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Festival Express

During the summer of 1970, a series of music festivals took place across Canada. After the first festival in Toronto, the musicians, their roadies and a film crew traveled by private train to the remaining festivals in Winnipeg and Calgary. This is the story of the Festival Express. The tour was a financial flop, and thanks of a fight between the festival promoters and the film producers, no film was edited or exhibited. So this film is, in effect, a brand new film from 1970. If the tour itself was not a success, the party that accompanied it became legend: take one private train, add eight bands full of talented musicians get impromptu jams fueled by drugs and liquor in every car. The main attraction is two now deceased headliners, Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia, seen both on stage and off. Filmed only two months before Joplin's death, the sequences involving her are truly electrifying and capture her at the height of her self-consuming talent. The Grateful Dead are captured while in the midst of recording and releasing its two essential albums (Workingman's Dead and American Beauty). It captures a pure moment in time when musical hearts and minds beat as one, when musicians of all stripes--without benefit of publicists, handlers, or security goons--came together to work and play hard and leave behind one damn fine-looking corpse.

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  • "During the summer of 1970, a series of music festivals took place across Canada. After the first festival in Toronto, the musicians, their roadies and a film crew traveled by private train to the remaining festivals in Winnipeg and Calgary. This is the story of the Festival Express. The tour was a financial flop, and thanks of a fight between the festival promoters and the film producers, no film was edited or exhibited. So this film is, in effect, a brand new film from 1970. If the tour itself was not a success, the party that accompanied it became legend: take one private train, add eight bands full of talented musicians get impromptu jams fueled by drugs and liquor in every car. The main attraction is two now deceased headliners, Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia, seen both on stage and off. Filmed only two months before Joplin's death, the sequences involving her are truly electrifying and capture her at the height of her self-consuming talent. The Grateful Dead are captured while in the midst of recording and releasing its two essential albums (Workingman's Dead and American Beauty). It captures a pure moment in time when musical hearts and minds beat as one, when musicians of all stripes--without benefit of publicists, handlers, or security goons--came together to work and play hard and leave behind one damn fine-looking corpse."@en
  • "Documentary about the 1970 Canadian National Railways tour across Canada taken by some of North America's most popular rock bands, combining live footage from the concerts as well as aboard the train itself, interspersed with present-day interviews with tour participants."@en
  • "In the summer of 1970, a chartered train crossed Canada carrying some of the world's greatest rock bands. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, and others lived (and partied) together for five days, stopping in major cities along the way to play live concerts. Their journey was filmed."@en
  • "In the summer of 1970, several of the era's biggest rock stars, including JanisJoplin, Grateful Dead, The Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Buddy Guy,took to the rails for Festival Express. The show was a multi-artist, multi-cityconcert tour that captured the spirit and imagination of a generation. The entire experience was filmed both off-stage and on, but the extensive footage of the events remained locked away for decades, only recently having been restored."@en
  • ""Festival Express [1970] was a multi-band, multi-day extravaganza ... aboard a customized train that travelled from Toronto to Winnipeg to Calgary, with each stop culminating in a mega-concert." Performances by Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, The Band, etc."
  • "In 1970, such names as Janis Joplin, The Band, and The Grateful Dead traveled by a customized train for five days to Toronto, Calgary, and Winnipeg for a mega-concert at each stop. This experience was filmed and some footage was locked away, until now."@en
  • "In 1970, such names as Janis Joplin, The Band, and The Grateful Dead traveled by a customized train for five days to Toronto, Calgary, and Winnipeg for a mega-concert at each stop. This experience was filmed and some footage was locked away, until now."
  • "In 1970 during the era of the hippie and the counter-culture, the biggest rock acts traveled on a train for five days from coast to coast in Canada, performing a series of concerts at each stop."
  • "À l'été 1970, des concerts rock ont eu lieu successivement à Toronto, Winnipeg et Calgary. Les musiciens se déplacèrent entre chaque ville à bord d'un train spécial. Ce festival en trois parties permit d'entendre quelques-uns des plus grands noms de la musique rock de l'époque. Ce document vidéo relate cet événement et permet d'entendre les artistes suivants: The Band, Delaney & Bonnie & friends, Flying Burrito Brothers, Grateful Dead, Buddy Guy Blues Band, Ian & Sylvia & The Great Speckled Bird."
  • "Traveling circus Don't ease me in Protesters Slippin' and slidin' The Orient express Better take Jesus' hand Toronto to Winnipeg Comin' home baby Money Lazy day The weight Cry baby Back on the train Emergency stop Ain't no more cane Calgary Rock 'n' roll is here to stay New speedway boogie Intro to C.C. Rider C.C. Rider Moments I shall be released Throwing a party Tell mama."
  • ""L'histoire incroyable mais vraie d'un évènement exceptionnel mais peu connu de l'histoire du rock'n'roll : 5 jours durant l'été 1970, des artistes américains aussi légendaires que Janis Joplin, The Band ou encore The Grateful Dead, voyagèrent à travers le Canada se livrant à de superbes prestations scéniques. Les concerts s'enchaînent à chaque arrêt et se poursuivent nuit et jour dans le train. Le film retrace cette aventure hors du commun mélangeant images de l'époque et interviews contemporaines."
  • "Verslag van een reis per trein van een aantal bekende (Amerikaanse) artiesten langs een serie popfestivals in 1970 in Canada."
  • "Home use only."@en
  • "Documents a five-day concert tour across Canada, with live performances, contemporary and archival interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage."@en

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  • "Interviews"@en
  • "Feature films"@en
  • "Non fiction"
  • "Rock films"@en
  • "Rock concert films"@en
  • "Documentary films"@en
  • "Rock 'n' roll, rockabilly (rock)"
  • "Video recordings for the hearing impaired"@en
  • "Nonfiction films"@en
  • "Rock music"@en
  • "History"@en

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  • "Festival Express"
  • "Festival Express"@en
  • "Festival express special edition"
  • "Festival express"
  • "Festival express"@en