Festival Express is a rousing record of a little-known, but monumental, moment in Rock n’ Roll history, starring such music legends as Janis Joplin, The Band, and the Grateful Dead. Set in 1970, Festival Express was a multi-band, multi-day extravaganza that captured the spirit and imagination of a generation and a nation.
What made it unique was that it was portable; for five days, the bands and performers lived, slept, rehearsed and did countless unmentionable things aboard a customized train that traveled from Toronto, to Calgary, to Winnipeg, with each stop culminating in a mega-concert.
The entire experience, both off-stage and on, was filmed, but the extensive footage remained locked away until 2003, when director Bob Smeaton released the movie. A momentous achievement in rock film archaeology, Festival Express combines the long-lost material with contemporary interviews nearly 35 years after it was first filmed.
Enjoy this awesome documentation of what surely would have been an incredible ride to take.
Festival Express – Directed by Bob Smeaton and Frank Cvitanovich, 2003
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