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Rockin' at the Red Dog: The Dawn of Psychedelic Rock (2005)

Howard Hesseman , Bill Ham (II) , Mary Works  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Howard Hesseman, Bill Ham (II), Chan Laughlin, Alton Kelley, David Getz
  • Directors: Mary Works
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Monterey Video / Sunset Home Visual Entertainment (SHE)
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009GX2JG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,015 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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" amazing piece of Rock & Roll history...far reaching significance in the overall story of 20th Century America" -- Audience Member

"The best documentary on the ‘60s ever made. Red Dog Saloon rocks!" -- Michael Simmons - Rolling Stone, L.A. Weekly, High Times, BAM

"The best documentary on the ‘60s ever made. Red Dog Saloon rocks!" -- Michael Simmons - Rolling Stone, L.A. Weekly, High Times, BAM

"…engaging affectionate…full of characters whose eyes still gleam…" -- Joel Selvin - San Francisco Chronicle

"’Rockin’ at the Red Dog’ showcases a monumental piece of rock n’ roll history." -- Sound Wave Magazine

Product Description

The Dawn Of Psychadelic Rock featuring music by Big Brother and The Holding Company, The Charlans, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and many others...

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read before you buy. This was a great DVD. February 23, 2006
This DVD explored the history of the Red Dog Saloon. It is a documentary of the origins of the Haight-Ashbury cultural scene, not early footages of the rock bands. It never was marketed as such. "Featuring music by ...", not "full concert footage by ...." If you want a Grateful Dead show, buy one. There are plenty. This DVD doesn't claim to be one, so if you thought it was when you bought it, you need to read to more carefully next time.

As a documentary, it features interviews with the owners, bartenders, cook, et al., all the people who made the Saloon, and eventually the Haight. All insightful and entertaining.

Of course the Charlatans figured an important part of the DVD; they were an important part of the Saloon and its history. Not the Dead. Not Quicksilver. Not the Airplane.

It dragged toward the end, and I could have done without the current music performances, and would have prefered more

of the personal videos and photographs (if there were anymore), and more about the 2nd and 3rd tiered groups.

A fascinating documentary it is (for those interested in the history of the San Francisco rock scene). A video full of early performances it's not.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only footage of the Charlatans are on this DVD January 21, 2007
I have to agree with some aspects of the negative reviews found here: Yes, if you're looking for stories revolving around the popular bands of the area, don't buy it. Actually, only buy this, if you heard or read of the Red Dog Saloon before. Because then it's safe to assume that you are really familiar with the development of the music scene in San Francisco in the 60s. Because then you don't have to rely on this DVD to learn who the Grateful Dead or Jefferson Airplane were.

If the Red Dog Saloon does ring a bell, buy this DVD. Buy it, because it contains the only known footage of the Charlatans, the real pioneers. True: If you listen to their sound you would never guess that they were the spearhead of the music scene back in 64 and 65. But that's not the point. This DVD basically explains why the Charlatans worked as a band, as an image and as a visual focus point that drew people because it was way cool.

Also to be seen on DVD: Excerpts of the Red Dog Reunion concert back in the early 90s with the Charlatans and Big Brother And The Holding Company. Lynne Hughes is there, too. The background of the Light Machine is explained. Interviews with people from the scene less famous than the typical names associated with it. Oh yes, and music. Music that is virtually forgotten by most of us today but still belongs and is easily identified as part of the dawn of psychedelic rock.

The bottom line: Great if not fantastic DVD for people interested in the background of the music scene. It concentrates on the Red Dog and leaves therefore little room for the more famous bands of the area. But that was not the intention. The DVD is a joy to watch. It is great to listen to the interviews. I will treasure this DVD.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic Music Backstory April 16, 2006
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I consider this an essential documentary of the sixties music scene. It's a story that might well be lost without this film.

If you're expecting a Grateful Dead video, like all the other videos from this company, then don't bother buying this one.

I'm really quite shocked by the one star reviews of this fascinating video. I guess either you get it or you don't.

