SCREENING: 12 November 2019 at 20:30
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Dirs. Molly Berstein and Philip Dolin, 2019, USA, 97 mins
UK PREMIERE + Q&A featuring special guests TBA
This film is a tribute to the small group of music-obsessed hustlers who brought live rock and roll to the world. In the beginning, hand in hand came Bill Graham and Frank Barsalona. Graham was in San Francis core-inventing how popular music was promoted and presented. Barsalona formed Premier Talent Agency in New York and hand-picked promoters around the country to show his English Invasion acts in their regions: Ron Delsener in NYC, The Belkin Brothers in Cleveland, Arny Granat in Chicago, Don Law in Boston and Larry Magid in Philly. A couple hundred thousand lives hows later, the rest is history. We feature interviews with the promoters and agents who built the business as well as with artists Carlos Santana, Jon Bon Jovi, and Bob Geldof–just a few of the many musicians who wouldn’t have had careers without them. Through hard-rocking archival performances, photos, playbills, and posters, the film evokes the vibrant, explosive texture of the times. And then, of course, there is the amazing music that changed the world forever. From the small clubs that Frank Zappa called “Psychedelic Dungeons,” to the sold-out stadiums of Live Aid, There Will Be Rock celebrates an unknown chapter in the story of the greatest art form of our time: Live Rock
Doc’n Roll Film Festival is supported by the BFI using funds from the National Lottery to grow audience appetite and enjoyment for a wide range of independent British and international films.