Road to Woodstock
One of the enduring things about the 60s is its soundtrack; American youth, frustrated with their parents and the government, paved the way for bands like The Byrds, The Mamas & The Papas, and The Doors. With Motown, many black artists were finally getting recognition: The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye. Folk music regained popularity, making space for Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Simon & Garfunkel, and, most notably, Bob Dylan. The 60s was a time of exploration, and the music was no exception.
This exploration culminated at Woodstock, a generation-defining event filled with sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. Hundreds of thousands of young people flocked to Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, New York; attendance peaked at over 400,000. Festival-goers got to hear the best in the business, including a grand finale from Jimi Hendrix.
This summer, the Nickelodeon Theatre celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic festival with a film series guaranteed to take you back to the decade of love and rock ‘n’ roll. Join us Wednesdays in July for a stroll down memory lane.
Series programming and text by Toure Green. Design by Daniel Machado.
The Big T.N.T Show
The Big T.N.T. Show is a concert film shot before a live audience at the Moulin Rouge club in Los Angeles. It features a dazzling list of artists, some of whom would go on to perform at Woodstock, and electric performances of “Georgia on My Mind,” Do You Believe in Magic,” and “Satisfaction.”
Directed by Larry Peerce.
Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Church
Electric Church presents the legendary guitarist in full flight and in front of the largest US audience of his career at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival. This critically acclaimed film combines original 16mm multi-camera footage of Hendrix’s unforgettable performance with a documentary about his journey amidst civil rights unrest, the relenting toll of the Vietnam War, and a burgeoning festival culture that drew young people together.
Directed by John McDermott.