'the next best thing to being here'
Music and Documentaries and Films of the '60's and '70's
| * The Beatles - The First U.S. Visit DVD
includes never-seen-before footage, chronicles the remarkable two weeks in February 1964 that began America's still-enduring love affair with the group.
If you were there, this is
a fabulous journey back into a glorious time
of youthful joy. If
you weren't, this is the way to
catch up fast.
|* The Beatles Anthology DVD
Contains all 8 original video programs on 4 DVDs. Bonus disc of rare and never-before-seen footage, including: Recollections (June 1994): Paul, George, and Ringo spend a summer's day together singing, playing and warmly remembering the early days.
Back at Abbey Road (May 1995): Paul, George, and Ringo at Abbey Road Studios with George Martin. Recording "Free as a Bird " & "Real Love" Real Love Video,Newly mixed in 5.1 surround sound with picture restoration
* Yellow Submarine DVD Originally released 1968
Pure delight, with as much to hear as there is to see: Beatles' songs,
puns, jokes combined with surreal pop-art visions in story of Beatles
trying to save Pepperland from the Blue Meanies. Songs include `Lucy
in the Sky With Diamonds, ' `When I'm Sixty-four, and 'All You Need
* Crosby, Stills & Nash - Acoustic DVD
The soaring, unmistakable harmonies of Crosby,
Stills & Nash bring to life one classic song after
another in Acoustic, the unique concert DVD of their greatest
hits. This footage was captured live at San Francisco’s
Warfield Theater in November 1991
* The Concert for Bangladesh (Limited Deluxe Edition) DVD
Before We Are the World, before the Amnesty International concerts, before
Live Aid, Live 8,
46664, and all the
other charitable and/or political events that have used popular music as their principal draw, there was George Harrison's 1971 Concert for Bangladesh, a stirring affair
released here in a fine two-disc set.
* Berkeley in the Sixties DVD
A moving documentary about the 1960s social, political and sexual revolution at the University of California at Berkeley. The documentary traces the anti-war protest movement, the free speech movement, civil rights protests and the formation of the women's movement. Director Mark Kitchell interweaves archival footage with interviews with key leaders of the movement. The soundtrack includes Joan Baez, Mario Savio, Country Joe and the Fish, The Band, Jimi Hendrix and The Grateful Dead. "Probably the best documentary on the sixties to date" ...Village Voice Review.
* An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson DVD
A concert recorded an evening in March this year on the Great Stage at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Wilson himself performed several of his classic songs. Extras include interviews and a photo gallery.
|* Buena Vista Social Club DVD
In 1996, composer, producer, and guitar legend Ry Cooder entered Egrem
Studios in Havana with the forgotten greats of Cuban music, many of them
in their 60s and 70s, some of them long since retired. The resulting
album, Buena Vista Social Club, became a Grammy-winning international
bestseller.Wenders weaves the artist biographies with a glimpse of modern
Cuba remembering its past, capturing a lost culture in music that is
suddenly, unexpectedly revived for audiences in Havana and around the
world.. It's a loving portrait of a master class in Cuban music, with
a vital cast of aging performers whose energy and passion belie their
years. --Sean Axmaker
* Eric Clapton - Unplugged DVD
This video is a great capture of the MTV unplugged concert.
A must have for all Clapton fans.
* The Doors Collection (Collector's Edition) DVD
This is a must-have disc for anyone who's ever been mesmerized by Jim
Morrison and the late-1960s, early-'70s rock phenomenon known as the
Doors. It's quite simply the finest audio-visual source of Doors music
and history, presented with the full participation of the band's surviving
members (Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger, John Densmore) and featuring a
of bonus features. .--Jeff Shannon
Live at Winterland '68
Historical Footage, interviews and songs from the far-out original San
Francisco psychedelic band.
*Rockin' Down The Highway: The Wildlife Concert DVD
It doesn't matter if you got the Doobie Brothers late in the summer of '72 when they had their first hit "Listen To The Music,", or your folks raised you on a steady diet of Doobie's tunes, or you're a Doobie-come-lately, everybody loves the Doobies. In May of 1996 the Doobie Brothers reunited to record and film a special concert, Rockin' Down The Highway: The Wildlife Concert, which benefits the Wildlife Conservation Society
.* The Man Who Fell to Earth (Special Edition)
DVD 1976 Rated:R
David Bowie plays the alien of the title, who arrives
on Earth with hopes of finding a way to save his own planet from turning
into an arid wasteland. The Man Who Fell to Earth is definitely not for
every taste--it's a highly contemplative, primarily visual experience
that Roeg directs as an abstract treatise on (among other things) the
alienating effects of an over-commercialized society...Jeff Shannon
|* Recoil- John Cipollina (3 DVD SET that includes a DVD of Electric Guitarslinger (which was made available in 2002, but is now quite rare and expensive if you do find a copy. The set includes 2 other great DVDs , and all 3 are available at a very fair price on the
John Cipollina Memorial website. John Cipollina, founding member of Quicksilver Messenger Service and one of the fathers of the San Francisco psychedelic sound, was a unique and unforgettable psychedelic guitar legend. I encourage any fans of John Cipollina and Quicksilver Messenger to get Recoil-John Cipollinna 3-DVD set while they can.
