Festival! is a documentary film about the Newport Folk Festival. Filmed over the course of three festivals at Newport (1963-1965), the film features performances by Johnny Cash, Peter Yarrow, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary, Odetta, Bob Dylan, and many others.
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There was a time when people came to festivals to get high simply by listening to the music. There was a time when people still listened to the words of the songs. There was a time when people could really understand what Bob Dylan was saying in his songs. There was a time when my heroes were young and beautiful although in black'n white. There was a time. Masterpiece.
I love how simple and yet powerful it is. I was laughing and I was crying. And I was wishing all people/musicians would care about the world and the music this way. A film that preserves the spirit of the golden age of folk music.