Catalogue No: EVDVD130
| Release: 16/04/2012
Murray Lerner’s film “Festival” is a cinematic synthesis of four Newport Folk Festivals in which the art of folk music is pictured in transition during its moist crucial years. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Donovan are all on view, as is Pete Seeger and numerous others that give a feeling of community with the whole American present and continuity with the American past. The film was originally released in cinemas in 1967 and has now been restored under the supervision of director Murray Lerner from the original footage with the sound remixed and remastered into Dolby 5.1 and DTS Surround Sound. The Newport Folk Festivals of the early sixties were hugely influential and this film records for posterity the pivotal moment when Bob Dylan “went electric” a truly controversial episode at the time. Indeed Dylan dominates the film with three full length performances: All I Really Want To Do, Maggie’s Farm and Tambourine Man, an interview and numerous other artists covering his songs.