* Bob Dylan - Don't Look Back DVD Three decades since its initial theatrical run, Pennebaker's legendary
film returns to the screen offering a behind-the-scenes account of a
young Bob Dylan. Shot during Dylan's spring 1965 tour of England.
* The Eagles - Hell Freezes Over DVD Don Henley, Glen Frey, Timothy Schmit, Joe Walsh and Don Felder never
sounded better. Performances of the classics, Hotel California, Take
It Easy, are pure quality. Country song, Girl From Yesterday is perfection.
* Pink Floyd - Live at Pompeii (Director's Cut) DVD
Pink Floyd filmed playing live, October 1971, in an ampitheatre in Pompeii at the ancient Roman amphitheatre,
amid the ruins of Pompeii, which lies in the shadow of the still-active volcano of Mount Vesuvius.
Original release date: 1974
* Ella Fitzgerald - Something to Live For DVD
Created nearly four years after Ella Fitzgerald's death, Zwerin's film
uses the lush voice and superb repertoire of "the First Lady of
Song" as wel as archival footage of early performances, and later
television appearances,to capture Ella's pilgrimage from Depression-era
New York, through her discovery at the Apollo Theater and subsequent
emergence as a swing vocalist and on to her long career as a matchless
pop and jazz stylist
* Fly Jefferson Airplane DVD
Eagle vision and Ravin' Films collaborated to create
the first Jefferson Airplane DVD. On the DVD is some never before
seen concert footage, interviews
and rare photographs!
|* Imagine(Deluxe Edition) DVD
1988 Andrew Solt, John Lennon , Yoko Ono
The personal film archives
of Yoko Ono were utilized for this feature-length
documentary on the life of John Lennon The film spends a lot of time
recounting Lennon's antiwar activities, highlighted by a confrontation
on a talk show hosted by conservative cartoonist Al Capp The title of
the documentary is of course based on Lennon's idyllic ballad about a
world free of hatred and discord.
* The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts (4CD-Boxset
* Get Ready: Definitive
- The Temptations [DVD](2006)
| * Flashing on the Sixties a Tribal Document DVD Director: Lisa Law
Peter Fonda: "It is a wonderful diary of the times" "It
is sweat and powerful" . "A warm informing and historic diary
of the moment...shows how those of us from that wondrous era have come
through the many years with the philosophy of healing our planet. Our
Wavy Gravy: "Those flashes in the Sixties have become
the burning issues of the '90s. Flashing On The Sixties clearly shows
the passing of the torch from the '60s generation to the children
of the '90s in the struggle for world peace and saving the environment."
* The History of Rock 'n' Roll: Guitar Heroes & The'70s (Have a Nice Decade) DVD
* Marvin Gaye - Greatest Hits Live
in '76 DVD
The Prince of Motown left behind a soul music legacy that is still unequaled
to this day. This is one of the few documents of Gaye's charismatic
live performances, Gaye's ebullient presence shines convincingly through.
Gaye, ever smiling, floats effortlessly through
23 of his '60s and early
* The Grateful Dead Movie(1976)
The only Grateful Dead video to have received a theatrical release (in
the mid-'70s), this film is a real time capsule. See Keith and Donna
Godcheaux as integral parts of the band! See the Wall of Sound! See the
trippy animation! See Jerry with all-black hair! The photography and
sound are crude and not on par with those in some of the more recent
Dead videos, notably Ticket to New Year's or Downhill from Here, but
its earnestness, and its focus on an era in the Band's history with little
other video documentation, more than make up for the lack of polish.
There's some above-average music, too, especially "Eyes of the World" and
the ever-irresistible "U.S. Blues."
