Festival

Festival

Directed by Murray Lerner • 1967 • United States

Before WOODSTOCK and MONTEREY POP, there was FESTIVAL. From 1963 through 1966, Murray Lerner visited the annual Newport Folk Festival to document a thriving, idealistic musical movement as it reached its peak as a popular phenomenon. Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash, the Staple Singers, Pete Seeger, Son House, and Peter, Paul and Mary were just a few of the legends who shared the stage at Newport, treating audiences to a range of folk music that encompassed the genre’s roots in blues, country, and gospel as well as its newer flirtations with rock and roll. Shooting in gorgeous black and white, Lerner juxtaposes performances with snapshot interviews with artists and their fans, weaving footage from four years of the festival into an intimate record of a pivotal time in music—and in American culture at large.

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Festival
  • Festival

    Directed by Murray Lerner • 1967 • United States

    Before WOODSTOCK and MONTEREY POP, there was FESTIVAL. From 1963 through 1966, Murray Lerner visited the annual Newport Folk Festival to document a thriving, idealistic musical movement as it reached its peak as a popular phenomenon. Joan Baez, Bo...

Extras

  • FESTIVAL Edition Intro

  • Making FESTIVAL

    The following program features interviews with director Murray Lerner, associate editor Alan Heim, and assistant editor Gordon Quinn. It was produced in 2017.

  • When We Played Newport

    This 2017 program considers the American folk music movement during its most vital years. It features FESTIVAL outtakes, a 2007 interview with director Murray Lerner, and interviews recorded by Lerner with music festival producer George Wein and musicians Joan Baez, John Cohen, Judy Collins, Buff...

  • FESTIVAL Unreleased Performances: John Lee Hooker, 1963

    The outtake presented here, originally recorded by director Murray Lerner and his crew for FESTIVAL, features an unreleased performance by John Lee Hooker.

  • FESTIVAL Unreleased Performances: Tom Paxton, 1964

    The outtake presented here, originally recorded by director Murray Lerner and his crew for FESTIVAL, features an unreleased performance by Tom Paxton.

  • FESTIVAL Unreleased Performances: Elizabeth Cotten, 1964

    The outtake presented here, originally recorded by director Murray Lerner and his crew for FESTIVAL, features an unreleased performance by Elizabeth Cotten.

  • FESTIVAL Unreleased Performances: Johnny Cash, 1964

    The outtake presented here, originally recorded by director Murray Lerner and his crew, features a complete performance by Johnny Cash that is seen in part in FESTIVAL.

  • FESTIVAL Unreleased Performances: Clarence Ashley, 1963

    The outtake presented here, originally recorded by director Murray Lerner and his crew for FESTIVAL, features an unreleased performance by Clarence Ashley.

  • FESTIVAL Unreleased Performances: Odetta, 1964

    The outtake presented here, originally recorded by director Murray Lerner, features a complete performance by Odetta that is seen in part in FESTIVAL.