Lockdown got you down? Miss live music? The Dryden Theatre has the next best thing with this series of concert films. Filmmakers had always been attempting to record sound along with motion picture film, but it was advancements in synchronized recording in the 1950s and the portability of 16mm cameras that made documenting real-time music performances possible. By the 1970s, concert films had grown into a genre all their own, bringing electrifying performances to the screen and offering the masses unprecedented access to the musicians and their acts. Whether filmed in the concert hall or the stadium, these films capture musical greats such as Leonard Bernstein, the Band, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, the Dramatics, the Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes, Simon & Garfunkel, the Who, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.
Events in this Series
Concert Films On Thanksgiving Day, 1976, five thousand cheering fans came to see the famed rock group the Band give their momentous farewell performance at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. The Last Waltz combines both intelligent filmmaking and legendary moments in music history.
Concert Films One of the first rock festivals, the Monterey International Pop Music Festival took place over a weekend in June 1967. It featured the first major American appearances by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Who, and Ravi Shankar, in addition to Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, and Simon and Garfunkel