A treasure trove that archival power footage and a stellar lineup of reminiscing interviewees do "Greenwich Village: Music That characterized a Generation" a most enjoyable flashback.

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A treasure trove that archival performance footage and a stellar lineup of reminiscing interviewees do “Greenwich Village: Music That characterized a Generation” a many enjoyable flashback. Laura Archibald’s documentary about Ground Zero because that the 1960s folk explosion — and also its massive influence top top the form of rock music to come — isn’t assembled in a specifically distinctive manner, yet the materials and also voices culled offer an ext than enough reward in themselves. Pic began theatrical days on Jan. 18 together it proceeds to tour festivals; broadcast and home-format sales space inevitable.

A famous folk-music rebirth in the 1950s (led by lefty quartet the Weavers) created a new generation of youths who began the next decade dutifully imitating spirituals, job-related songs, traditional ballads and also the like, simply as they were taped on harry Smith’s renowned vinyl anthologies. Mercifully, this minute of college kids piously channeling coal miners passed once the Greenwich village scene — always a cauldron of arising boho trends — discovered some the its talents were qualified of writing brand-new songs relevant to the roiling social alters at hand.

Chief amongst them, the course, to be Minnesota emigre Bob Dylan, and the pic details his famous contributions — the timely, anthemic likes the “Blowin’ in the Wind” and also “A tough Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” setup the conventional for a brand-new songwriting that blended the personal, poetic and political, an especially fueled by the Civil civil liberties movement. Several significant observers here admit Dylan at first left castle unimpressed, through his rough vocals and guitar playing.

Shared ideology and also activism made the scene an ext collaborative than competitive, also if some Greenwich vets choose Fred Neil doubtless experienced mixed feelings in seeing new arrivals (Joni Mitchell et al.) sail right previous them to wider fame.

Those interviewed — Dylan and Mitchell space the most significant no-shows — brought that missionary zeal on v the years via endless benefit concerts and recordings. As a whole, they’ve aged notably far better than succeeding generations of musicians who sought stardom (and its connected hedonistic excesses) sans the society idealism. They’re a genial, frank team for whom that virtually 50-year-gone era continues to be as vivid together yesterday. A parade of vintage TV clips reflects the currently somewhat surprising extent to which their music got to a mass audience, maybe the goofiest illustration gift a Buffy Saint-Marie/Andy Williams duet on “Fixin’ to dice Blues.”

As a whole, “Greenwich Village” is less resonant than its individual parts; the editorial framework is competent but somewhat pedestrian, and also the device chosen together a narrative structure — Susan Sarandon analysis excerpts from early Dylan girlfriend Suze Rotolo’s memoir “A Freewheelin’ Time” — has a flat, gee-whiz quality, together if the least exciting person in ~ a party had been asked to define it for posterity. If there may still be room for a much more definitive documentary top top the subject, however, Archibald’s initiative is solid enough to serve fairly nicely for now.

Greenwich Village: Music That identified a Generation

Documentary - Canada

Production:A Kino Lorber release of a Solomon's Signature Prods. Presentation the a Laura Archibald production in association v Joe Cecala. Developed by Laura Archibald, Nicolas Kleiman, rob Lindsay, Kevin Wallis. Executive, management producer, Joe Cecala. Directed by Laura Archibald. Written by Archibald, rob Lindsay, Kevin Wallis.

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Crew:Camera (color/B&W, HD), Pete Howell; editors, Nicholas Kleiman, Lindsay, Wallis; sound, affluent Goyette, Anthony Sandler. Reviewed in ~ Santa Barbara movie Festival (Cinesonic), Jan. 31, 2013. To run time: 92 MIN.With:With: Oscar Brand, Eddie Brennan, Kris Kristofferson, Pete Fornatale, Terri Thal, Steve Earle, Eric Andersen, john Sebastian, Happy Traum, Tom Paxton, Paul Colby, Michelle Phillips, john Flynn, Kenny White, Owen Elliot, john Doherty, Tom Bernardin, Doug Yeager, Melanie, Don McLean, Peter Yarrow, Arlo Guthrie, David Amram, Carolyn Hester, Pete Seeger, Lucy Simon, Carly Simon, Tom Chapin, Judy Collins, Jose Feliciano, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ian Tyson, Sylvia Tyson, Ben Taylor, Israel Horovitz.Narrator: Susan Sarandon. Music By: