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The Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons features 9 episodes from 1969 to 1974 featuring Janis Joplin, David Bowie, George Harrison, Sly And The Family Stone, Stevie Wonder and many more. Highlights include 3 episodes with Janis Joplin and "The Woodstock Show," taped the day after the festival with Jefferson Airplane, Joni Mitchell, David Crosby and Stephen Stills. The shows also feature Cavett's interviews with many of the fascinating personalities of the day from Gloria Swanson to Debbie Reynolds to Raquel Welch.
Also included is the featurette Cavett Meets The Rolling Stones, featuring live performance footage from the Stones and a revealing backstage interview with Mick Jagger. Adding insight and perspective to the set are episode introductions and a brand new interview with Dick Cavett.
Over 25 Historic Performances on 3 DVDs including:
Chelsea Morning Joni Mitchell
Somebody To Love Jefferson Airplane with David Crosby
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again) Sly And The Family Stone
Young Americans David Bowie
To Love Somebody Janis Joplin
Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) Janis Joplin
Signed, Sealed, Delivered Im Yours Stevie Wonder
Bangla Desh George Harrison
Still Crazy After All These Years Paul Simon
Bridge Over Troubled Water Paul Simon with The Jessy Dixon Singers
Top Customer Reviews
The opening segment of disc 1 is of Jefferson Airplane, Joni Mitchell, and Stephen Stills (also David Crosby joins Jefferson Airplane on a wildly struck tamborine). What was interesting to me was this: Dick Cavett is so uncomfortable with these hipster hippies, he's a total "square," and yet he deserves credit for being brave enough for being himself and trying to set up a "rap session" for the performers, who have to sit in a circle on these Day-Glo cushion cubes. At one point he says politely to Grace Slick (of Jeff Airplane): "Are you comfortable?" and she sort of sneers back, "No." Most of the other performers are sprawled on the floor using the cushions as pillows--they're clearly unimpressed (or trying to give that impression) of being on Dick Cavett, and they're also dead tired and wired from having just been at Woodstock. Joni Mitchell listens raptly to them all talk about the experience at Woodstock. Her handlers had convinced her to blow off going to Woodstock to make the Dick Cavett appearance.Read more ›
In the original telecast of the Rolling Stones segment, Cavett interviewed Mick Jagger backstage moments before he was about to perform. The occasion: one of the Stones' famed Madison Square Garden shows on their 1972 US tour. Mick excuses himself to walk onstage, and the cameras follow -- way cool.
Jagger dances out, and the Stones tear into a sledgehammer version of Brown Sugar. It's one of the few times in the band's patchy concert film history cameras manage to perfectly capture the feeling of seeing them live back then. You *are* there -- and it's wonderful.
The original Cavett footage also includes the concert closer, Street Fighting Man. The Stones were on fire this night. They were a year away from what many consider their performing peak, the 1973 European tour. Second guitarist Mick Taylor propelled them to an unprecedented level of intensity.
-- BAD NEWS:
The Stones footage was a late addition to this set, delaying its originally scheduled release date. Previously, permission had been denied by the band. For reasons unknown, Jagger relented at the last minute. But with a caveat -- the DVD could only feature two minutes of each of the Stones' two songs.
One might guess, concern about bootlegging. But the Rolling Stones would take a paltry financial hit if copies a 32-year old performance of two songs hit the black market. No. The more likely suspect is ego.
Jagger has been scrupulously blocking the release -- on either CD or DVD -- of (additional) Mick Taylor-era live material. Mick admitted years back in a lengthy interview with Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner that a lot of people consider the Taylor years the band's finest incarnation.Read more ›
The Sly Stone interview is funny and sad at the same time. Fresh performance.
The Bowie interview intriguing. Check out the late Luther Vandross singing backup in his leisure suit.
Finally, the Jefferson Airplane, CSN and Joni Mitchell episode is fresh off the heels of Woodstock - something I didn't know until I watched.
If you like music and rock history, get it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I hate to give this wonderful collection of superb music only 2 stars, but the sound is awful. It sounds tinny and scratchy, like an old drive-in speaker. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Corsair Dipthong
Interesting to see these pop stars at this stage of their career.Published 21 days ago by Roy A. Fisher
Dick is a very witty guy.
i believe he is a genius and have always enjoyed and admired him.
I bought this dvd primarily for The Stones. Unfortunately they are not included in my version although they are mentioned on the cover. Total rip off in my view.Published 11 months ago by Kristen Ryan
I bought this for the Janis Joplin appearances. Cavett seems uncomfortable with most of the other "rock icons" and they clearly don't trust him, but the unusual... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gene StJohn
I just came to check out this listing after just now watching the Sly interview. Great performance of Mice Elf. Then Sly and Cavett interact in some sort of interview. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Green Manalishi