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Festival : folk music at Newport, 1963-1966

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  • DVD 782.42162 F4183 (CEN)

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Director-approved DVD special edition.


Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Cash, the Staple Singers, Pete Seeger, Son House, Peter, Paul and Mary,

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2017]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (98 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (40 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.)


Not rated.


From 1963 to 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. 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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Originally released as a documentary in 1967.

Special features: New, restored 2K digital transfer, approved by director Murray Lerner ; new reconstruction and remastering of the soundtrack from the original concert and field recordings, approved by Lerner ; Making "Festival," a new progrram featuring Lerner, associate editor Alan Heim, and assistant editor Gordon Quinn ; When We Played Newport, a new program featuring archival interviews with Lerner, music festival producer George Wein, and musicians Joan Baez, John Cohen, Judy Colllins, Phil Ochs, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, and others ; selection of unreleased performances by Clarence Ashley, Johnny Cash, Elizabeth Cotten, John Lee Hooker, Odetta, and Tom Paxton ; optional captions identifying artists and song titles.

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