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      REVIVAL69: The Concert that Rocked the World

      2022 1 hr. 37 min. Documentary Music List
      Reviews 100% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score In 1969, there were three music festivals that changed the world. And "the second most important event in rock & roll history" was a one-day music festival held at the University of Toronto's 20,000 seat Varsity Stadium called the Toronto Rock & Roll Revival. REVIVAL69: The Concert that Rocked the World, tells the incredible behind-the-scenes, story of how, against all odds, a life-changing concert came together. A story of passion and perseverance, this never-before documented story reveals a series of colorful characters, murky deals and broken promises, culminating in John Brower, a young renegade promoter, putting his life on the line (literally) in order to achieve his goal. With dismal ticket sales, the concert was almost cancelled. But Brower took a one-in-a-million chance and invited John Lennon, who said yes, propelling the concert into a massively successful event. Included in the stellar lineup were Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Gene Vincent, The Doors, Alice Cooper, and John Lennon with the Plastic Ono Band -- his first appearance without the Beatles, that included Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann and Alan White. The film uses a priceless cinematic archive that includes unreleased concert and backstage footage from D.A. Pennebaker's original shot 16mm film, and a narrative primarily told through the eyes of those who were there. Read More Read Less

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      Carole F Great interviews! Great animation! Great movie! A piece of musical history! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Bill Brioux Brioux.tv [A] fascinating new documentary. Sep 14, 2023 Full Review Kim Hughes Original Cin This terrifically engaging doc salvages and frames a unique piece of Toronto rock and roll history. Rated: B+ Dec 17, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis In 1969, there were three music festivals that changed the world. And "the second most important event in rock & roll history" was a one-day music festival held at the University of Toronto's 20,000 seat Varsity Stadium called the Toronto Rock & Roll Revival. REVIVAL69: The Concert that Rocked the World, tells the incredible behind-the-scenes, story of how, against all odds, a life-changing concert came together. A story of passion and perseverance, this never-before documented story reveals a series of colorful characters, murky deals and broken promises, culminating in John Brower, a young renegade promoter, putting his life on the line (literally) in order to achieve his goal. With dismal ticket sales, the concert was almost cancelled. But Brower took a one-in-a-million chance and invited John Lennon, who said yes, propelling the concert into a massively successful event. Included in the stellar lineup were Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Gene Vincent, The Doors, Alice Cooper, and John Lennon with the Plastic Ono Band -- his first appearance without the Beatles, that included Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann and Alan White. The film uses a priceless cinematic archive that includes unreleased concert and backstage footage from D.A. Pennebaker's original shot 16mm film, and a narrative primarily told through the eyes of those who were there.
      Director
      Ron Chapman
      Executive Producer
      D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus, Frazer Pennebaker
      Screenwriter
      Phyllis Ellis
      Genre
      Documentary, Music
      Original Language
      English