Trailers from Hell: Allan Arkush on Rock ‘n Roll Road Doc ‘Festival Express’

Trailers from Hell: Allan Arkush on Rock 'n Roll Road Doc 'Festival Express'

Rock n’ Roll Will Never Die! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Allan Arkush introducing “Festival Express.”

Director Bob Smeaton’s rock ‘n road-trip movie, featuring
some of 1970′s preeminent musicians on a five day train tour through Canada, is
an essential time capsule of what happened when the swinging sixties made its
awkward leap into the unforgiving after-party of the ’70s. There are
eye-opening run-ins with hostile fans along the way but the camaraderie of the
musicians, including Janis Joplin, The Band and The Grateful Dead keeps spirits
high (literally). Because the tour was a financial disaster, the footage sat
unused in a garage for years before being resurrected for presentation at the
2003 Toronto Film Festival.

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