The Bickershaw Festival
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NTSC/Region 0. Rare archive film from numerous sources brings together the story of one of the great North West Festivals of the '70s. During the '70s there were only 2 great multi-day Greenfield music festivals with camping in North West England, Around 40,000 people attended and the festival inspired many audience members to pursue careers in the music industry. Feature tracks from : Donovan, Incredible String Band, Country Joe, Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Captain Beefheart, Family, The Kinks, Captain Beyond and more. Also features interviews with Jerry Garcia, Nik Turner from Hawkwind and others. Ozit. 2007.
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My main reason for going was to see the Grateful Dead, again, and in the end I was not to be disappointed.
What followed was three days of peace, love and music and dreadful weather which ended up in the site being a quagmire and freezing cold. Unlike Woodstock there are no pictures of people frolicking in the mud like happy hippy hippos but there are many of people huddled together for shared bodily warmth and also being very friendly.
I bought this DVD, at great expense (isn't the weak dollar not wonderful) more as a memento than as a movie and to that extent I was not disappointed. The DVD is like my memories of the festival bits here and bits there, shards of experiences both good and bad. It must be admitted that the quality is not good but then for those who were there the music was the important thing.
This DVD is probably not for the general viwere of fan or music lover but as a picture of a period of time, or for people like myself, a trip down memory lane, it is worth buying to show our kids or grandkids and for that reason alone I would recommend it.
Either terrible or nonexistent camera work, terrible sound, repeated still shots instead of performances, shots from behind the artists, and concert footage that's not from the actual Bickershaw festival! With the exception of Captain Beefheart, NOWHERE on the DVD packaging is it mentioned you won't be seeing complete live performances. There's no footage of the Kinks at all!
I would never pay $30 to see crowd shots, marginally interesting interviews, and one garbled song per artist.
Avoid this DVD at all costs! Get the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival instead.
WHOA. Some actual synchronized footage of Country Joe MacDonald playing an acoustic guitar in high winds! Bad audio, uninspired performance, cut off mid-song. Fab.
An on-camera interview with Jerry Garcia who's obviously bummed out about the weather and the facilities in general. He say "festivals are an unfortunate circumstance to be playing in." Hoo boy! Great shots of the amps... utter crap.
Overall POOR audio quality. Video is mostly lo-res stills and 2 second clips from multiple POOR sources--some of it from performances OTHER than this festival! What's the point of that?
By the way, we get about 30 second of live Beefheart. If it were on YouTube, you'd probably complain about the quality.
Don't even rent this. I'm going to ask for my $[...] back. Really.
really a historic document / collection of ratre film rather than some epic Woodstock movie. For true followers of the hippie festival and counter culture of the 70's it is definitely worth getting