Rockin' at the Red Dog isn't boring - it's hip, man, you dig?
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Seeds Being Sown August 22, 2005
"Rockin' at the Red Dog" is a well made documentary on the beginnings of the San Francisco psychedelic music/art scene that would eventually sweep the country (and the world) and have repercussions lasting for decades. The interviews with those involved are entertaining and insightful. However, I did have some small qualms; the packaging would lead one to believe that there is a lot of Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, etc. in the film when they are only mentioned briefly and there are no live performances by those bands. This is primarily about the Charlatans, a seminal SF band, and there isn't really much footage of them in existence to show. It would have been nice to have seen them playing live in their (very short) heyday, as well as some of the other SF garage bands briefly glimpsed in the film. Still, I recommend "Rockin" to those interested in rock history/evolution. Deadheads looking for concert footage will be disappointed.
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35 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money October 15, 2005
By Ace909
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I was stunned to see how little footage of any of the bands there was on this DVD especially after the description touted them so much. It's an ok documentary of that time but the way it is being marketed borders on misrepresentation. If you want to see or hear these bands go elsewhere. Very disappointing.
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48 of 66 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless September 6, 2005
I watched this DVD waiting to see the Dead and Quicksilver to show up and guess what?-they're not in it! To even attempt to tie this DVD to the music scene in SF is outrageous. So if you want to start a bar out in the country and get one band to play there, buy this. If you want to see the DEAD-get their DVD, if you want to see QMS-get John Cippolina's tape, JA-get their DVD, etc. But don't buy this one. I watched the SF genre develop and kept hearing about THE CHARLATANS and couldn't understand why they didn't "break out" nationally. This tells me why. They just were not good. If you want to "hear" the true spirit of SF, buy the first MOBY GRAPE album (CD). It has all you need to hear.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great flic!
Fascinating documentary about the birth of Psychedelic Rock at the Red Dog in Nevada and in San Francisco. The Charlatans, Jefferson Airplane, etc. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Heitzer
4.0 out of 5 stars Early hippies, but not in San Francisco, not even in California.
I was amazed at the number of key players they interviewed and it was put together very well. If you are into the hippie concert scene in North America you should see where it... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Geoffrey Scherer
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Rockin' At The Red Dog: The Dawn Of Psychedelic' (Monterey Video) DVD...
Duration is 91 minutes, I wanted to first mention that this isn't a music DVD that I would watch all the time - however it is a decent title that I would dig out from time and... Read more
Published on August 30, 2011 by Mike Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD SHOW
fun and informative. helped fill in some of the gaps of that era. could have used a few more interviews from some of the groups that were there+
Published on November 27, 2010 by KASMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding history lesson
Everything came together after a 6 hour game of "Risk": the "Red Dog" and a lot more was born. This great documentary allows the folks who were responsible, Ellen Harmon, Luria... Read more
Published on July 4, 2010 by Lilting Banshee
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed at Floydian Slips
This is indeed the best documentary on the '60s for those interested in the burgeoning psychedelic era in America. See my full review online at Floydian Slips, [...]
Published on June 26, 2009 by C. L. Morton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD!! Excellent rockumentary
Dont buy this DVD anticipating alot of footage of the bands. (A night at the family dog or the Grateful Dead movie might be a better choice) If you'd like to get an inside... Read more
Published on January 3, 2009 by R. Bozzuto
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God - Finally NO Grateful Dead
I'm sure this will be an unpopular review, but watch the DVD for the LACK of Greatful Dead content. The San Francisco scene was much more than the Dead... Read more
Published on October 22, 2008 by Edsel
5.0 out of 5 stars ROCKIN' AT THE RED DOG
Not having seen this video yet, I must still say this: To appreciate this DVD, you must understand that there is VERY LITTLE original footage of ANY SF bands from this period. Read more
Published on February 17, 2008 by Old SF player
5.0 out of 5 stars The Puzzle Comes Together
Thanks to these excellent dvd, the pieces missing from my puzzle of how the San Francisco sound and psychedelic music formed have been put into place, and the picture is clear to... Read more
Published on August 1, 2007 by yrdbird
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