Monday, February 28, 2005

Festival Express (DVD, 2003)

I found this in my local Hollywood Video store. It's
a documentary of a rock festival that was held
across Canada in 1970. The festival promoter
rented a train for the festival, and the musicians
travelled by train, in style, across Canada, from
gig to gig site.

Overall The DVD is so-so. If you love the artists
and/or music, I'd say it's a must see. The best
performances are from Janice Joplin and worth
watching. The Grateful Dead and The Band are very
so-so here. Most of the performances by the other
artists are forgettable. I'll say this: it is
interetsing to see such a young Gerry Garcia and
such a very young and very thin Rick Danko being
very much himself. I enjoyed seeing how much the
crowds enjoyed the music.

List of groups/artists on the film:

Janis Joplin
The Grateful Dead
Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band
The Band
Buddy Guy Blues Band
Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
The Flying Burrito Bros
Ian & Sylvia & The Great Speckled Bird

Some web sites about the film:


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