fun but the majority of the running time is devoted to the music and it's terrific. All of the acts really bring their A-game and we're treated to countless classics like Rock Around the Clock, Whole Lotta Shaking' Going On, Good Golly Miss Molly and a number of classics from Berry. As I said, all of the acts are great but Jerry Lee Lewis really steals the show with a thunderous set that has him bouncing, jumping and howling all over the place.

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