* Grateful Dead - View from the Vault 1-3DVD This three DVD set contains one each of: "View From The Vault I," "View From The Vault II," and "View From The Vault III 650 minutes
* The Grateful Dead - Downhill From Here DVD The late, great Grateful Dead live on in fans' memories and,
thankfully, on video. Deadheads have long argued that the fabled San
Francisco band was at its best onstage. 'Heads and novices alike can
test that premise.
"The draft is white people sending black people to fight yellow people to
protect the country they stole from the red people."-"Hair"
The Age of Aquarius is brought to life by the filmmaker who made Amadeus a household
Hair re-creates a colorful world of counterculture finding an anvil to pound
on: the Vietnam War. Forman and his design team allow the film to wash over you,
starting at the free-flowing opening in which masses of hippies, police, and
even their horses eagerly groove to the familiar beat of "Aquarius." In
the best work of his career, Treat Williams makes his leading- man debut as Berger,
the leader of the Central Park troop who takes draftee Claude (John Savage)
under his wing on his trip through New York City and the apex of what the '60s
was. The new recording of the music is quite fine, Chicago band member Don Dacus's
rendition of the title song is a highlight. --Doug Thomas
Live at the Union Chapel DVD
This DVD also includes bonus interviews, tour footage and commentaries. Recorded
live at the Union Chapel in Islington, North London, on 12 December 2003. Procol
Harum has bucked the trend for 5 decades by creating some of the most thought
provoking music ever recorded.
* A Night at the Family Dog 1970 (The Grateful Dead / Jefferson Airplane / Santana) DVD
Filmed on location at the Family Dog Ballroom in San Francisco in September, 1970, the show captures the heyday and diversity of the San Francisco sound with three of the most well known bands to emerge from the scene.
Finally released at the Toronto Film Fest in 2003, this 90-minute film by Canadian
director Bob Smeaton documents the legendary 1970 tour with The Band, The Grateful
Dead, Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, Ian and Sylvia, New Riders of the Purple
Sage, Tom Rush, Buddy Guy, Eric Andersen, Mountain, Ten Years After, Traffic,
Seatrain, Charlebois, James and the Good Brothers, Cat Mashmakan and The Modern
* Elvis - The '68 Comeback Special (Deluxe Edition DVD)
Originally telecast December 3, 1968, as simply Elvis. At the time, Presley
was a rock-'n'-roll memory. He labored in an increasingly hokey Hollywood
career while the '60s British invasion, garage rock, and psychedelic
movements made his hip-swiveling '50's persona seem woefully uncool.
This '68 Comeback Special re-established his position as rock royalty.
* Classic Albums - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland DVD
This documentary examines the making of the multi-platinum Jimi Hendrix
double album Electric Ladyland. The story is told using archival film clips,
the diary of one of Hendrix's employees, demos, live performances, home movies,
and still photos, intercut with interviews featuring band members.
Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix
Experience Hendrix brings together the major singles with a stack of majestic album tracks and the career-defining live Woodstock version of "The Star Spangled Banner" on a fat 20-tracker.
* Jazz on a Summer's Day/A Summer's Day With Bert Stern DVD
Part concert documentary, part pop-cultural time capsule, Bert Stern's
Jazz on a Summer's Day chronicles the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival with
an approach as deceptively relaxed, even impulsive, as the music itself.
He documents American jazz at a notably golden moment in its development--diverse,
adventurous, and still broadly popular, this was jazz not yet under the
shadow of rock and youth culture, played by an integrated artistic community
a few short years away from social and political turmoil that would boil
divisively to the surface during the '60s.
* Jesus Christ Superstar (Special Edition)1973 DVD
If you were a hippie, you'd understand. JC Superstar was a box
office failure and a spectacular generational success. This was typical
of the times-- the Vietnam-era, them-vs.-us schism between ''regular''
society and us long-haired rabble-rousing free-love dope-smoking troublemaking
hippies. JC Superstar was the first time anyone dared consider Jesus
as a very ''human'' kind of person-- with fears, uncertainly, even a
lack of faith on occasion, just like anyone else. The film had cutting
edge choreography, great music with incredible lyrics, and just enough
experimental cinematographic efforts to make a hippie smile and their
parents shake their heads... Rad Delaroderie
Plays Berkeley DVD
This critically acclaimed performance is considered
to be one of the best of the legendary guitar player's career. The
show was taped on May 30, 1970, at the Berkeley Community Center
during the Cry of Love tour. The 55-minute release features Billy
Cox on bass, and Mitch Mitchell on drums. The band performs a number
of Hendrix classics, including "Johnny B. Good," "Hear
My Train a Comin'," "Purple Haze," "I Don't Live
Today," "Hey Baby (New Rising Son)," "Lover Man," and,
of course, Jimi's rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner."
