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Festival Express

Rating:R (for some language)
Genre:Documentary
Release Date:July 23, 2004
Running time:90 minutes
Cast:Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, The Band, Phil Lesh
Director:Bob Smeaton, Frank Cvitanovich
Producer:John Trapman, Gavin Poolman
Distributor:ThinkFilm Inc.

Description: In 1970 a train journeyed across Canada carrying some of the greatest rock bands of all time. Janis Joplin, The Band, The Grateful Dead, Ian & Sylvia, Buddy Guy, Delaney & Bonnie, and others lived (and partied) for five days, giving concerts where and when they stopped. The train was called the Festival Express. Nicknamed the million dollar bash by Rolling Stone Magazine Festival Express was designated to capitalize on then-burgeoning craze for multi-day, talent heavy music festivals. Festival Express was planned as a festival with a difference--it would be portable. This proved to be stamp of genius, indelibly stamping the event with an aura of magic, as a large number of the performers signed on despite being offer fees substantially below their going rate. The musicians thought the train ride sounded like the party to end parties.

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