* Thelonious Monk - Straight No Chaser DVD
1989 The executive producer of this exemplary documentary about jazz
pianist and composer Thelonious Monk is Clint Eastwood. Great 1968 footage,
shot by Michael and Christian Blackwood, documents Monk in the studio,
on tour, and off stage, which on its own would make this essential jazz
* Rebel Music - The Bob Marley Story DVD
tells the fascinating and heart-wrenching story of legendary reggae superstar Bob Marley, his extraordinary life and revolutionary music. A gifted musician, an inspired poet, and a prophet of peace who fervently decried the injustices of all people by remaining true to his roots, , his life was claimed by cancer in 1981 at the age of 36
|* Legend - The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers DVD
Fouteen of Marley's songs are included in this view of his life.
There's a reason why this best-of collection has been a steady bestseller since it debuted in 1984: Marley's sincerity, and the best reggae rythmns sounded in tune with our own hearts.
* Stepping Razor Red X DVD
As a member of the Wailers with Bob Marley and
Bunny Wailer and as an artist in his own right, Peter Tosh is widely
considered one of the most influential figures the reggae world has ever
seen. He was referred to as"the Malcom X to former bandmate Bob
Marley's Martin Luther King, Jr"
* * The Complete Monterey Pop Festival - Criterion Collection(1968) DVD
Many legends of rock held their debut performances there, in front of
an international audience, including Janis Joplin (who had not been heard
outside San Francisco), the Who and Jimi Hendrix (who had been heard
only in England at that time), and the San Francisco psychedelic pioneers
(Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company,
Country Joe and the Fish, even Moby Grape).
* The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter - Criterion Collection DVD
1970 Gimme Shelter has a double meaning: it's the title of a Rolling
Stones song, and the feeling one has after witnessing this disturbing
documentary. Filmmakers Albert Maysles and David Maysles concentrated
his fly-on-the-wall cameras on the Stones' most fateful gig: the 1969
free concert at California's Altamont Speedway. To maintain crowd control,
the Stones made the fatal error of engaging the services of the Hell's
Angels motorcycle gang. The chaotic results included the fatal stabbing
of a spectator, which was recorded on film.
* The Rolling Stones - Rock and Roll Circus
Fans of late '60s rock and roll will find this documentary to be a rare
and precious jewel. It contains shining performances from The Rolling Stones,
Eric Clapton , John Lennon and Yoko Ono , and The Who. Originally planned
as a television special in 1968, it was shelved shortly after filming because
the manager of the Stonesfelt that another of the acts, The Who, upstaged
them. Other performers include Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull
,and the only recently formed
* Tommy 1975 DVD
The Who's brilliant rock opera is sublimely matched to director Ken Russell's
penchant for cinematic excess, and this 1975 production finds Russell
at the peak of his filmmaking audacity. It's a fever-dream of musical
bombast, custom-fit to the thematic ambition of Pete Townshend's epic
rock drama, revolving around the titular "deaf, dumb, and blind
kid" (played by Who vocalist Roger Daltrey) who survives the childhood
trauma that stole his senses to become a Pinball Wizard messiah in Townshend's
grandiose attack on the hypocrisy of organized religion.
* Paul Simon - You're the One (In Concert from Paris) DVD
1980 Simon's long pilgrimage through Third World music elicits utterly
natural, multicultural accents. His music now fuses its familiar folk-rock
origins with the newer influences gathered from Africa, South America,
and the Caribbean. Much more relaxed and playful than was often the case
earlier in his career.
* 3 Days of Peace & Music (The Director's Cut) DVD
It was 1969 -- the Summer of Love -- and some 400,000
people gathered on a farm in upstate New York to
get down and naked to the music of Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family
Stone, Jefferson Airplane, Arlo Guthrie, David Crosby, and many, many
This was more than just a music festival. It was a three-day celebration
of the counterculture and everything for which it stood.
|* Led Zeppelin DVD B00008PX8P
This 102-minute set presents 12 numbers that include Led Zeppelin's I Can't Quit You Baby,Dazed and Confused, How Many More Times and Communication Breakdown, Led Zeppelin II,Whole Lotta Love, What Is and What Should Never Be,Moby Dick and Bring It On Home. We're Gonna Groove Was a then-unreleased number that would appear eventually on the catchall collection Coda, while White Summer covered the Yardbirds. Finally, Led Zep covered Eddie Cochran via C;mon Everybody and Something Else.